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Ticket to Freedom: The Nansen Passport and Soviet Migration

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By Jessica Baloun The Nansen passport was the first known travel document made for stateless people. Since its creation in 1922, it has been foundational in the advancement of refugee law. My interest in this topic stems from my work … Continue reading

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History of Russian Jewish Jokes, 1900-1990

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By Alex Adams Joining us from an expedition in the Caucasus, Dr. Aleksandra Arkhipova, Senior Research Fellow at the Russian State University for the Humanities and the Russian School of Economics, presented her new research to the Havighurst Center for … Continue reading

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On Alexievich’s “Unwomanly Face of War”

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By Nancy Pellegrino Svetlana Alexeivich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 for her “documentary novels,” which capture “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our times.” Her first, remarkable work, The Unwomanly Face of War, … Continue reading

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The Royal Brides of the Eurasian Steppe

By Megan Snyder Women’s political role in early Eurasian nomadic cultures is not well documented yet clearly played a vital part in power dynamics between nomadic groups and their sedentary neighbors. The Hsiung-nu and the Turks who inhabited the Eurasian … Continue reading

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The Unknown Women of the Ancient Eurasian Steppe

By Megan Snyder It can be challenging to study the ancient nomads of Eurasia as many cultures did not leave their own written records. Instead, it was often outsiders who did not understand the nomadic way of life and had … Continue reading

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“Not Just for Fun: The Soviet Satirical Magazines As a Weapon, Mediator, and Entertainment”

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By Anna Simile On Monday, March 8, 2021, Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed its third colloquium lecturer of this spring semester, Dr. Kateryna Yeremieieva, to discuss the Ukrainian satirical magazine “Perets [Pepper]”. A senior lecturer … Continue reading

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