Serguei A. Oushakine

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Teaching (Spring 2021)
Communist Modernity: The Politics and Culture of Soviet Utopia (SLA 420 / ANT 420 / COM 424 / RES 420)
Proseminar in Anthropology (ANT 502)


PhD with distinction in Anthropology (Columbia University, 2005)

Anthropology of emotions; transitional states; nationalism, memory and politics of history; postcoloniality; new materialism; language, narrative, and popular genres; everyday life; Communism; Soviet and post-Soviet Eurasia.

Short Bio
Serguei Oushakine has conducted fieldwork in the Siberian part of Russia, as well as in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. His research is concerned with transitional processes and situations: from the formation of newly independent national cultures after the collapse of the Soviet Union to post-traumatic identities and hybrid cultural forms. His first book The Patriotism of Despair: Loss, Nation, and War in Russia focused on communities of loss and exchanges of sacrifices in provincial post-communist Russia. His current project explores Eurasian postcoloniality as a means of affective reformatting of the past and as a form of retroactive victimhood. Oushakine’s Russian-language publications include edited volumes on trauma, family, gender and masculinity. Prof. Oushakine is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Princeton.

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Publications List: 

Selected Publications

Unsettling Nomadism.” A special collection of articles edited for Ab Imperio, 2012, Vol.2.  
“Red Laughter”: On Refined Weapons of Soviet Jesters Social Research, 2012, Vol. 79 (1).
"Emotional Blueprints: War Songs as an Affective Medium."
in: Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe. Ed. by Mark D. Steinberg and Valeria Sobol
 DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011.
"Totality Decomposed: Objectalizing Late Socialism in Post-Soviet Biochronicles" The Russian Review. Special Issue on Documentary Trends in Contemporary Russian Culture. Vol.69. No.4. (2010): 638-669.
The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia New York: Lexington Books, 2010. (Co-edited with Costica Bradatan)  
Jokes of Repression. A Special Section edited for East European Politics & Society, November 2011, Vol. 25 (4).  
Wither the Intelligentsia: The End of the Moral Elite in Eastern Europe. Guest editor of the special issue of Studies in East European Thought. Vol.61 (4), November 2009.