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Thursday May 16, 2013
UW Allen Library Auditorium
Under Putin’s rule Russian cinema has engaged in a well-funded mythmaking effort aimed at re-establishing the old Soviet image of the Great Patriotic War as the foundation of the new official memory, and many of the latest Russian war films pointedly include negative Ukrainian characters. For years, however, the nearly moribund Ukrainian film industry has not been able to produce a successful answer to the spate of Russian war films – a movie that would engage the opponent by using the same tools of mass culture. It was only in 2012 that Mykhailo Illienko in his Firecrosser found a way to link new and old myths of the war in a film crafted in the Hollywood tradition and with elements of fantasy. Often called “the first Ukrainian blockbuster,” this movie found its way into the mainstream film distribution system and was even released in Russia (on DVD and television). In this talk, Prof. Yekelchyk aims to make sense of this success story by positioning it in the context of post-Soviet memory struggles and global cultural trends.
Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk is Associate Professor of Slavic Studies and History at the University of Victoria. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Alberta and has published extensively on the development of a modern Ukrainian national identity in the Russian Empire, Stalinist culture, and the politics of memory in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine. His books include Stalin’s Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination (2004), Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (2007), and The World of Ukrainian Patriots in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century (2010, in Ukrainian). He also co-edited a collection on Europe’s Last Frontier & Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine between the EU and Russia (2008).
Thursday May 16, 2013
As the authors of the above study stated in the introduction (p.12), their purpose was “to give voice to the female intelligentsia of the Central Asian states.” The best way to accomplish this task was to engage a number of selected women, almost all with a university education, in a kind of survey interview. The authors spoke with 67 women in Uzbekistan, 59 in Kazakhstan, 49 in Kyrgyzstan, 24 in Turkmenistan and 18 in Tajikistan. After a discussion on “The Female Intelligentsia of Central Asia: Old and New Problems (Chapter I, pp.16-31), the statements of the interviewed women are presented according to the questions they had been given. For example, a major set of questions centers on the family: “What does family mean to you? Have you ever witnessed discrimination against women in the family?” (p. 34). Other sets of questions deal, e.g., with “Looking Back into the Past” (p.73), “Women Lives: Determined by Religion, Culture or neither?” (p.99) and “Education: Bane or Boon?” (p.125). All in all, of greatest value are the individual and very personal answers of the women who indeed represent the female elite of Central Asia.
Friday May 17, 2013
Both, the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbaev have regularly published books to inform their people about the directions of their plans and actions. Nazarbayev’s book is a valuable record of the first five years of Kazakhstan’s independence. It also contains his speeches and addresses on various occasions.
Friday May 24, 2013
Seattle Center House Theater, Seattle Washington
Juliana & PAVA and Russian children’s folklore ensemble “Gudochek” will again represent Russian folk music, ancient traditions, and rituals at the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, the largest free festival of traditional art, crafts, and music in North America. Northwest Folklife will take place from May 24 to May 27 at Seattle Center. Beauty and artistry of performers, colorful authentic costumes brought by the leader of both projects Juliana Svetlitchnaia from expeditions to remote Russian villages, polyphonic folk songs that were passed down through generations until the present time, rare musical instruments such as hurdy-gurdy, kalyuka, kugikly, scythe, chimney door - will be awaiting you at the joint performance of Juliana & PAVA and Gudochek. The entrance to Center House Theatre is located at the north end of Armory (former Center House) building, where you can also get through the entrance of Children’s Museum, or ride the elevator down from the main hall of the building.
Saturday May 25, 2013
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Thursday May 30, 2013
The above novel is the last work of Chingiz Aitmatov (1928-2008). He transmits here a strong message to the Kyrgyz to protect their sacred mountains and the animals living there, notably the snow leopard. Since independence (1991) ruthless Kyrgyz have made it a lucrative business to organize hunting parties for wealthy Arabs to hunt in the mountains the snow leopards which as a result are now almost extinct. The author also speaks out against destructive western influences in Kyrgyzstan.
Friday May 31, 2013
The book contains short stories of seventy Uzbek writers. Each writer is represented by one story. Only to the writers Abdulla Qodiriy (1894-1938), known for the first Uzbek novel O’tgan kunlar (The Days that Passed), and Uchqun Nazarov (1934 -) have been given space for two and more stories. It seems that the compilers’ goal is to show the impressive number of Uzbek short story writers who had their work published during the 20 th century. Each writer, among them two female writers, is introduced with a picture and a brief biography. The task of selecting the most representative work for each of the writers must not have been easy. Unfortunately, the introduction, written by B. Karimov, does not inform us about the guidelines or criteria for the selection. Nonetheless, the statement that the Uzbek short story is a mirror of Uzbek life is very true. Indeed, the Uzbek short story is a most valuable source to learn about Uzbek customs, norms and values.
