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Monday, March 2, 2015

Narratives about 'Us': The Ukraine Crisis in pro-Government Russian Youth Politics

Lecture | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Anna Schwenck, PhD Candidate, Program in Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


The talk discusses the narratives about 'us' that inform speeches and lectures delivered at the regional version of the Federal Youth Forum "Seliger", which takes place annually in the Autonomous Republic of Sakha/Yakutia in the Russian Far East. Using Michael Burawoy's concept of the ‘revisit’ as an ethnographic technique, I compare the salience of such narratives at the forum before and after...   More >



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Faces of Eastern Europe - Screening Part II: 13 Short Films from 13 Countries in the European Union

Film - Short | March 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Doe Library, 180, IEAS Conference Room


Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Institute of European Studies, European Union Center


Films:
Oleg, Jaan Tomik 2010
Inwentaryzacja (Inventory), Pawel Luzinski, Poland 2010
Obsedenost (Obsession), Marina Grzinic / Aina Smid, Slovenia 2008
Léto, cas dlouhých letu (Summer of the Long Flights), Ramunas Greicius, Czech Republic 1996
Daqquet ix-Xita (Plangent Rain), Kenneth Scicluna, Malta...   More >



The Last Of The Unjust (Claude Lanzmann; France, 2013): Documentary Voices

Film - Documentary | March 3 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


The director of the Holocaust documentary Shoah tackles one of that era’s most controversial aspects—the collaboration of Jewish “elders” in running the Czech concentration camp and “model ghetto” Theresienstadt—in this encounter with Benjamin Murmelstein, the camp’s last surviving elder.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Paradjanov; USSR, 1969): Introduction by Harsha Ram

Film - Feature | March 4 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Harsha Ram

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


(Sayat Nova, a.k.a. Red Pomegranates). Sergei Paradjanov’s paean to his Armenian heritage is an exotic mosaic of the mystical and historical that achieves a surreal effect. In tracing the life of the great eighteenth-century Armenian poet and monk Sayat Nova through his writings, Paradjanov weaves a metaphorical short history of the Armenian nation, telling of Turkish genocide, Persian invasions,...   More >


$9.50 General Admission, $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)

Friday, March 6, 2015

39th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: The Collapse after a Quarter Century: What Have We Learned About Communism and Democracy?

Conference/Symposium | March 6 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Alma Vardari-Kesler, Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Márton Dornbach, Assistant Professor of German Studies, Stanford University; Piotr H. Kosicki, Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Bittson National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; M. Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Edward W. Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian & East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Gail Kligman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA; Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Levon Abrahamian, Varnum Paul Visiting Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies: Stanford University


39th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference
on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies


The Collapse after a Quarter Century:
What Have We Learned About Communism and Democracy?


Friday, March 6, 2015
The Faculty Club, Heyns Room
University of California, Berkeley

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WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
9:45–10:00 a.m.
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The Legend of Suram Fortress (Dodo Abashidze, Sergei Paradjanov; USSR, 1985): Introduction by Harsha Ram

Film - Feature | March 6 | 7-9 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Harsha Ram

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


This film is based on a Caucasus Mountains legend that tells of the repeated efforts of the Georgian people to construct a fortress against invaders. The story, at once simple and marvelous (in the literal sense), unfolds in a circular rather than linear manner, and its mythic possibilities are realized wondrously in the film’s visuals.


$9.50 General Admission, $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)



Ashik Kerib (Sergei Paradjanov; USSR, 1988): Introduction by Harsha Ram

Film - Feature | March 6 | 8:50-10:45 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Harsha Ram

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


This is a true trans-Caucasus venture, produced by a Georgian studio and directed by an ethnic Armenian who selected Azerbaijani as the language of his film—simply because he loved the sound of it. Ashik Kerib, a poor singer and saz (Turkish guitar) player, when denied the hand of the woman he loves, sets out on a ten-year journey. The film recounts the adventures of the wandering minstrel.


$9.50 General Admission, $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)

Monday, March 9, 2015

From a Model of Development to Evil Incarnate: How Russia Has Come to Loathe the West

Lecture | March 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Maria Lipman, European Council on Foreign Relations Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


In the Soviet Union of the late 1980s opening up to the West looked like a natural path to prosperity and democracy. In post-Soviet Russia, the attempt to emulate western models has ended in public disappointment. The collapse of the Soviet empire left Russia in limbo: too large and ambitious to ever become a mere member of the European alliance, yet lacking the attraction to form a strong...   More >



On Chekhov's Religion

Colloquium | March 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 160 Dwinelle Hall


Carol Apollonio, Professor of the Practice, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


The fifth lecture of the Slavic Colloquium series for Spring 2015.

