RS200 - Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies:

1 unit — Garcia, Khan, Pavlenko

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In just three days in May 1944, Soviet NKVD troops deported the Crimean Peninsula's entire Tatar population to Uzbekistan--almost 200,000 people. Brutality, lack of care and unsanitary conditions ensured that thousands died en route, while many more died upon arrival or in work camps set aside for men. The deportation remains one of the most rapid and thorough cases of ethnic cleansing in history. Drawing on the insights from political science and cultural studies, this course will examine the history of the Crimean Tatars (Kyrymly), the indigenous people of the Crimean peninsula, in the context of their political and cultural ties to the Russian Empire. The 1944 forced deportation, the ethnic cleansing, and Kyrymly's eventual return home will be the foci of our investigation. We will look at the Russian canonical narratives of Crimean identity and correlate these texts with Kyrymly's own stories of survival and return. The readings and discussions will locate the Tartar case in broader questions about ethnicity, ethnic conflict, genocide, communism and post-communist transitions. Students will travel to the scenic coast of Crimea, Ukraine where they will live and study among local Kyrymly-recent returnees from their long diaspora.
This course examines the history of the Crimean Tatars (Kyrymly), the indigenous people of the Crimean peninsula, in the context of their political and cultural ties to the Russian Empire.
This course examines the history of the Crimean Tatars (Kyrymly), the indigenous people of the Crimean peninsula, in the context of their political and cultural ties to the Russian Empire.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2023 Block 3 Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies: The Other Russia Topic Details Natalia Khan Armstrong Hall 302 25 / 12 10/01/2023
Fall 2023 Block 3 Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies: Chekhov to Joyce: Invention of the Modern Short Story Topic Details Alexei Pavlenko, Claire Oberon Garcia TBA 32 / 17 10/01/2023
Spring 2024 Block 5 Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies: Narrating from Loss toward Meaning Topic Details Alexei Pavlenko TBA 25 / 25 10/01/2023
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