IAS Invited Lecture Series in Materiality of (Post)socialism


Between the Socialist Ideal and its Capitalist Shadows

Chukhrov Keti

Russian poet and academic, art theorist and philosopher. Doktor Nauk in Philosophical Sciences (2013), Candidate of philological sciences (1998), Docent at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (since 2016), 2017-2019 – Marie Skłodowska Curie Alumna at the Wolverhampton University, UK. Publications (selected): Book Chukhrukidze (Chukhrov) K. Practising the Good. Desire and Boredom in Soviet Socialism. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2020. Articles: The Philosophic Disability of Reason. Evald Ilyenkov’s Critique of Machinic Intelligence, Radical Philosophy. 2020. No. 207. P. 67-78; Moscow; Epistemological Gaps between the Socialist East and the Democratic West., in: Primary Documents. Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology. Duke University Press, 2018. Ch. 39. P. 375-381.

Structural tensions and dynamics of politicization: housing struggles in postsocialist Hungary

Gagyi Agnes obtained her PhD in Social Communication in 2011 at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Since 2017 she is Researcher at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at University of Gothenburg. Before that she worked as Associate Adjunct Professor at Eszterházy Károly University, Hungary, and conducted research projects at New Europe College, Romania, and George Mason University, USA. She is a founding member of the Working Group for Public Sociology “Helyzet” in Budapest. Book: Gagyi, A. (2019) A válság politikái. Új kelet-közép-európai mozgalmak globális perspektívában (Politics of the crisis. New East-Central-European Movements in Global Perspective). Budapest: Napvilág. Journal articles: AGagyi, A. and A. Vigvari. (2018) Informal Practices in Housing

Collections and historical imagination

Golubev Alexey Scholar of Russian history with a focus on social and cultural history of the twentieth century and an additional expertise in STS, public and digital history. He completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of British Columbia in 2016 and spent a year as a Banting Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Toronto before joining the UH Department of History in fall 2017.  Golubev’s most recent publication is The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2020), about the impact of materiality on the organization of the Soviet social life during the late socialist era

Trans-Socialist Infrastructures: Vernacular Marxism For and Against Wild Capitalism

Murawski Michał He is an anthropologist of architecture and of cities based at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Critical Area Studies. His work focuses on the complex social lives of monumental buildings and on the architecture and planning of Eastern European communism. Books:. The Palace Complex: A Stalinist Skyscraper, Capitalist Warsaw, and a City Transfixed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (New Anthropologies of Europe Series) 2019; Kompleks Pałacu Polish-language monograph, translated by Ewa Klekot, Warsaw: Museum of Warsaw Press 2015.

Architecture in Global Socialism

Łukasz Stanek is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Manchester School of Architecture, The University of Manchester, UK. Currently Stanek studies the Africanization of Ghanaian Architecture, as part of the Centring Africa Program at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Besides Manchester, Stanek taught at the ETH Zurich, Harvard University GSD, and the University of Michigan.

Stanek authored Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2020). 

Evidence-Based Alternative, ‘Slanted Eyes’ and Electric Circuits: Doing Chinese Medicine in the Post/Socialist Czech Republic

Stöckelová Tereza is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and an associate professor at the Department of Sociocultural Anthropology, Charles University. Since 2020, she is a member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, an advisory body and forum of reflection set up by UNESCO. Recent publications include: Stöckelová, T., Trnka, S. 2020. Situating biologies of traditional Chinese medicine in Central Europe. Anthropology & Medicine 27(1): 80-95; de Rijcke, S., Stöckelová, T. 2020. “Predatory Publishing and the Imperative of International Productivity: Feeding Off and Feeding Up the Dominant.” Pp. 101-110 in M. Biagioli and A. Lippman (eds.): Gaming the Metrics: Misconduct and Manipulation in Academic Research. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Russia between foreign agency and the enlightenment: A hegelian-feminist approach

Timofeeva Oxana Oxana Timofeeva is Sc.D., professor at “Stasis” Center for Philosophy at the European University at St. Petersburg, leading researcher at Tyumen State University, member of the artistic collective “Chto Delat?” (“What is to be done?”), deputy editor of the journal “Stasis”, and the author of books History of Animals (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; Maastricht: Jan van Eyck, 2012; trans. into Russian, Turkish, Slovenian, and Persian), Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2009), How to Love a Homeland (Moscow, syg.ma, 2020; Cairo: Kayfa ta, 2020; trans. into Arabic), Solar Politics (forthcoming) and other writings.

Making DIY Technologies – Experiencing Modernity: rethinking the "shortage paradigm

Zinaida Vasilyeva works as a post-doc at the STS Department of the Munich Technical University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. In her doctoral dissertation entitled “From Skills to Selves: Recycling ‘Soviet DIY’ in Post-Soviet Russia” she explored how meanings and values attributed to manual knowledge and skills and do-it-yourself practices in the late Soviet society shifted and changed after the dissolution of the Soviet political and economic order. Her current project at TUM focuses on European space politics and technologies.

Publications (selected) Vasilyeva 2019 (with A. Masalskaya) At the Periphery of the Empire: Recycling Old Japanese Cars into IT community in Vladivostok. In: From Russia with Codes: Programming Migrations in Post-Soviet Times. Eds. Mario Biagioli & Vincent Lepinay. Duke University Press. Vasilyeva 2018 (with Kasatkina and R. Khandozhko). Vasilyeva (2014). Samodeiatel’nost’ : v poiskakh sovetskoi modernosti [Self-Activity: Searching for a Soviet Modernity], Novoie literaturnoie Obozreniie, 128, 54-63.

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