Naomi Caffee holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her arrival at U of A, she worked as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, where she taught courses such as "Nuclear Literatures," "Multicultural Russia," " Eurasia in Five Meals," and "Language, Power, and Identity in the Post-Communist World." Her research interests include postcolonial approaches to Russian and Central Asian literatures, indigenous literature, global and transnational studies, ecocriticism, and literary translation.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian / Slavic Studies
For the student with no previous experience in Russian.
This course explores the diverse ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural identities of Russia's population, including the history of how such identities evolved. We will discuss encounters between mainstream and minority cultures, as well as the ways such encounters are viewed on the global stage and within Russia. By analyzing works of literature, films, historical documents, works of art, musical recordings, and scholarship from the humanities and social sciences, students will become familiar with the most pressing debates on diversity and plurality in contemporary Russia.
Although Arizona and Russia have vastly different climates, cultures, and histories, there are more shared traditions of food cultivation, preparation, and consumption than we would assume. This course provides an in-depth study of food culture, traditional cuisine, agriculture, and ¿locavore¿ movements in Russian and American (particularly Sonoran) contexts. Through a variety of readings, films, lectures, and experiential learning activities, students will investigate the foodways and cultures of our two countries, with additional emphasis on contemporary issues of sustainability, environmental impact, and global interconnectedness.