Faculty and Student Updates

Alisa Ballard (Slavic and East European Literatures and Cultures) presented the paper “’Thirdness’ as Performative Politics in Krzhizhanovksy’s That Third Guy, a Cleopatra Farce for the Stalinist Era” and participated in the roundtable “Restaging the Avant-Garde: Actor and Text in the Contemporary Russian Theater” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Nicholas Breyfogle (History) chaired and acted as discussant for the panel “The Green and the Red: Environmental History and Soviet History” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Angela Brintlinger (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) published the following: “Mothers, Father(s), Daughter: Svetlana Aleksievich and The Unwomanly Face of War” ed. Heather Coleman, Canadian Slavonic Papers, “Aleksievich and Her Times,” “Memento Mori: Strolling through the Cemetery with Chekhov” in The Antioch Review; “Vilya [An Excerpt from Yury Tynianov and the Science of Literature]” in The Antioch Review; and “Pis’ma, putevye zametki, puteshestvie: A.S. Griboedov kak strannik v poiskakh zhanra” [in Russian], in Pushkin i drugie (dvadtsat’ let spustia): sbornik v chest’ 80-letiia S. A. Fomicheva, ed. S.V. Denisenko and N.L. Dmitrieva (St. Petersburg: Pal’mira). She presented the talk, “Boots are Better than Shakespeare: The Representation of Footwear in 19th and 20th century Russian Literature,” University of Toronto, Toronto CA (October 2017). Brintlinger also participated in the podcast: “One Hundred Years after the Russian Revolution,” podcast for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, with Nick Breyfogle and Steve Norris (October 2017).

Alexander Burry (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) participated in the roundtable “Transpositions: Music and Literature” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Mollie Cavender (History) published an article, "Hunting in Imperial Russia: State Policy and Social Order in L.P. Sabaneev's Writing" in The Russian Review (July 2017). She presented the paper "Steppe, Taiga, Tundra: Representation of Rural Areas and Wilderness in Late Imperial Hunting Publications" at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Faculty Exchange Program (FEP): The Office of International Programs in Agriculture, in collaboration with Stan Thompson and Allan Lines, professors in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, is hosting six fellows from Ukraine, August-December 2017. These fellows are agribusiness and agricultural economics faculty from higher education institutions in Ukraine and are focused on enhancing their understanding of U.S. agricultural systems and policies through classroom observation, practical field visits, and interaction with U.S. agricultural industry representatives.

This program is funded by the Foreign Agricultural Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 2017 FEP Fellows visiting Ohio State University are Iryna Volovyk, Dnipropetrovsk State Agrarian and Economic University; Oleksandr Olshanskiy, Kharkiv State University of Food Technology and Trade; Oleksandr Opalov, Zhytomyr National Agro-ecological University; Inna Lozynska, Sumy National Agrarian University; Lesia Zaburanna, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULES); and Viktoriia Krykunova, Kherson State Agrarian University.

Dr. Allan Lines and Mr. Barry Ward, Assistant Extension Professor and Leader of Production Business Management, conducted a three week visit to Ukraine in June 2017 to meet with the 2016 FEP cohort at their respective universities, as well as farmers and other ag production specialists around the country.

Rafiq Islam, research scientist and program leader of the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Program at Ohio State South Centers Research Station (OSU South Centers), and Dr. Tom Worley, director of OSU South Centers, conducted a 1 week visit to Ukraine in Sept. 2017. The primary purpose of the visit was to collaborate with Dr. Nataliia Didenko, research scientist at the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation and a 2016 Borlaug Fellow at Ohio State who researched soil compaction, soil quality, and water management during her three-month fellowship, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug Fellowship Program. Islam and Worley also met with other collaborators at Dnipro State Agrarian University, Zhytomyr’s Agro-ecology and Forestry Research Institute, and Kherson State Agrarian University.

Theodora Dragostinova (History) acted as discussant for the panel “Media and Film Coverage of Migrants and Refugees in the Balkans” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Nicole Freeman (History) was awarded a dissertation research grant in June 2017 by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She plans to use the grant to conduct research at the Jewish Historical Institute and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw followed by a month at the Łódź State Archive and Wrocław State Archive in Poland. She was interviewed as a “Member Spotlight” in the October 2017 issue of Newsnet, the ASEEES newsletter. She was also awarded a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship for research abroad. Her dissertation studies the care, education, and rehabilitation of Jewish children in Germany and Poland after the Holocaust. Freeman will be spending her time abroad doing archival research in Poland for six months and in Germany for two months.

