The Slavic Connexion

A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin

About the show

A fresh international chat show from The University of Texas at Austin meant to share research, ideas, and culture from the Slavic world and beyond in digestible episodes. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and speakers of note from other institutions and countries. The Slavic Connexion is a production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin... It's not typical Texas, y'all.

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  • NATO and the "Bear in the Woods" with Sergey Radchenko

    January 26th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  51 mins 9 secs
    china, cold war, conflict, history, nato, russia, ukraine

    On this episode, Lera and Cullan have the chance to talk with Sakhalin-born historian Dr. Sergey Radchenko, who reflects on his first introduction to the United States via East Texas, Sino-Soviet and Sino-Russian relations, and the current Russian-Ukraine conflict and how the West's response is affecting the situation. We hope you enjoy!

  • North Macedonia and the Mired Quest for EU Accession

    January 17th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  29 mins 59 secs
    bulgaria, eu, greece, history, north macedonia, politics

    On this special episode, Dr. Mary Neuburger's graduate class presents their analysis of North Macedonia’s complicated quest for EU accession which has been ongoing for over 25 years. What's the hold up exactly and which EU members are keen on preventing European integration? Take a listen and find out!

  • "Long Hair Goes a Long Way": Exploring the Soviet Hippie Movement with Juliane Fürst

    December 23rd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  58 mins 33 secs
    counterculture, hippies, history, soviet culture, youth movements

    Happy Holidays, y'all! On this episode, Lera gets to sit down and chat with Dr. Juliane Fürst who unpacks 10 years worth of research and personal explorations in the Soviet Hippie movement as published in her latest book from Oxford University Press. Her stories will thrill, so gather 'round and take a listen. We hope you enjoy!

  • Everything You Need to Know About Eastern Europe (and More!) with Tomek Jankowski

    December 13th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  56 mins 26 secs
    cold war, europe, history, poland, politics, revolution

    On this, the 30th anniversary of the institution of martial law in Poland, we talked with Eastern Europe historian Tomek Jankowski to commemorate this momentous point in modern history which approximately coincides with the release of the 2nd edition of his comprehensive and entertaining history of Eastern Europe. Sharing with us his personal experiences and stories from his time in Hungary as a student to his getting caught in the Romanian revolution of 1989, Tomek reflects on the unimaginable changes in Eastern Europe since the 1st edition of his book (published in 2013). We hope you enjoy this amazing discussion!

  • "From Odessa With Love" with Vladislav Davidzon

    December 8th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  39 mins 6 secs
    america, belarus, china, current events, geopolitics, russia, ukraine

    Lera and Zach talk with Atlantic Council fellow and prolific American journalist Vladislav Davidzon. Davidzon has extensively covered the Belarussian protests from within Minsk, Ukrainian political and cultural developments since 2014, and Russian elections and Navalny's impact on Moscow politics and policies. We hope you enjoy!

  • Nord Stream 2 and You: More Than A European Problem

    November 22nd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  27 mins 27 secs

    Mark Temnycky, a Ukrainiain-American journalist, breaks down the Nord Stream 2 issue, timeline, and its relation to the energy situation in Europe. He expounds on the Biden administration's reversal on its position concerning the pipeline, and explains the security concerns that a working Nord Stream 2 that bypasses Belarus and Ukraine creates for America, NATO, and Europe in general. Thanks for listening!

  • Sports (History) Illustrated: Cold War Edition with Johanna Mellis

    November 13th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  53 mins 15 secs
    eastern europe, history, hungary, olympics, sports

    Dr. Johanna Mellis, a former D1 swimmer and current history professor at Ursinus College, joins Lera for a lively conversation on the history of sports in Hungary during the Cold War. They also touch on the Olympics (past and present), sport diplomacy, and the development of competitive sports on an international plane. We hope you enjoy!

