Central Asia Workshop: Migrant Voices in Contemporary Russian Theater

Presentation by Dr. Naomi Caffee

Friday, November 01, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
10367 Bunche Hall

Lunch will be served.

Next week in Central Asia Workshop, Naomi Cafffee will be presenting on: 
Migrant Voices in Contemporary Russian Theater
In this presentation I will discuss recent plays based on the lived experiences of migrant workers in Moscow--which are written and performed by migrant workers themselves.
After the presentation, we will have a discussion about transcultura/intercultural/multicultural specialization in Eurasian cities, with Moscow as the central example. The goal is to arrive at an understanding of Moscow as not only another significant site for the "literature of displacement" but now also as a site for the emerging "theater of displacement"-- where the stage extends to all urban space.
Please read Chapter 1 from Cordula Gdaniec's Cultural Diversity in Russian Cities: The Urban Lanscape in the Post-Soviet Era, which is available on Google Book at THIS LINK.
There is a second, optional reading, on space and cultural diversity in Moscow: "Queer Space, Pride, and Shame in Moscow."


The Central Asia Workshop is an interdisciplinary discussion group sponsored by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. The goal of the workshop is to encourage graduate student research on Central Asia by creating a space where students and interested faculty can discuss research, theory and ideas with others who have experience or interest in the region. The workshop is a forum for exploring recent research and classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives that inform work in Central Asia. Weekly discussions are led by members on a rotating basis, and topics are determined by group interests.

Course credit for the workshop is now available under HISTM287/ANTHRO M287R with Dr. Nile Green for those who are interested.

For information about joining the Central Asia Workshop, contact Bonnie Richard at brichard@ucla.edu


Sponsor(s): Program on Central Asia