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REEES Upcoming Events

Monday, May 13: Human with a Stool (JPG) Film Screening and Q&A with the crew     

4:30 - 9:50 p.m., Cognitive Science Building (CSB) 002, UC San Diego

Thursday, May 23: "Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors" (PDF) : A Talk by Katherine Reischl, Assistant Professor at Princeton University 

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., VAF 366 (Conference Room), UC San Diego

*Refreshments will be provided

About the Talk:

Photography, introduced to Russia in 1839, was nothing short of a sensation. If Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky greeted the sensationalized camera with skepticism in the nineteenth century, numerous twentieth-century authors welcomed it with a warm embrace. In this study of the Russian and Soviet author-photographer, which includes authors as varied as Leonid Andreev and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Reischl argues for the central place that photography has played in the formation of the Russian literary imagination over roughly seventy years. But just as authors used images to shape the reception of their work and selves, Russian photographers -- from Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky to Alexander Rodchenko -- used text to shape the reception of their visual work. From the diary to print, this primer in photographic literacy traces the paradoxical life of the photograph and the medium's agency in all its maddening manifestations: claims to objectivity and falsification, science and artistry, originality and copy, propaganda and dissidence. 

About the Speaker

Katherine M. H. Reischl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University and is currently the Christian Gauss Fund University Preceptor. She received her BA (2005), MA (2007) and PhD (2013) from the University of Chicago in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her book, Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors, is based on archival research undertaken while a Fulbright Fellow in Russia. Her current book project is an intermedial exploration of color and color technologies in Russia in the late Soviet period, tentatively titled, Beyond Red: Late Soviet Color.


REEES Past Events

Monday, April 15: "The Scale of Culture: City, Nation, Empire and the Russian-Georgian Encounter" (PDF): A Talk by Harsha Ram

2 - 3 p.m., Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

About the Speaker

Harsha Ram is Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at U.C. Berkeley. His first book, The Imperial Sublime (2003) addressed the relationship between poetic genre, aesthetic theory, territorial space and political power in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Russian literature. His forthcoming book, The Scale of Culture. City, Nation, Empire and the Russian-Georgian Encounter, seeks to provide a historical account of cultural relations between Georgian and Russian artists and writers during the imperial and early Soviet eras, while at the same time offering a site-specific case study of how a "peripheral" city on the margins of multiple regional systems negotiated the challenges of historical modernity and aesthetic modernism.


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


You can now support the REEES Program through online donation.

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