Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Workshop: "The Tower of Babel: the 1957 Moscow Youth Festival," by Dr. Eleonor Gilburd, New York University

Mon, March 25, 2013 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Prof. Gilburd and recent co-edited volume
Prof. Gilburd and recent co-edited volume "The Thaw" (Univ of Toronto Press, 2012)

Dr. Eleonor Gilburd, Assistant Professor of History and Russian & Slavic Studies, New York University, earned her Ph.D. in Modern European History from UC Berkeley in 2010. Dr. Gilburd's research interests include modern Russian and Soviet history; the Soviet Union in international context; Russia and the West; late Soviet society and culture; the collapse of the Soviet Union; cultural diplomacy and cultural exchange; translation; internationalism; mega-events; aesthetic reception; the everyday as a concept and a lived experience.

Professor Gilburd is working on a book (based on her dissertation) which focuses on the 1950s and 1960s as a pivotal chapter in the history of Russia’s westernization. Analyzing the Soviet reception of Western texts, paintings, films, melodies, and visitors, this project describes what happened in this encounter to entrenched ideas of class morality and cultural supremacy, familiar ways of looking at paintings, as well as established languages of literature and cinema. Future projects include Stalinist culture through the prism of the tango and Russia’s port cities, littoral subsystems, and maritime engagements over the past three hundred years.

Dr. Gilburd’s work has appeared in The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s  (which she also co-edited), Cahiers du Monde russe, and Turizm: The Russian and East European Tourist Under Capitalism and Socialism. Additionally, Dr. Gilburd co-organized the 2005 conference, “The Thaw: Soviety Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s”.  She has given conference presentations at the University of Melbourne, Harvard, the University of Chicago, Oxford, and the University of Toronto, among others. Dr. Gilburd is a member of the American Assocation for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the American Historical Association.

Professor Gilburd's faculty home page:

Dr. Joan Neuberger, Professor of History and Editor, Not Even Past.

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, March 22.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

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