Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region.
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ARTH 541/SLAV 525: Aesthetic Technologies of the Russian Avant-Garde
Lilya Kaganovsky and Kristin Romberg
M 2-4:50 pm, Flagg 404
This course takes as its primary focus the radical transformations of aesthetic technologies in painting, photography, film, literature, poetry, and related media produced by the Russian avant-garde in the period from the 1917 Russian Revolution to the beginning of the Second World War. This course is organized as a primer on the technologies of seeing and representing as they appear in Soviet film, literature, poetry, and the visual arts of the 1920s and 1930s. Topics will include: “trans-sense” (zaum), estrangement (ostranenie), montage, collage, attraction, factography, mastery or conquest of space through vision (osvoenie), and socialist realism.
LAW 657: International Human Rights Law
[time and location TBA]
Based primarily on a series of contemporary “real world” problems, the course introduces the student to the established and developing legal rules and procedures governing the protection of international human rights. Its thesis is that there exists a substantial body of substantive and procedural International Human Rights Law, and that lawyers, government officials, and concerned citizens should be familiar with the policies underlying this law and its enforcement, as well as with the potential it offers for improving the basic lot of human beings everywhere. Additionally, the course presupposes that the meaning of “human rights” is undergoing fundamental expansion, and therefore explores Marxist and Third World conceptions of human rights as well as those derived from the liberal West.
NPRE/GLBL/PS 480: Energy and Security
T 12:30-1:50 pm, Transportation 101; R 12:30-1:50 pm, Transportation 101 OR R 2:00-3:40 pm, 340 Armory
Security and supplies of energy, mineral resources, and water. Evolution of the importance of various fuels in conflicts (including coal, oil, uranium, and natural gas) starting with the Franco-Prussian Wars. Theories of international conflict and examination of the role of individual leaders versus institutional factors in the precipitation and outcome of pivotal wars. Econometric analyses relevant to past and projected future energy use.
REES 201: Introduction to Eastern Europe
TR 12:20-1:50, [location TBA]
This survey course explores the part of the world that falls under the broad term “Eastern Europe,” a problematic label that is defined in various geographic, political, and cultural ways. Taking a socio-historical approach to a region and its empires which stretch from the Balkans to Sibera, we will travel through 2000 years of transformational history. You will have the opportunity to choose one country to be the focus of your personal research. You will also participate in scholarly, cultural, and creative activities within a larger regional group.
SLAV 399: The Life and Times of Vladimir Putin
MWF 1-1:50 pm, Gregory Hall 205
This course examines the figure of Russian president Vladimir Putin against the backdrop of imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet culture while exploring his connection to real-life characters and plots from a variety of Russian and Western sources. The defining traits of Putin’s Russia as well as the poetics of his charismatic national and international presence will also be explored. A representative selection of relevant artistic productions is covered, from classic Russian poetry and prose to gangster movies, rock, pop, and hip hop. No knowledge of Russian required.
SLAV 525 G: Medieval Epics and Modern Forgeries: The Igor Tale in its Contexts
W 2-4:50 pm, [location TBA]
Since its discovery in the late eighteenth century, the Slovo o polku Igoreve (the Igor Tale) has occupied a central but isolated place in Russian literary history. Received as a secular national epic, Slovo stood out as unique in the canon of medieval Russian literature and as singularly important to the forging of a modern Russian national literary identity. These features led to suspicions concerning the authenticity of the work from the very beginning. In this course, we will read the text of Slovo closely (in the Old East Slavic/OCS) and examine its features as a literary work in comparison to related Kievan period texts, to other “authentic” medieval epics, to oral epic traditions, and to later “forgeries.” We will examine the debates over Slovo’s authenticity and explore how arguments on both sides shed light on the nature of medieval literature and how that literature was received (and transformed) in the age of developing nationalism.