Friday, March 22, 2013

403 International Affairs Building

9:00 am- Welcome Remarks
9:15-10:45 am – Panel 1: Aesthetics and Affect of Authoritarianism

Chair: Arienne M. Dwyer, CUNY Graduate Center/University of Kansas

Mateusz Laszczkowski, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
“Shrek Meets the President: the Aesthetics of Popular Authoritarianism in Kazakhstan”

Veronica Davydov, Leiden University College
“Affective Mineralogy and Space Dreams: Repurposing Soviet Symbolic Forms in the Service of Post-Soviet Authoritarianism”

Ruoyon Bai, University of Toronto
“Media Scandals and Chinese Authoritarianism”

Rasa Baločkaitė, Vytautas Magnus University
“Police Practices and Violence in Lithuania during the Late Socialism”

Discussant: Natalia Roudakova, University of California at San Diego

10:45-11:00 am -Break
11:00-12:30 pm –Panel 2: Authoritarian Pasts: History, Memories, Nostalgia

Chair: Alexia Bloch, University of British Columbia

Saygun Gökarıksel, CUNY Graduate Center
“In the Free Market of Names: Neoliberal Politics of History and Populist Authoritarianism in Contemporary Poland”

Maya Nadkarni, Swarthmore College
“”I Wish I didn´t Know”: The Problem of Knowledge in Hungary´s State Security Archives”

Kevin Kenjar, UC Berkeley
“”In Tito´s time…”: A Comparative Study of Public Expressions of Jugonostalgija in Croatia and Bosnia”

Ping-Chun Hsiung, University of Toronto
“Re-searching the Making of Calamity: Doing Investigative Research during China’s the Great Leap Forward (1958-1962)”

Discussant: Laura Adams, Harvard University

12:30-1:30 pm -Lunch Break
1:30-3:00 pm –Panel 3: Authoritarianism From Below

Chair: Tsveta Petrova, Columbia University

Olena Aydarova, Michigan State University
“Glories of the Soviet Past or Dim Visions of the Future: Teacher Education Programs as Sites of Historical Becoming”

Ronan Hervouet, Université Bordeaux Segalen
“Authoritarianism from Below: Lessons from Ethnographic Studies in Belarus”

Guangtian Ha, Columbia University
“Human, All Too Human: Gift, Secret Police, and the Authoritarian Chinese Communist Party”

Diana Kudaibergenova and Boram Shin, Cambridge University
“Failed Agency and Nationalizing Authoritarianism: Revisiting (a) Soviet Legacy in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan”

Discussant: Eva-Marie Dubuisson, Bogazici University

3:00-3:30 pm – Break
3:30-5:00 pm, Plenary Speech I

John Borneman, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University

“Opposition and Group Formation: Authoritarianism Yesterday and Today”


Saturday, March 23, 2013

602 Hamilton Hall

Columbia University

9:00-10:30 am, Panel 4: Welfarism vs. Authoritarianism

Chair: Zhanara Nauruzbayeva, Columbia University

Liene Ozolina, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Empowerment in the Queue: Languages and Practices of Stateness in Post-Soviet Latvia”

Alima Bissenova, Nazarbayev University
“The ‘Pleasures of Paternalism’: The Boom, the Bust, and the Mediating State in an Authoritarian Context”

Dana Johnson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
“‘Us and Them’: Performing Authoritarianism in Postsocialist Serbia”

Larisa Kurtovic, DePaul University
“‘Tito Did not Lock up Nationalists for Nothing’: Reconfiguration of Power in Postwar and Postsocialist Bosnia-Herzegovina”

Discussant: Linda Cook, Brown University

10: 30-10:45 am – Break
10:45-12:15 pm, Panel 5: Economic Authoritarianism or Neoliberalism

Chair: Olga Shevchenko, Williams College

Justin Otten, The University of Kent/Indiana University at Bloomington
“Wine mafia and the thieving state: at the crossroads of capitalism and authoritarianism in 21st century Macedonia”

Florin Poenaru, Central European University
“Structural Authoritarianism: What does it Mean to Live a Life in (Capitalistic) Crisis?”

Dorota Marsh, University of Central Lancashire, and Pete Thomas, Lancaster University
“The Darker Side of Freedom – Poland and the Neoliberal Project”

Discussant: Daena Funahashi, Columbia University

12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch Break
1:30-3:00 pm, Panel 6: Authoritarianism as a Discourse

Chair: Lily Chumley, New York University

Susanne Cohen, University of Chicago
“Electronic Democracy and the Problem of the Bureaucrat:  Rethinking “Authoritarianism” through”

Amitai Touval, Baruch College, CUNY,
“East German Authoritarianism: Its Uses and Meanings to Leipzig´s Current and Deposed Elite”

Sergey Toymentsev, Rutgers University
“Mnemonic Hybrids in a Hybrid Regime: Reckoning with the Soviet Past in Putin’s Russia”

Discussant: Marina Mikhaylova, Temple University

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Break
3:30-5:00 pm, Plenary Speech 2

 Alexander Cooley, Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

“Autocrats Beyond Borders: Central Asia’s New Transnational Authoritarian Networks”

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