On being a Snob

Meanwhile, an offer to post a piece on Snob has arrived, and was gladly accepted — because a text has been in the making all this time, while I processed the postdoc year spent in Russia. That processing is still not over (will it ever be quite over?), but some contemplations did take shape.

In Russian.


What does Ukraine think?

“Beyond Pro and Anti: Monochrome Prefixes and Their Discontents” — my thoughts on the spiral of silence, the inverse echo chamber, and wartime’s semantic chameleons, in “What does Ukraine think?” collection from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ed. by Andrew Wilson).

Post-Submission Thoughts

Here are five thoughts about the things I wish I knew three or four years ago, when I started this blog and was just beginning to research my topic:

What a New Doctoral Candidate (in Britain) Might Want to Know

End of Year 3

Here it is — the end of year 3. The usual mayhem of May Week is over, and all undergraduates have gone home. Chatty tourists, excited summer-schoolers and stressed graduate students now inhabit Cambridge. As for me, it seems I’ll be staying at least another term. Submission goal: winter of 2013/14.

Article and Invitation

It’s hard to believe that a brand new spring, my third one in Cambridge, is already here. One wouldn’t know it from the weather outside, but the feeling stubbornly persists: it’s March, and this academic term is drawing to a close. One month from now, on April 10, I’ll be giving a talk on “Understanding Polyphony:…

Welcoming 2013

Looking forward to the publication of an article in Canada this spring, and awaiting editorial decisions on two other texts, I’m facing the fact that this year, 2013, sits in my LinkedIn profile as the expected PhD completion date.

Drobitsky Yar – 2

A shortened version of the Drobitsky Yar piece is printed in the Memory at War newsletter (Issue No. 11, October 2012) — just in time to mark the October 24 anniversary of the occupation of Kharkov.

And Summer Comes

Another long delay. Perhaps a good place to start would be a piece called “Kharkov motifs: Three variations” / “Харьковские мотивы в трёх вариациях” that appeared on Historians-in-UA this past April. It is written in Russian and Ukrainian. Here is a brief overview in English:

New Year’s updates

Happy new year one and all – may 2012 bring each of a us a bit closer to understanding the things we seek to understand. Two very brief updates: * 1. Some of my thoughts on contemporary Slavonic studies and memory can be found on the new Historians.in.UA website: О памяти в Кембридже, и не…