Sergei A. Oushakine

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Serguei A. Oushakine, Princeton University. Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Anthropology. In his book, The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia, Prof. Oushakine traces the importance of experienced or imagined traumas for creating post socialist identities and meanings. Prof. Oushakine’s new areas of research focus on postcolonial authoritarianism in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, the practices of late Soviet consumption, the political mobilization of popular culture in Soviet Russia, and socialist nostalgia. In 2009-2010, Prof. Oushakine published two co-edited volumes. Trauma: Points (edited with Elena Trubina), includes thirty essays on history, ethnography, and theory of trauma written by authors from Canada, Great Britain, France, Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA. The second volume, In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia (co-edited with Costica Bradatan) presents thirteen essays that explore a link between Communism and intellectual production. In 2009-2010, he conducted his fieldwork in Minsk (Belarus) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) for his new book on post-colonialism in Eurasia. Currently, he is preparing for publication a major anthology of Russian Formalists and Constructivists (in Russian).