Serguei Oushakine is an assistant professor in Princeton’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Born and raised in Siberia, he has studied history, political theory, gender, and anthropology in Russia, Canada, Hungary, and the U.S. Oushakine’s current research examines transitional periods in Russia’s twentieth-century history and explores cultural manifestations of identity in Soviet and contemporary Russia.  His English-language articles have appeared in The Russian Review; American Anthropologist; Cultural Anthropology; Public Culture; Ethnos; Theory, Culture, & Society; and Europe-Asia Studies. He has published widely in Russian academic journals in the fields of philosophy, sociology, ethnology and politics. His book, The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss, will be published by Cornell University Press in spring 2009.

Devin Fore is an assistant professor in the Department of German at Princeton University, where he is also an associate faculty member of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of the Program in Media and Modernity. His areas of specialization are the Russian avant-garde and formalist poetics; German modernism; critical theory and aesthetic philosophy; documentary; media studies, with a special emphasis on the history of photography. Fore has published in the journals October, New German Critique, and Grey Room. He is currently working on two books, All the Graphs, a critical analysis of Soviet factography that focuses on the work of the operative writer Sergei Tret’iakov, and Realism’s Revenants, an examination of new objectivity and related forms of mimetic realism in German literature and art during the interwar period.