Dr. Klimanova is Assistant Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Technology at the University of Arizona and a faculty member at the doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). Her doctoral dissertation was devoted to the issues of identity enactment in language exchange chatrooms and social networking platforms. She is a recipient of 2015 ACTFL/MLJ Emma Marie Birkmeier Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education. Her current research focuses on social and psychological aspects of multimodal identity representation in multilingual online chat, telecollaboration, and the digital humanistic frameworks of learning. Dr. Klimanova’s recent projects examine the role of digital experience in cultural learning within the framework of digital humanistic pedagogy. She currently serves as associate chair of CALICO CMC SIG, and executive committee officer and sector head at AAUSC (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs).
This course explores the diverse ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural identities of Russia's population, including the history of how such identities have evolved over time. We will discuss encounters and conflicts 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 By analyzing works of literature, films, historical documents, linguistics, works of art, musical recordings, and scholarship from the humanities and social sciences, students will become familiar with the most pressing debates on diversity, post-colonialism, and plurality in contemporary Russia.
Fourth semester Russian.