Lecture: The Caucasus: From Geopolitics to Geopoetics

Lecture | September 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT |  YouTube

Location:  Map

Speaker:  Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The Caucasus is primarily seen as a contested territory, an interregional space caught between rival empires as well as local polities. At the same time its topographic and ethnolinguistic diversity has captured the imagination of travelers over the centuries. This talk explores the tensions and convergences between territorial ambition and the literary imagination as exemplified by the Russian tradition. It suggests that literature, rather than simply corroborating or resisting the goals of the state, articulates the problem of sovereignty in ways that touch on the aesthetic as well as political dimensions of power.

This event will be live-streamed via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npqUgsP1aBQ