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Visiting Scholars

Ania Aizman

WCEE Postdoctoral Scholar, 2021-22

Ania Aizman, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, is a Postdoctoral Scholar, Michigan Society of Fellows and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia for 2021-22. Professor Aizman is currently writing the manuscript Anarchist Currents in Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Pussy Riot, which shows that an intellectual and artistic anarchist culture has existed in Russia and among Russians abroad for over a hundred and fifty years. Offering an alternative genealogy of non-Marxist political thought and art, Anarchist Currents contributes a novel perspective to cultural studies

Soon after arriving at the University of Michigan, Professor Aizman co-founded with her students the Flying Subtitles Collective (flyingsubtitles.com), a cultural exchange project involving film, translation, and collaboration with emerging Russian filmmakers. The Collective, which is supported by WCEE and CREES, is a group of volunteer translators creating English-language subtitles for Russian films. Their work helps broaden the audience for emerging Russian filmmakers by providing free English subtitles for their documentaries and art films, and updating classic films in need of modernized English subtitles. This is a way to work on translation skills and improve one’s Russian while learning about new topics. A portfolio of the Collective’s work is available on flyingsubtitles.com.