Anastasiia Gordienko (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) presented the paper “Putin’s Politics and the Underground Music: Synergy or Co-existence?” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Helena Goscilo (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) presented the paper “The Elephant and the Jewish Question” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Yana Hashamova (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) presented the paper “(Mis)information and (Mis)representation: Western Media Coverage of the Refugees Crisis in the Balkans, 2015-2016” and acted as discussant for the panel “Re-Interpreting Gender and Sexuality in Russian Mass Media and Pop Culture” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

David Hoffmann (History) was recently appointed College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History. He also received the 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Award for Distinguished Teaching in History.

Maria Ignatieva (Theatre) chaired the panel “The Intelligentsia in Russia: Have Rumors of its Death Been Exaggerated?” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Ludmila Isurin (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) published two books: Integration, Identity and Language Maintenance in Young Immigrants (Isurin, L. & Riehl, CM. (Eds.)); and Collective Remembering: Memory in the World and in the Mind. The monograph has been nominated by Cambridge University Press for the American Psychological Association Division 52 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award. This award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or more specifically, the degree to which the book adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view. She also presented two papers at international conferences: ISB in Limerick, Ireland, and AILA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

M.A. “Pasha” Johnson (Library) presented the paper “Old Wine in New Bottles: Preserving the Content of Legal Documents in Hilandar Monastery for Over Eight Centuries” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Scott Levi (History) chaired two panels, “Beyond the Silk Monopoly: Commodities and Exchanges in the Caspian Sea” and “Conveyors of Ideology and Violence in Tsarist and Early Soviet Southern Borderlands,” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention. Through University of Pittsburgh Press, he recently published The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876: Central Asia in the Global Age.

Myroslava Mudrak (History of Art, emerita) published “Kazimir Malevich, Symbolism, and Ecclesiastic Orthodoxy” in Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives, edited by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow; “A Cipher No More” in Red Horizon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960-2010. Selections from the Neil K. Rector Collection, the exhibit catalogue; and “Ukrainian Ex Libris in the Slavonic Library in Prague” in Slavic & East European Information Resources (forthcoming). She presented the paper “’Visual Hallucinations’ and The Unbearable Lightness of Post-Colonial Being in Ukrainian Art of the 1980s and 1990s” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention. Dr. Mudrak also reviewed the following book: Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Period 1928-1930. Articles, Documents and Letters, compiled and edited with annotations and introduction by Tetyana Filevska, edited by Wendy Salmond, and translated into English by Marta Skorupsky and Wendy Salmond. She also has a review of the East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies [online] forthcoming.

Daniel Pratt (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) acted as discussant for the panel “Milan Kundera’s Žert Fifty Years On” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Emma Pratt (Slavic and East European Studies, MA grad alumna) started a new position at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University in September 2017.

Carole Rogel (History, emerita) chaired the panel “Slovenia and Beyond: Small State Foreign Policy in the EU” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Andrea Sims (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) taught Introduction to Morphology (by invitation) in July at the 2017 Linguistic Institute, the Linguistic Society of America's biennial summer school, held this year at the University of Kentucky. Along with collaborators [Adam Ussishkin (University of Arizona), Jeff Parker (DSEELC Ph.D. 2016), Samantha Wray (NYU - Abu Dhabi) and Ekaterina Kibler (current DSEELC graduate student)], she also organized the Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition workshop (July 22-23, 2017) in conjunction with the Institute, with primary funding from the National Science Foundation and additional support from the Ohio State’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, and Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. In September 2017 Andrea was a keynote speaker at the 17th Texas Linguistic Society Conference, giving a talk titled "Morphological connectivity in the mental lexicon."

Bridget Stonchus (Slavic and East European Studies) received a University Fellowship from The Ohio State University Graduate School for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Jennifer Suchland (Slavic and East European Literatures and Cultures) chaired the brown bag lunch session “Critical Conversations: Advancing Equal Access in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies,” acted as the discussant for the panelTranslating Race in Eurasia III: Race and the Canon: New Approaches to 19th-century Russian Literature”, and participated in the roundtable “Translating Race in Eurasia II: Red Relations: Race and Transatlantic Radicalism” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Svetlana Ter-Grigoryan (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) presented the paper “Sex in the Soviet Style: Popular Press Discourses on Sex during Glasnost” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention.

Olli Tuovinen (Microbiology, emeritus) published the following: Antsiferov, D.V., T.S. Fyodorova, A.A. Kovalyova, A.P. Lukina, Y.A. Frank, M.R. Avakyan, D. Banks, O.H. Tuovinen, and O.V. Karnachuk. Selection for novel, acid-tolerant Desulfovibrio spp. from a closed Transbaikal mine site in a temporal pH-gradient bioreactor. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

Catherine Walworth (History of Art, alumna) published Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism, a book based on her dissertation.

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