Conference Program: "Imperial Reverb: Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism" (Princeton, May 13-15, 2016)

Serguei Alex. Oushakine's picture
May 13, 2016 to May 15, 2016
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Anthropology, Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Social History / Studies


IMPERIAL REVERB: Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism

May 13-15, 2016  •  120 Lewis Library


FRIDAY, May 13, 2016

10.00 – 12.30                  PANEL I: PROVINCIALIZING THE POSTCOLONIAL

Chair: EKATERINA PRAVILOVA (Princeton University)

DIRK UFFELMANN (University of Passau)

Varieties of Nationalism in Polish and Russian Appropriations of Postcolonial Theory

VIACHESLAV MOROZOV (University of Tartu)

Postcolonial Russia: The Figure of the Native and the Obstruction of Popular Subjectivity

DIANA T. KUDAIBERGENOVA (University of Cambridge)

Unidentified Diffusion: The Use and Abuse of Postcolonial Discourse in Post-Independent Kazakhstan

Discussant: HARSHA RAM (UC Berkeley)


14.00 – 16.30                  PANEL II: WHEN THE SUBALTERN SPEAK

Chair: ELENA FRATTO (Princeton University)

ROSSEN DJAGALOV (New York University)

Premature Postcolonialists: the Afro-Asian Writers' Movement from Tashkent to Luanda

IVAN SABLIN & LILIA BOLIACHEVETS (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg)

The Second or the Fourth World: Critique of Communism and Colonialism in Contemporary North Asian Literatures


Four Perspectives on the Second World, Tajik Realism, and Soviet Socialism

Discussant: ARVIND RAJAGOPAL (New York University)


17.00 – 19.00    KEYNOTE ADDRESS

DAVID CHIONI MOORE (Macalester College)

East, West, and South: Complex Asymmetries in Postcolonial / Post-Soviet Debates Since 2001


SATURDAY, May 14, 2016

10.00 – 12.30                  PANEL III: POST-IMPERIAL CLAIMS

Chair: MARGARET H. BEISSINGER (Princeton University)

SAYGUN GÖKARIKSEL (Boğaziçi University)

 Misadventures of Transitional Justice: Rightwing Lustration in “Postcolonial” Poland

CHOI CHATTERJEE (California State University)

Whom Does a Woman Speak For in a Post-World Order? The Case for and against Anna Politkovskaya and Arundhati Roy

ALBERT DOJA (University of Lille)

Post-imperial Truth Claims and Postcolonial Knowledge Production in the Post-Communist Balkans

Discussant: RONALD GRIGOR SUNY (University of Michigan)


14.00 – 15.45                  PANEL IV: DEVELOPMENT AND ITS AFTERMATH

Chair: KATHERINE M.H. REISCHL (Princeton University)

MALIKA BOHAVODINOVA (Indiana University) & ARTEMY M. KALINOVSKY (University of Amsterdam)

Internationalism and (Post)Colonialism: Central Asia and the Soviet Development Paradigm

YURI BOYANIN (La Trobe University)

Civilization Lost: Visual and Sound Narratives of Communism in Ruins

Discussant: JOHANNA BOCKMAN (George Mason University)


16.00 – 18.30                  PANEL V: BORDERS IN FLUX

Chair: MICHAEL KUNICHIKA (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

ZSUZSA GILLE (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Postcoloniality in 3D: The East-European New Right Wing’s Cognitive Map

KEVIN M. F. PLATT (University of Pennsylvania)

White Skin, Black Masks: Dual Domination on the Border of the Soviet Post-Colony

NATALIYA TCHERMALYKH (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

A Metaphor, a Map and a Flag: Art as a (Public) Space of Reflection on Post-Soviet Coloniality

Discussant: EDYTA BOJANOWSKA (Rutgers University)


SUNDAY, May 15, 2016

10.00 – 12.30                  PANEL VI: POSTCOLONIAL ASSEMBLAGES

Chair: PERRY SHEROUSE (Princeton University)


“Frozen Music:” Imperialist Formations in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia


Ethno-Chaos: Provincializing Russia through Ukrainian “World Music”

VESSELA WARNER (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Performing Imperialism in Postcommunist Yugoslavia: Nation and Memory in the “Skopje 2014” Project

Discussant: NARIMAN SKAKOV (Stanford University)


13.00 – 14.30                  PANEL VII: STRUCTURES OF DECOLONIZATION

Chair: SERGUEI OUSHAKINE (Princeton University)

ŁUKASZ STANEK (University of Manchester)

Memories of an Encounter. Eastern European Architects in West Africa during the Cold War

NARI SHELEKPAYEV (Université de Montréal)

Astana as an Imperial Project: Kazakhstan and its Wandering Capitals.

Discussant:  TARIK CYRIL AMAR (Columbia University)


THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Serguei Oushakine, Chair (Princeton); Tarik Cyril Amar (Columbia); Edyta Bojanowska (Rutgers); Michael Kunichika (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton); Ekaterina Pravilova (Princeton)

This conference is a part of Princeton Conjunction, a series of annual conferences that has been taking place at Princeton University in the last few years. The series is organized by the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and made possible by the generous funding from Princeton’s institutions.

Contact Info: 

Carole A. Frantzen