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The Ukrainian Famine Reconsidered: Why It Happened - and Why It Matters

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and a prize-winning historian with a particular expertise in the history of communist and post-communist Europe. She is also a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, where she runs ARENA, a research project on disinformation and 21st-century propaganda. She is the author of several books, including Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine; Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe; and Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.

Ophelia-cult in Japan

About the talk:
As represented by John Everett Millais’s painting (1851–1852), Ophelia is a fetishized icon of female victimhood in the West. Japan has its own version of an Ophelia-cult, beginning with Soseki Natsume’s reworking of Ophelia in The Three-Cornered World (1906). The protagonist, a painter, curiously compares O-Nami, a strong-willed, rebellious woman, to Ophelia. The novel also draws on certain Japanese legends and horror tales that link Ophelia with Japanese revengeful female ghosts and monsters.

A Conversation with Award-Winning South African Writer & Scholar Jonny Steinberg

Join us for an evening with best-selling author and Oxford University Professor of African Studies Jonny Steinberg. Professor Steinberg will discuss and read from his forthcoming book One Day in Bethlehem, which tells a story that raises questions about the ethics of memory. Associate Professor of Classics Grant Parker will moderate the Q&A discussion.

"Crossroads" by Bahram Beyzaie

New play written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie.Approximately year eighty of the Persian calendar. In a busy crossroads of Tehran, a woman and a man run into one another, torn apart by the events of the last fifteen years!Play is in Persian. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. **More information and ticket sales coming soon!

Language, Identity and Politics in Contemporary Ukraine

The widespread stereotype of Ukraine is that of a divided nation – of several "Ukraines" with diverging orientations, different languages and contested identities. This stereotype has been utilized heavily both inside and outside of Ukraine, most significantly by the Russian media. The usual narrative divides Ukraine into Eastern and Western, where the former is considered pro-Russian and Russian-speaking. These complex historical and regional identifications are often overreaching, excessively divisive, and oversimplified.

CESTA Seminar | M. Maryl "Digital Literary Studies with Polish Accent"

Digital humanities suddenly erupted in Poland in the second decade of the 21st Century: scholars and institutions established first digital humanities centres, joined important European networks and consortia like CLARIN, NeDiMAH, DARIAH, OPERAS, and hosted large international conferences, including ADHO’s DH 2016 in Kraków. Yet this sudden eruption by no means marks the beginning of DH in Poland, as the first digital projects could be traced back to the early 2000s.

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