Wednesday June 5, 2013
3:30 - 5:00
While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union.
In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia-the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias--communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society, while nearby, migrants, prisoners, and soldiers were banned from plutopia--they lived in temporary "staging grounds" and often performed the most dangerous work at the plant. Brown shows that the plants' segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. In four decades, the Hanford plant near Richland and the Maiak plant near Ozersk each issued at least 200 million curies of radioactive isotopes into the surrounding environment--equaling four Chernobyls--laying waste to hundreds of square miles and contaminating rivers, fields, forests, and food supplies. Because of the decades of secrecy, downwind and downriver neighbors of the plutonium plants had difficulty proving what they suspected, that the rash of illnesses, cancers, and birth defects in their communities were caused by the plants' radioactive emissions. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today.
An untold and profoundly important piece of Cold War history, Plutopia invites readers to consider the nuclear footprint left by the arms race and the enormous price of paying for it.
Professor Brown earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies from the University's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Thursday May 16, 2013 to Sunday June 9, 2013
SIFF Cinema, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109
In the Shadow
Friday, June 7, 9:30 PM
Saturday, June 8, 11:00AM
Set in Cold War Prague as the Soviets tightened their grip on Czechoslovakia, this suspenseful noir crime drama follows an honest cop whose jewelry heist investigation is taken over by State Security. Winner of nine prestigious Czech Lion awards and Czech Oscar® submission.
Filmmaker David Ondříček, who was recently listed by Variety magazine as one of the top "10 Directors to Watch," will be in Seattle for both screenings.
My Dog Killer
Thursday, June 6, 9:00 PM
Friday, June 7, 12:30 PM
Mira Fornay's second feature follows a day in the life of 18-year-old Marek who lives on the Slovak-Moravian border. Marek's best friend and only confidant is his dog as he deals with the hooliganism of his skinhead friends and his single father.
Check SIFF for tickets and a detailed schedule.
Tuesday June 18, 2013
1301 5th Ave. North, Suite 1500
Join the Trade Alliance and the Jackson School for International Studies for this analysis of Russia’s economic and political relationships and potential implications.
In 2012, Russia became a member of the WTO. While this certainly has a potential impact on Western economies, Russia is also navigating its relationship with the rising economies of East Asia and Central Asia. How will Russia’s orientation impact its relationships with these different parts of the world?
These questions matter to Washington state, which exported over $905 billion in merchandise to Russia in 2012. As Russia’s relationships with other strategic parts of the world grow, what does this mean for our companies and institutions?
Reşat Kasaba is Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and the Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies. He is Professor of International Studies, and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Civilization, Sociology, and Political Science, and held the Henry M. Jackson Professorship in 2007-2010. He is the author of numerous publications including, most recently, the award winning book, A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees.
Laura Iglitzin has been Executive Director of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation since 1995. Arriving at the Foundation in 1992 she developed the Foundation’s human rights program in Russia. She specializes in U.S.-Soviet relations and early 20th century political history. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Lara managed the Congressional Roundtable on U.S.-Soviet Relations. Lara did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington and received master’s degrees in Russian history and Russian studies, from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.
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Don Hellmann is Professor of International Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Since 1994, he has been director of the University’s APEC Study Center and has served as chair of the U.S. Consortium of APEC Study Centers. He received his undergraduate education at Princeton University and holds masters and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Scott Radnitz is Associate Professor of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. His research deals with authoritarian politics, informal networks, and identity, with an emphasis on Central Asia and the Caucasus. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 2007.
Friday June 21, 2013 to Sunday June 23, 2013
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Friday July 12, 2013 to Sunday July 14, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109
The CCEC, in cooperation with SIFF and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, is proud to present Czech That Film Presented by Staropramen, a 3-day film festival celebrating some of the best of Czech cinema.
The festival will feature seven films over the three days, as well as an opening night reception sponsored by Staropramen. Visit our Czech That Film page for the full line-up!
Thursday August 29, 2013 to Saturday August 31, 2013
University of Washington
The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) is pleased to announce its 2013 regional conference, titled Czechs, Slovaks and North America: Destination, Example, Opportunity, to be held on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle from August 29 to August 31, 2013 (with optional sightseeing extensions through September 2).
For more details, including the call for papers, visit the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.
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