The 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2019 is a fitting moment to take stock of the cultural changes in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe over the past three decades and to reflect on the region’s conflicted and contested “Europeanness.” This is also a propitious moment to reexamine the existing analytical frameworks for writing the cultural history of this period, and to consider new possibilities.
This conference aims to introduce Wyspianski’s revolutionary ideas, often way ahead of his time, to the American university audience. Preceding those of Gordon Craig and Antonin Artaud and bordering on what we call now post-dramatic theatre (that is non-linear theatrical composition, disconnected images, overlapping of various realities, and interplay between heterogeneous discourses), Wyspianski propagated a vision of an all-embracing, highly artistic, politically responsive, open theatre.
This event will bring to the Yale campus past Yale Baltic Studies Fellows. These scholars are from Lithuania – those who received the Joseph P. Kazickas Fellowship – and from Latvia and Estonia – those who received the Juris Padegs Fellowship. At the conference, the fellows will discuss their scholarly work after their time spent at Yale.
The event is sponsored by European Studies Council and Baltic Studies Program, MacMillan Center, Yale University; and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund.
Yale Baltic Studies Visiting Fellows:
Human capital is fleeing Russia. Since President Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the presidency, between 1.6 and 2 million Russians – out of a total population of 145 million – have left for Western democracies. This emigration sped up with Putin’s return as president in 2012, followed by a weakening economy and growing repressions. It soon began to look like a politically driven brain drain, causing increasing concern among Russian and international observers.
1979. USSR. Directed by Lana Gogoberidze. In Georgian; English subtitles. 95 min.
Next in our Women Filmmakers Series:
A 30th anniversary 35mm screening of LITTLE VERA (1988; 135 minutes, with English subtitles)
Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm, in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
REEES Film Series of Spring 2019 presents a Documentary Screening & Post-Film Discussion with Marianna Yarovskaya, Director & Producer
The film is based on Hoover Institution Press Publication’s Paul Gregory’s book Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives. In researching the surviving threads of memoirs and oral reminiscences of five women victimized by the Gulag, author
This two day conference will address the main issues in Russian and Asian history and politics from the 1920s on, with an emphasis on the Cold War era and recent developments.
Benjamin Peters, Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa, will present a lecture on Soviet artificial intelligence, entitled, “Neither Good nor Old-Fashioned: Rereading Soviet AI.” Professor Peters is a scholar of media theory and Russian and Soviet media and technology. He is the author of “How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet” and editor of “Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture.”
Spring 2019 Joseph P. Kazickas Postdoctoral Associate in European Studies