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Monday, April 17, 2017

Freeze, Die, Come to Life. The many paths to immortality in post-Soviet Russia

Lecture | April 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall


Anya Bernstein, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Harvard University

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


Through practices such as cryonics and plans to build ro, botic bodies for future "consciousness transfer," the Russian transhumanist movement has engendered competing practices of immortality as well as ontological debates over the immortal body and person. Drawing on an ethnography of these practices and plans, I explore controversies around rehgion and secularism within the movement as well as...   More >

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One Belt, One Road: Remaking Eurasia?

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science, UC Berkeley; David Roland-Holst, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

Consul Wang Dong, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Li Yi, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Consul Sun Jia, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


China's "One Belt, One Road" is one of the most ambitious infrastructure plans of the past century. A panel of political science and economics scholars will discuss the plan, its goals, and its potential effects with delegates from the Consulate General of the PRC-SF.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Authoritarian Soft Power? Russia, International Cyber Conflict, and the Rise of “Information Warfare”

Lecture | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Jaclyn Kerr, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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


In the lead-up to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, the American media audience was barraged by a surprising display of confidential information and correspondence stemming from hacked private and organizational emails and other records, most notably from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  After months of speculation concerning Russian involvement in the hacking which led to...   More >

Thursday, April 20, 2017

History, Utopia, and Nothingness: Rethinking Chaadaev

Workshop | April 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Kirill Chepurin, Senior Lecturer, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Alex Dubilet, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University

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


This workshop rethinks the theoretical resources and presuppositions of Pyotr Chaadaev's Philosophical Letters. Chaadaev condemned Russia as a nation outside time, a singular nothing without history or topos, but what exactly is the immanent logic of this nothingness, this revolutionary life without habit or rule? Can, perhaps, this logic be construed as a method - and if so, what is at stake?