Also by appointment.
Teaching (Fall 2021)
Language, Identity, Power (ANT 326 / COM 329 / ECS 315 / TRA 326)
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.
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. Currently, he finishes two book-length projects. One of them explores the role of early Soviet media in creating new forms of spectatorship and new optical regimes in the 1920s-1930s in the Soviet Union. The other project focuses on postcolonies of communism, bringing postcommunist and postcolonial studies together. Oushakine’s Russian-language publications include edited volumes on trauma, family, gender and masculinity. He was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a recipient of the ACLS’ Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (School of Social Science).
The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children. Co-edited with Marina Balina (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021)
Transmediating Children's Books: An Archeology of Discarded Futures. Guest-edited cluster of essays. The Russian Review (2021, Vol. 80, No. 3)
А Medium for the Masses: Photomontage and the Optical Turn in Early Soviet Russia (Moscow: (Garage Publishing Program 2020)
“Machines, Nations, and Faciality: Cultivating Mental Eyes in Soviet Books for Children,” in The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures. Edited by Aga Skrodzka, Xiaoning Lu, and Kasia Marciniak. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 157-193)
“Second-Hand Nostalgia: On Charms and Spells of the Soviet Trukhliashechka,” in Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Confronting the Empire’s Legacies. Ed. by Otto Boele, Boris Noordenbos, Ksenia Robbe. (London: Routledge, 2019, pp. 38-69)
“Realism with Gaze-Appeal: Lenin, Children, and Photomontage,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (2019, Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 11-64)
“Presence Without Identification: Vicarious Photography and Postcolonial Figuration in Belarus,”October (2018, Vol. 164, pp. 49-88)
“How to Grow out of Nothing: The Afterlife of National Rebirth in Postcolonial Belarus,” Qui Parle(2017, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 423-490)
Landscapes of Socialism: Romantic Alternatives to Soviet Enlightenment. Guest-edited symposium. Rethinking Marxism (2017, Vol. 29, No. 1)
The Twentieth Century: Letters of Wars. Co-edited with Alexey Golubev (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2016)
“Translating Communism for Children: Fables and Posters of the Revolution,” boundary2 (2016, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 159-219)
“‘Against the Cult of Things’: On Soviet Productivism, Storage Economy, and Commodities with No Destination,” The Russian Review (2014, Vol. 73, No. 2, pp.198–236)
In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia. Co-edited with Costica Bradatan (New York: Lexington Books, 2010)
The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)