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Leading expert on Russian avant-garde to speak on the aesthetics and the political paradigms of the 1920s

Nina Gourianova, an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University,  will speak on “Visualizing Radicalism, Narrating Change: The Aesthetics and the Political Paradigms of the Twenties,” on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in 100 Jones Hall, at Princeton University. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by February 4 to the Kathleen Allen at or 609-258-5978**

Gourianova is also the Slavic department’s director of graduate studies at Northwestern University. Her scholarship in the fields of literature and art history encompasses both Russian and European modernist and avant-garde movements, with a specific emphasis on the interrelation and mutual influence of aesthetics and politics. A well-recognized expert on the Russian avant-garde, Gourianova served as the primary curatorial consultant to New York’s Museum of Modern Art on the exhibition of Russian Futurist and Constructivist books in 2002. Her most recent book, The Aesthetics of Anarchy (2012) explores the question of creative freedom.

This event is presented as part of the REEES 2013–14 lecture series, “Soviet: Modernity and Empire,” organized by Petre Petrov, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures, is the director of REEES.

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, or 609-258-5978