Faculty Updates

Nick Breyfogle published “At the Watershed: 1958 and the Beginnings of Lake Baikal Environmentalism” in Slavonic and East European Review 93, no. 1 (2015) and “‘Another Voice from God’: An Orthodox Sermon on Christianity, Science, and Natural Disaster,” in Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion, ed., Heather Coleman, Indiana University Press (2014).

He gave presentations at conferences in Portugal, Honolulu, Fresno, New Haven, Washington, D.C., and several at Ohio State. Breyfogle received two grants for conferences from Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies and he continues as editor of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective.

Angela Brintlinger has been invited to the Collegium Artes Liberales at Warsaw University for a short term residency in May 2015, a trip partially sponsored by the Polish Studies Initiative.

Jill Bystydzienski, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Bystydzienski will be affiliated with the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies and Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she will research the “Organized response to status of women in STEM fields in Poland” during autumn 2015.

Danielle Fosler-Lussier’s book Music in America’s Cold War Diplomacy is forthcoming from University of California Press.

Helena Goscilo with Margaret B. Goscilo published the book,  Fade from Red: The Cold-War Ex-Enemy in Russian and American Film 1990-2005 (New Academia Publishing, 2014).

In November 2014, Goscilo was invited to the conference, Neo-Academism and Neo-Conservatism in Contemporary Russian Art, Music and Film: 1989-2014, organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and Dalarna University, Stockholm, Sweden. At the conference, she presented “Implicitly Illicit: Transgression as la Belleza in Bella Matveeva’s Art.” In March, she organized and chaired the panel “Revisiting Socialist Realism” at the Midwest Slavic Conference.

Yana Hashamova, professor of Slavic Studies (principal investigator) and Jennifer Suchland, associate professor of Slavic Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (co-principal investigator) have been awarded a two-year collaborative grant from the Slovenian International Integration Agency and the European Science Foundation to work with three Slovene scholars, Oto Luthar (principal investigator), Simona Zavratnik (co-principal investigator) and Sanja Cukut Krilic, (co-principal investigator). Their project, Gendered Migrations and Human Trafficking: Comparative Study of Experiences in the USA and Slovenia,will employ interdisciplinary approaches to gather new cross-national and regional data.

Hashamova published "Looking for the Balkan (Br)other: The National Gaze in Dzhanik Faiziev’s The Turkish Gambit in The Russian Review 74 (April 2015). Her volume, Transgressive Women in Russian and East European Culture: From the Bad to the Blasphemous, co-edited with Beth Holmgren and Mark Lipovetsky, is forthcoming from Routledge.

Gerry Hudson was part of the roundtable “Is There a New Cold War?” organized by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. 

Maria Ignatieva authored the chapter “Mikhail Chekhov: Homo Ludens” in The Routledge Companion to Mikhail Chekhov, ed. Yana Meerzon and Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu, Routledge, April 2015. Ignatieva also published the article “Stanislavsky Revisited: The Meiningens,” in Artos, vol. 2 (February 2015), and presented “Pushkin's Boris Godunov as Russian Political Nostradamus" at the 40th Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland (March 2015).

Brian Joseph visited at the University of Prishtina in Kosova and gave two invited lectures, "Greqishtja e Shqiperises Jugore ne Mjedisin e saj shqiptare gjuhesore" ["The Greek of southern Albania in its Albanian Linguistic Environment"] on March 24, 2015, and "Rreth disave lidhjave te thelle e te lashte te mundeshme midis greqishtjes dhe shqipjes" ["On some possible deep and archaic connections between Greek and Albanian"] on March 25, 2015.
Joseph also gave an invited presentation with Dr. Christopher Brown as co-author, entitled “On Hybrid Forms in Language Contact--
Some evidence from the Greek of Southern Albania”, at the Second International Conference on Greek-Albanian/Albanian-Greek Studies, in Tirana, Albania, March 27,  2015.

George Kalbouss will be giving a presentation  on “Russian and Russian-American Songs,” in May to the Ohio Cultural Alliance.

Jessie Labov’s article, “Cold Days in the Cold War on the Hungarian-Serbian Border,”  will be published in the fall  2015 issue of Studies in East European Cinema. She received a Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association for her monograph Transatlantic Central Europe: Contesting Geographies and Redefining Culture Beyond the Nation, forthcoming from Central European University Press in 2015.

Labov’s co-edited collection, Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond: Transnational Media During and After Socialism (with Friederike Kind-Kovacs) is being reissued by Berghahn in paperback this spring.

Scott Levi published his book, Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Penguin). Levi delivered the talk “The Early Modern Silk Road: Rethinking the Orientalist Legacy in Central Asian History” for the Andrew Mellon Foundation’s John E. Sawyer Critical Silk Road Seminar at Georgetown University.

Myroslava Mudrak gave a talk, “A Crisis in Cubism: The Theoretical Writings of Alexis Gritchenko,” at the College Art Association meeting in New York in February.  She delivered the presentation “Taras Shevchenko: Painter, Poet, Voice of the People” in March in Cleveland.

Mudrak will also moderate the symposium “The Ukrainian Avant-Garde Stage in the 1910s and 1920s” in April at the Ukrainian Museum in New York, as part of the exhibit Staging the Ukrainian Avant Garde of the 1910s and 1920s that will be open through September 2015.

Stephen Petrill has co-authored a new article appearing in Personality and Individual Differences that suggests the reason that some students feel unmotivated in school is due to their genes. Petrill conducted several studies on fraternal and identical twins between the ages of nine-16 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, Russia and the United States. More information on the article and research can be found in the press release from Ohio State’s Office of Research Communications. 

Andrea Sims and PhD Candidate Jeff Parker published their paper “Lexical Processing and Affix Ordering: Cross-Linguistic Predictions” in Morphology (2015).

Jennifer Suchland was awarded an Arts and Humanities Larger Grant for the research project “Domesticating Trafficking: Re-signifying Violence in the United States.” The project looks at local anti-trafficking strategies for how they open-up and foreclose opportunities for the recognition and redress of violence. She was also awarded a Coca-Cola Critical Difference grant for the project “Intimate Democracy: Feminist Cultural Activism in the Context of Political Homophobia.” This project will focus on political homophobia in Croatia, Slovenia and Russia and different forms of cultural activism that have emerged to combat it. 

Suchland’s book Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press) will be published in August. For the 2015-16 academic year, she will be a visiting faculty in the Gender Programme at the University of Utrecht.