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.
WCEE Postdoctoral Scholar, 2020-22
Chanelle Reinhardt is a Fonds de recherche du Québec–Société et Culture postdoctoral scholar at the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (2020-22). In 2018, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies. She received her PhD in art history from the Université de Montréal in 2021. She also obtained an MA in political science. She is preparing a book manuscript titled Moving “Everything that is Beautiful in Italy” to Paris: Material Conquests and Nation-building (1796-1798). Reinhardt’s research interests include nationalism, political spectacles and rites, propaganda, art and power, vision and visuality, the history of patriotism, and political emotions. By adopting a comparative perspective, her postdoctoral research focuses on the staging of populism and its visual and material expressions.