MemberOksana Nesterenko

…“A Requiem for the USSR: State Atheism and Secular Enchantment,” forthcoming
at “Sound and Secularity” Symposium, Stony Brook University, NY, April 12, 2019.

“Off Radio – On Screen: The Impact of the Prague Spring on Music in the USSR,” in a panel series “Prague Spring on Screen” at the 50th Annual ASEEES Convention, December 6 – 9, 2018.

“Algorithmic Method and Delicate Patterns in Leonid Hrabovsky’s Concerto Misterioso,” presented at the SMT Global New Music Interest Group meeting, at the 2018 Annual AMS/SMT conference, San Antonio, Texas, 1-4 November 2018.

“Sofia Gubaidulina’s Early Spiritual Works in the Context of 1960s-70s Religious Revival in the USSR,” forthcoming at the 2018 Annual AMS/SMT conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, 1-4 November 2018.

“Mythologizing Religiou…
…Stony Brook University…
…Stony Brook University
2013 – present    PhD in Music History and Theory (expected in spring 2020)
Dissertation: “A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music
in the USSR before its Fall (1968-1989)”
2010 – 2013       MA in Music History and Theory
MA thesis: “Vertical Time in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage a TS Eliot”

National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy/Kyiv School of Economics
2004 – 2006     MA in Economics…

My research interests are guided by a broad question of what inspires contemporary composers, in particular, the influence of spiritual or philosophical beliefs on their music and its reception. My current research focus is music during the last two decades of the USSR.

MemberOlena Nikolayenko

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University based in New York City, USA. Originally from Ukraine, I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and held visiting appointments at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In my recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), I examine interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

MemberPietro Shakarian

A native of Cleveland, I am a PhD candidate in History at The Ohio State University. I earned my MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, my MLIS at Kent State University, and my BA in History at John Carroll University in Cleveland. My primary interest is the history of Russia and the former USSR, with a specific academic focus on the Caucasus, particularly Armenia and Georgia.

MemberDenis Akhapkin

Denis Akhapkin currently teaches in the Liberal Arts and Humanities program at Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia, where also works as a head of Centre for Writing and Critical Thinking. His interests include modern Russian literature with an emphasis on poetry and poetics, literary linguistics and cognitive literature studies. He published a book of commentaries to poetry of Russian-American Nobel prize author Joseph Brodsky («Joseph Brodsky: After Russia», 2009, in Russian). His work has appeared in Toronto Slavic Quarterly, Russian Literature and other journals, he is also the author of several biographies of Russian writers in Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB).  He was a visiting research fellow of Helsinki University Collegium (spring 2007) and The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, University of Edinburgh (fall 2014). He holds both B.A. and PhD in Russian Language from Saint-Petersburg State University. Denis is an associate international member of the Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College (USA).

MemberMaria Galmarini-Kabala

I am a historian of the Soviet Union with a particular interest in the history of political ideas and their impact on marginalized members of society. My work has so far explored ideas of social rights and welfare, relief to political prisoners, bio-political approaches to behaviorally problematic children, the rehabilitation of blinded WWII veterans, and ideas of justice among deaf people during the Russian Revolution. Most recently, I have published a book entitled The Right to Be Helped: Deviance, Entitlement, and the Soviet Moral Order (Northern Illinois University Press, 2016). Through an analysis of the treatment reserved to men, women, and children who deviated from the physical and gender norms of Soviet subjectivity, this book explores the moral order of socialism and interrogates its legitimacy in the post-revolutionary and Stalinist periods.