CREEES Brown Bag Series - Keith Livers, “From Pelevin's Generation P to Pussy Riot: (Russian) Conspiracy Talk in the New Millennium”
Wed, April 3, 2013 • 12:00 PM • CAL 422
Join CREEES for an informal brown bag session as faculty and grad students discuss aspects of their current research as it relates to Russia and Eastern Europe.
“From Pelevin's Generation P to Pussy Riot: (Russian) Conspiracy Talk in the New Millennium”
The turn of the 21st century has witnessed a surge in conspiracy thinking in cultures across the globe—and Russia is no exception. Such prominent contemporary authors as Viktor Pelevin and Vladimir Sorokin use conspiracy and occult narratives to describe the after-shocks of globalization, while popular films such as Bekmambetov’s Night/Day Watch paint a picture of 21st century Moscow as controlled by secret elites. Even the recent scandal surrounding the punk rock group Pussy Riot has been viewed through the conspiracy lens. Livers’s talk will explore the reasons for this spike in paranoid rhetoric(s) in Russia and elsewhere in the new millennium.
Dr. Livers is a professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.