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CANCELED - Of Power and Laughter: Aesthetics, Governance, and the Covert Sphere in Soviet Lithuania (1964-1985)

We regret to inform you that due to inclement weather, Professor Neringa Klumbyte’s trip to Stanford this week has had to be cancelled.  This event will not be held this week.
In 1956 the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party resurrected The Broom, the Soviet Lithuanian humor and satire journal. Like other Soviet humor journals it was to be a platform of building communism and fighting its enemies. But soon it became a cradle of a new covert national culture defined by modernist aesthetics and political opposition. The talk will explore how this covert sphere emerged through secrecy and laughter among artists, censors, and readers. I will argue that through covert laughter at the Soviet state and socialist everyday life, the participants created ironic forms of Soviet citizenship grounded in utopias of anti-Soviet sovereignty. 
Neringa Klumbytė is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Miami University, Ohio. Her research has focused on political regimes and ideologies, social and political change, sovereignty, nationalism, and ethnicity, and memory and sovereignty in Soviet and post-Soviet Lithuania. Her articles have appeared inAmerican Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Slavic Review, East European Politics and Societies, and other journals. She is a coeditor of Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964-85 (with Gulnaz Sharafutdinova), 2012. 



Thursday, February 25, 2016. 05:30PM


Room 307, Building 200, Lane History Corner


CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies




This event is free and open to the public.