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    15
    Feb
    2024

    Habsburg Pan-Slavism and its Czechoslovak and Yugoslav legacies

    18:00Blandijn, Leslokaal 6.60
    SEELECTS

    Alexander Maxwell (Victoria University, Wellington)

    Abstract

    As the era of nationalism began, Slavs in the Habsburg Empire espoused Panslavism, which they imagined as a linguistic community arising because all Slavs spoke the same “Slavic language.” Efforts to promote this language, and the distinct literary traditions it encompassed, rested on the unstated assumption that a single “language” may contain multiple literary traditions, imagined as “dialectical” yet written in distinct orthographies. This paper examines this literary Panslavism as a form of nationalist politics. It suggests that literary Panslavism affected subsequent Czechoslovak and Yugoslav nationalism, both of which similarly posited a single language with multiple literary traditions.

    Biografie

    Alexander Maxwell is associate professor of history at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003. He previously taught at the University of Wales Swansea, and the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of Choosing Slovakia, Patriots Against Fashion, and Everyday Nationalism in Hungary. He has published widely on nationalism theory and nationalism in East-Central Europe. He has guest edited themed issues of Nationalities Papers, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, the Journal of Nationalism, Memory, and Language Politics, German Studies Review, and Central Europe. He is currently working on Habsburg Panslavism.

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  • Woe
    28
    Feb
    2024

    Как cпасти мёртвого друга | How to save a dead friend

    19:30Campus Ufo, Technicum, Blok 2, Auditorium F
    Slavische films

    (Rusland) / Zweden / Noorwegen / Frankrijk / Duitsland 2022, Marusja Syroečkovskaja

    Vorig jaar nog op Film Fest Gent, dit jaar in onze intieme filmreeks.

    In deze aangrijpende documentaire toont Syroečkovskaja hoe haar geliefde Kimi ten onder gaat aan drugs. Ze puzzelt hiervoor honderden uren beeldmateriaal samen die ze gedurende twaalf jaar (sinds haar zestiende) van haar leven heeft gemaakt. De film is tegelijk een weerspiegeling van het leven voor jongeren in Rusland: ze toont de inertie van de generatie millenials die zich machteloos voelt tegenover de toenemende politieke repressie onder Vladimir Poetin. 

    De documentaire viel in de prijzen tijdens het Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Ghent Film Festival en Singapore International Film Festival.

    Onlangs verscheen in Raam op Rusland een interview met de regisseur: https://www.raamoprusland.nl/dossiers/cultuur/2447-portret-van-een-depressieve-generatie

     

     

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    14
    Mar
    2024

    Angry young men vs. modest provincials? Reimagining the dissident writer in Russian cinema

    18:00Blandijn, Leslokaal 6.60
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    Otto Boele (Universiteit Leiden)

    Abstract

    This paper explores the figure of the dissident-writer in recent Russian cinema and TV drama, specifically the way in which these productions appropriate and (de-)construct mythologies of the shestidesiatniki (men/women of the 1960s) making them subservient to current narratives on protest and political dissent in late-Putinist Russia (post 2012). The purpose is to show that by “domesticating” some of these former dissidents or otherwise ostracized authors (while excluding others), these films and TV series reimagine the 1960s as a seemingly romantic, but essentially anomalous time in which the literary forces of the Russian heartland (Aleksandr Vampilov, Nikolai Rubtsov) were undeservedly marginalized by the noisy avant-gardists in the capitals (Akhmadulina, Yevtushnko, Voznesensky). Focusing primarily on  Tainstvennaia strast’ (Furman, 2016), a Channel One production based on Vasily  Aksenov’s last novel, and Oblepikhovoe leto (Alfiorov, 2018), a biopic on the career of Aleksandr Vampilov, I hope to demonstrate how one of the most liberal periods of Russia’s twentieth-century history is being cinematically exploited for the purpose of alerting the viewer about “similar” phenomena in the present (“latte-sipping hipsters” in Moscow vs. the “glubinnyi  narod”, “Gayropa vs. “traditional values”etc.).

    Biografie

    Otto Boele obtained his MA degree in Russian at the University of Amsterdam and his PhD at the University of Groningen. He is now Associate Professor of Russian literature at the University of Leiden. He is the author of The North in Russian Romantic Literature (1996), Erotic Nihilism in Late Imperial Russia. The Case of Mikhail Artsybashev’s “Sanin” (2009) and a co-editor of Post-Soviet Nostalgia. Confronting the Empire’s Legacies (2019). Recently, he has published a number of articles on glasnost cinema and the collective memory of the 1990s.

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