(NB. Those wishing to prepare should read “The Peasants”, “Gusev” and “Vanka”)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc: Introduction by Jurij Meden

Film - Feature | March 11 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Jurij Meden

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Karpo Godina launched his career in the mid-sixties with a succession of 8mm experimental shorts, predominantly designed to question everything he was being taught at the state film academy. In retrospect it seems as if Godina had to go through this romantic, frantic phase in order to arrive at what he became famous for: extracting as much (political) action and dynamics as possible from...   More >


$9.50 General Admission, $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Soviet Authorities and the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, 1920-1990

Lecture | March 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Ara Sanjian, Associate Professor in Armenian and Middle Eastern History; Director, Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan - Dearborn

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


How did the Soviet authorities both in the Kremlin and in Yerevan deal with the topic of the Armenian Genocide and its commemoration, from the moment they assumed power in Armenia in 1920 and until they lost power during the dying days of the Soviet Union, in 1990? What are the key moments when the Soviet attitude toward the Armenian Genocide changed? How can these changes be explained? Who were...   More >



AGITATING IMAGES: Photography Against History in Indigenous Siberia

Lecture | March 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Craig Campbell, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Forms, University of Texas at Austin

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Anthropology, Experimental Ethnography Working Group


This talk will explore the central themes in Agitating Images: Photography Against History in Indigenous Siberia. This book is a composite project that ranges between cultural history, visual anthropology, and continental philosophy. The first component draws together critiques of photography, archives, and historical knowledge. The notion of ‘agitation’ is a conceptual intervention I...   More >

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

European Fundamental Rights Federalism: When are EU Member States bound by EU fundamental rights?

Lecture | March 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Martin Nettesheim, Professor of Law and Director of the Tuebingen University Center for International Economic Law (TURCIEL), Tuebingen University Law School

Institute of European Studies


The European Court of Justice began to develop its fundamental rights jurisprudence in the 1970s. Its activities became controversial when the Court started to apply EU fundamental rights to Member state institutions in situations where only a loose connection to EU substantive law existed. The future architecture of the EU and its federal distribution of powers will be determined to a...   More >



Croatian Avant-Garde Filmmakers of the 1960s: Introduction by Pavle Levi

Film - Feature | March 19 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Pavle Levi

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


The filmmakers represented in this program are among the most prominent members of the enormously vibrant Croatian experimental scene of the 1960s. Their approach to cinematic experiments differed greatly, from a prototype of the so-called anti-film to works that anticipated the structural film movement, to poetic-meditative orientations. 


$9.50 General Admission, $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Way Home (Aleksandr Rekhviashvili; USSR, 1981/87): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | March 21 | 6:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Georgian history and legend, politics and social stratification, religion and ethics. Allusive, stylized, and allegorical from beginning to end.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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The Nylon Christmas Tree (Rezo Esadze; USSR, 1985): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | March 21 | 8:15 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A group of mismatched travelers gather to take a bus during New Year’s Eve in actor/director Rezo Esadze’s work of allegorical realism.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Bittersweet Films of Mikhail Kobakhidze (USSR/France, 1967-2001): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Short | March 22 | 3 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A selection of short films made by the talented Georgian filmmaker Mikhail Kobakhidze, whose style is simple on the surface, but employs creative relationships between images and sound.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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The Experimental Film Movement in Siberia: Formative Years (1950s-60s): Yugoslav Avant-Garde Cinema, 1950s-1980s: Ex-Film from an Ex-Land

Film - Series | March 22 | 5 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


With the establishment of cine-clubs in Yugoslavia after World War II, the filmmakers at the front ranks of experimental cinema in Serbia in the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s created a number of films that used narrative experimentation to pose questions related to the socialist social system.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Iliko, Ilarion, Grandmother And Me (Tengiz Abuladze; USSR, 1963): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | March 28 | 6 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Abuladze accompanies his characters through the seasons, through the war and then the peace. The “Me” in the title is Zuriko, an orphan who lives with his grandmother Olga.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Amarcord (Federico Fellini; Italy, 1974): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | March 28 | 8 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Federico Fellini and Georgian filmmaker Tengiz Abuladze shared a kinship through their filmmaking styles. In Amarcord, Fellini evokes a year in the life of the small Italian coastal town of Rimini in the mid-1930s with free-spirited fantasy, bittersweet comedy, and intimate detail.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Experimental Film Movement in Siberia: Years of Structure (1960s-80s): Yugoslav Avant-Garde Cinema, 1950s-1980s: Ex-Film from an Ex-Land

Film - Series | March 29 | 5 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Film as a medium of expression and film in which the structure plays the dominant role were the most widespread in the 1960s and 1970s in Belgrade.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Ukraine Crisis and a New Paranoid Style in German Politics

Lecture | March 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jochen Kleinschmidt, Assistant Professor of International Relations, EAFIT University, Medellín, Colombia

Institute of European Studies


In the context of the Ukraine crisis and the resulting uncertainties in German domestic politics, a new style of political communication has emerged in Germany that challenges the traditional western orientation of foreign policy with discourse based in conspiracy theory. Some commentators have attributed the appearance of this discourse to Russian internet-based information warfare, while others...   More >



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (Tinatin Gurchiani; Georgia/Germany, 2012): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Documentary | March 31 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A film director organizes a casting call for fifteen- to twenty-three-year-olds and the results form the basis for a revealing portrait of Georgian society.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.