Anastasiia Gordiienko holds an M.A. degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2014) and a Ph.D. degree in Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies from the Ohio State University (2018). Her interests lie in the intersection of Russian politics, history, culture, and identity. Currently she is completing a monograph that covers the progression of the shanson (Russian underworld music) from a subcultural expression to a commercially successful vein of contemporary music and also delves into some manifestations of a paradoxical quid pro quo synergy between the shanson and Putin’s politics. Dr. Gordiienko’s secondary interest embraces the issue of collective remembering: her ongoing empirical study, “Memories of Generations” (Pamiatʹ pokolenii), investigates the role of collective memory in Russian and Ukrainian national self-identity and intergenerational transmission of memories for these nations.
For almost 100 years, the Soviet Union and Russia have used large sporting events for both geopolitical and domestic purposes. In the Soviet Union sport was not only a means of entertainment, but also a key element of state propaganda. Through sport, the new Soviet person was to be made. By 1956, the Soviet Union took home more Olympic medals than the US team, setting the stage for a rivalry between capitalist and socialist states that would last throughout the Cold War era. This course will explore the birth of sport in Russia and Eastern Europe, trace how the Soviet system created a propaganda machine out of international sporting competition, and how the legacy continues into the modern day. We will also discuss contemporary sporting issues- such as the recent doping scandals in the Russian Olympic team and Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup- to analyze how Russia currently uses sport as a projection of its power in the global arena.
Images of Russian women as reflected in literary, historical, and religious texts. Cultural attitudes revealed help to understand the status and role of women in today's Russia.