Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present Day

February 24: 12 noon-5 pm & February 25: 9 am-7 pm

On February 24th and 25th, the Slavic Graduate Students’ Association (SGSA) will host the Third Annual Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies. The conference will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Foreign Language Building (FLB) in the Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080). The conference theme is Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present-Day. With this year’s theme the conference organizers wanted to explore the shifting subtleties of national and cultural traditions in East European literature, art, language, pop culture, politics and performance. Several Slavic Department graduate student scholars were interested in looking at the influence of socio-political aspects on representational and creative systems.

The SGSA reached out to Slavists and young scholars across disciplinary fields and regional institutions. Consequently, SGSA is hosting several out-of-state panelists. We hope that this interstate and interdisciplinary show of interest proves for a rewarding and invigorating exchange of ideas.

The scope of this conference is large, as is evidenced by the number of diverse panel topics. This year’s panel subjects span the traditional and modern scopes of Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Czech and Moldavian culture. Specifically, panelists will discuss topics like, “Ressentiment, Colonial Subjects, and Death”; “Ukrainian Literature, Cinema and Art”; “Device and Mechanism”; “Identity and Mythology”; “Polish Pop Culture”; and “Emigration, Code and Language.”

The Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present-Day conference will feature two keynote speeches, one on each of the conference days. On February 24th, Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky (Miami University, Oxford Ohio) will discuss national identity and cinema in his talk titled: “National Cinema and Cinematic Nationhood: The Case of Modern Ukraine.” On the final conference day, February 25th, Dr. Volodymyr Chumachenko (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will conclude the conference with his talk: “Novel As a Sign of Time.”

SGSA invites you to attend.  You can find additional information and a full schedule online at https://wiki.cites.uiuc.edu/wiki/display/SGSA/Home .

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