Each semester, the Havighurst Center hosts the Havighurst Colloquia Series.  This lecture series, which is attached to an undergraduate, cross-listed topics course focusing on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), is comprised of invited guest speakers who lecture on some aspect of the topic being taught that particular semester.

Spring 2018

The Intimacy of Power: Politics and Everyday Life in Russia and Eastern Europe

ATH/HST/RUS 436/536, POL 440-540; Neringa Klumbyte, Instructor
11:40a-1:00p, Harrison Hall 202


Wednesday, February 14
Jessica Greenberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Remaking European Borders: The Migration Crisis from an Eastern European Perspective

Monday, February 26
Alaina Lemon, University of Michigan
Not a Puppet: Tremors, Tempos, and the Feeling of Being Animated

The talk first explores claims that others (“Soviets,” “voters”) are not feeling bodies or thinking agents, are merely vessels that succumb to external programming, along with complaints of being treated as a mere actor or a puppet, or always having to prove that one is not a robot.  It resolves not by rejecting the automatic or embracing  agency, but by suggesting that our convictions about original creativity —that it is forged by individuals, in competition — are illusions forged in the Cold War.  These are illusions that we, scholars of a region where people did in fact practice techniques for collective creativity, are well-positioned to demonstrate.  

Wednesday, March 7
Serguei Oushakine, Princeton University
From Caoutchouc to Galoshes: How to Talk to (Soviet) Children about Class, Labor and Ethnicity

Serguei Oushakine has conducted fieldwork in the Siberian part of Russia, as well as in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. His research is concerned with transitional processes and situations: from the formation of newly independent national cultures after the collapse of the Soviet Union to post-traumatic identities and hybrid cultural forms. His first book The Patriotism of Despair: Loss, Nation, and War in Russia focused on communities of loss and exchanges of sacrifices in provincial post-communist Russia. His current project explores Eurasian postcoloniality as a means of affective reformatting of the past and as a form of retroactive victimhood. Oushakine’s Russian-language publications include edited volumes on trauma, family, gender and masculinity. Prof. Oushakine is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Princeton.

Monday, March 12
Krisztina Fehervary, University of Michigan
Retro Hungary: Nationalist Re-mattering of the Modern Past

This lecture examines how the global phenomenon of “retro” branding has taken on peculiar significance in Hungary over the last two decades. “Retro” refers to the branded products, technologies and fashions of a modern past, most often to the popular mass-consumer products and styles of the mid- to late-20th century.  In Hungary, however, this past largely coincides with the period of state socialism, a system that has become ever more controversial and denigrated in political and social life.  Fehervary's analysis shows that in Hungary, “retro” works to advance a project that repositions Hungary within a 20thCentury history where it was never separated from or outside of a capitalist “modern” world. The mass-produced and branded goods that were central to the lives of Hungarian middle-strata citizens become the material evidence of full Hungarian participation in this modernity, as both fashionable consumers but also as producers of goods that now qualify for a global retro aesthetic. This re-mattering of the nation’s past reanimates a Hungarian modern subjectivity, but at the cost of erasing all trace of both the political-economic system that made it possible, as well as the places, people and products that do not fit this modern, retro-style narrative. Retro branding is thus surprisingly compatible with contemporary nationalist and right-wing attempts to valorize the nation and purge it of all remains of state socialism.

Monday, April 2
Natalia Roudakova, Independent Scholar
Losing Pravda: Ethics and the Press in Post-Truth Russia

Monday, April 9
Tomas Matza, University of Pittsburgh
Precarious Care: Psychological Guidance on a Russian Margin

Monday, April 16
Rima Praspaliauskiene, University of California, Berkeley
Money, Transparency and Health Care Reform in Lithuania

Monday, April 23
Emily Channell-Justice, Miami University
“Don’t Trust Politicians”: Self-Organization Before and After Ukraine’s Maidan