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REEES Upcoming Events

Monday, April 15: "World Literature and the Urban Everyday: The Physiology as Travelling Genre (Paris, St. Petersburg, Tiflis)": A Talk by Harsha Ram

3 - 5 p.m., SSB 107

About the Talk:

The study of world literature seems caught between two competing models: on the one hand, an abstract globalism, frequently mapped as a system of relations between centres and peripheries and, on the other, as a material circuit of exchange traceable as a series of interconnected networks. The former model has found particular favour in the privileged case of the novel, but how do things stand with other genres? Ram's paper examines the physiology, a popular quasi-journalistic genre dedicated to the description of customs and social types, whose heyday coincided with the July Monarchy in France, and which gained unprecedented success in Russian letters shortly thereafter, after which it was also adapted to the circumstances of Russia’s own imperial borderlands. His talk outlines the essential contours of the physiology as it arose in France, and compares its French life with its Russian metropolitan counterpart, where it was transformed from a paraliterary genre to one that would occupy the centre of the Russian literary life in the transition from romanticism to realism. Its subsequent life in the Caucasus region reveals the rise of a colonial urban aesthetics of the picturesque, initially propounded by Russian writers from the metropole, but later appropriated by local Georgian and Armenian actors. Does this story confirm or confound the diffusionist model? How might it compare to the familiar account of urban flâneurie celebrated by Baudelaire, which is frequently regarded as the founding moment of literary modernity?


REEES Past Events

Thursday, January 24: Vladimir Vysotsky, a Russian Cultural Legend: A Talk by Dmitry Bykov 

5 - 7 p.m., Geisel Library, Seuss Room, UC San Diego

About the Talk:

Vladimir Vysotsky (1938-1980) was a singer, songwriter, actor, and poet — a giant in Russian popular music and popular culture alike. Vysotsky was an icon of the 1960s and continues to unite the Russian-speaking diaspora. In commemoration of what would have been Vysotsky’s eightieth birthday, the UC San Diego Library hosted an ongoing winter quarter exhibit on Vysotsky’s life and legacy. Included in the exhibit was a commemorative Vysotsky medallion presented to UC San Diego by Yuri Kaida of Riga, Latvia, in appreciation of the university’s ongoing relationship to the Russian-speaking diaspora community.

Dmitry Bykov, Moscow-based scholar, novelist, and poet have discussed Vysotsky’s life, work, and legacy during a lecture on Thursday, January 24. The lecture and exhibit were jointly sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program, and the San Diego-based European Staff Association.

To listen to the talk, please click here: 

About the Speaker

Dmitry Bykov is a celebrated Russian writer, poet, and journalist. He is a well-loved host of television and radio programs in Russia, and is the co-creator, with Mikhail Yefremov, of the popular Citizen Poet project, which presents contemporary Russian topics in the form of classic poetry. He lectures widely in Russia and abroad.

Photo by Patrick Hennessey/ UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities     Photo by Patrick Hennessey/ UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities
Photos by Patrick Hennessey/ UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities


Revolutions and Rebellions Research Group

Revolutions and Rebellions [website]

Currently, scholars across a wide range of disciplines are concerned with the relationship between socialism as an ideology and as a political practice. This workshop will convene around several important questions, across cultures and disciplines: What is the difference between socialism in theory and in practice? How has the experience of recently existing socialisms affected the notion of freedom, transparency of government, and history? What can be gleaned from existing and recent socialist states to help us better understand the role of Marxism in society? What is the relationship between socialist ideology and the institutions of culture? The group will be convening monthly for 2-hour discussions of a scholar’s research in progress.

Russian Soviet Studies partners with Socialism in Contexts to host regular talks on recently existing Socialist societies including in Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, China, and Latin America. A list of their events can be found on their website.

Russian Club at UCSD

Russian Club at UCSD [Facebook Page]

The Russian Club at UCSD is a student run group that holds activities and runs on-campus,  weekly conversation sessions in Russian.

UCSD Slavic Affiliates

UCSD Slavic Affiliates [Facebook Page]

This page contains reminders and announcements about events and research opportunities related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.



A group of faculty and graduate students gathers quarterly for an informal discussion of a recent published work. For more information about the "Kruzhok", please email Professor Amelia Glaser [email].

Russian Conversation Table

Russian Conversation Table [Facebook Group]

The Russian Conversation Table offers anyone an opportunity to practice Russian with other speakers. The group meets every Monday at 1pm in front of the Price Center Jamba Juice. Anyone is welcome! You can follow the groups activities by joining their Facebook Group, currently managed by Elena Yulaeva.


Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies


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CAESAR Programs Coordinator


Andrianna Martinez

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1105
(858) 534-4551

Walk-in Advising:
10:00-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:00 PM
and by appointment