WiP: Russian Reflections on Postsocialist/Postcolonial Georgia

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 16th talk of the Spring/Summer 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“Can a Yesterday’s Homeland Exist? Russians Reflecting on Postsocialist/Postcolonial Georgia”

By Mirja Lecke, Ruhr-University, Bochum

Date: June 19, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Based on the example of several recent Russian texts written after 2000, Prof. Lecke will outline Georgia’s role in contemporary Russian literary and ideological discourse. Among the issues that she will discuss is the concept of the Russian World/Peace (Russkii mir) that describes a mythical linguistic-cultural unity of Russian speakers – an idea that she will juxtapose to Russian language practice (attitudes towards accents and other “deviations“ from the norm) as they appear in select literary texts. Moreover, she will present imageries of Georgia and the Southern Caucasus from Russian counter culture.

Mirja Lecke is chair of Slavic Literatures at Ruhr-University, Bochum (Germany). She has studied and worked in Münster, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kraków and Berkeley. Her academic interests include Russian literature of the imperial and post-soviet periods in postcolonial perspective, cosmopolitanism and modernism in Odessa as well as the Polish literature of the enlightenment and post-communist eras. Her publications include a monograph about the representation of the Western borderlands in Russian imperial literature and a co-edited volume on Russian-Georgian literary relations of the post-Soviet era (Россия-Грузия после империи, Москва: НЛО, 2018).

Drawing by Viktoria Lomasko (http://www.pushkinhouse.org/victoria-lomasko/)

*****
W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

PRIVACY POLICY: In order to assure the free and open discussion of ideas and sensitive issues, unless otherwise specified the WiP series holds to the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed, without the explicit permission of said speaker(s) or participant(s) in the press or other public media. Journalists may attend the sessions, but the contents are not for publication or broadcast without the explicit permission of the speaker(s). This is to enable all involved to openly discuss their views in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public and contribute to the broader scholarly and academic conversation.