  • "And Still We Rise": Uncovering the Story of the Bosnian Genocide

    November 5th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 16 secs
    bosnia, education, ethnic conflict, genocide, post-communist, serbia, yugoslavia

    Author Jordan Steven Sher joins Lera and Cullan to talk about his new historical fiction novel which authentically and carefully explores the grossly overlooked Bosnian Genocide of Muslims and Catholic Croats during the Bosnian War of 1992-95, as carried out by Slobodan Milošević of Serbia. This was a great foundational and human-centric understanding of the conflict in the region for anyone who might be interested in Yugoslav history. Thank you for listening!

  • Mountains without Borders: Discovering the Carpathians with Patrice Dabrowski

    October 21st, 2021  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 26 secs
    environmental history, forest, geographic history, mountain ranges, poland, ukraine

    In this episode, Patrice Dabrowski takes us on a historical journey through the highly understudied Carpathian Mountains of Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Her brand new book details the many forces at play in the mountainous region over the years from 1860 to 1980 and shows how this area gradually went from terra incongita to tourist attraction. We hope you enjoy!

  • "Frozen by the Thaw": The Soviet Masculinity Crisis of the Long Sixties with Marko Dumančić

    October 9th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  42 mins 32 secs
    culture, film, gender, history, soviet union

    On this episode, Marko Dumančić joins Lera and Cullan to talk about his recently published monograph entitled Men Out of Focus: The Soviet Masculinity Crisis in the Long Sixties wherein he unpacks the changing conceptions of men in post-Stalinist society by taking a deeper look at Soviet films made at the time. This is a fun conversation, riddled with film talk. We hope you enjoy!

  • The Unexplored History of the USSR, Afghanistan, and the Cold War with Timothy Nunan

    September 24th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  43 mins 30 secs
    afghanistan, cold war, international history, ussr history

    Dr. Timothy Nunan from the Free University of Berlin joins Cullan and new host Sergio to discuss his latest book, The Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan. With his research interests spanning from Soviet-Russian religious internationalism to the USSR’s relations with the global south, we are lucky to host such a knowledgeable resource on the pod! Take a listen!

  • An Intimate Look at Prostitution in Late Imperial Russia with Siobhán Hearne

    September 10th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  49 mins 23 secs
    culture, imperial russia, prostitution, society, soviet union

    Dr. Siobhán Hearne joins Katya to talk about her new book, Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in Late Imperial Russia, a social history of prostitution in last decades of the Russian Empire. Dr. Hearne uses archival research conducted in Moscow, St Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Riga, Vilnius, Minsk, Kyiv and Tartu to examine how prostitution and its regulation functioned in different parts of the empire. We hope you enjoy!

  • Afghanistan: A Strategic Failure with Ret. Col. Robert Hamilton

    August 30th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  36 mins 50 secs
    afghanistan, georgia, security, us military operations, war

    For the first episode of Season 4, we asked Dr. Robert Hamilton of the U.S. Army War College to return to the show and speak about the current situation in Afghanistan and the fate of the region's security architecture. Currently on leave to serve as advisor to the Georgian Ministry of Defense, Dr. Hamilton discusses the role of the Georgian military in the Afghanistan War and what the U.S. withdrawal (and Taliban rule) means for Georgia's future as well.

  • Decolonization in Eastern Europe: A Critical Geographer's Perspective with Zoltán Ginelli

    July 30th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 11 secs
    central europe, geography, history, hungary

    Zoltán Ginelli from Budapest joins Zach and Cullan to talk about his field of critical geography and the framing of colonial history of Central Europe following both World War II and the Cold War. We hope you enjoy this conversation!

  • The Inside Scoop on "Cold War Correspondents" with Dina Fainberg

    June 29th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  43 mins 30 secs
    america, history, journalism, media, soviet union

    On this episode, Professor Dina Fainberg joins Zach and Lera to talk about her latest book, the highly readable "Cold War Correspondents" in which she highlights stories of Soviet and American journalists and draws parallels to the US-Russia media landscape today. We hope you enjoy!

  • Eurovision: More than a Song (Contest) with Sophia Kontos

    June 7th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  14 mins 50 secs
    art, europe, eurovision, music, politics

    On this special (musical) episode, guest host Sophia Kontos helps us understand Eurovision and break down the politics and ploys behind the song entries themselves, focusing on three major countries: Greece, Turkey, and Ukraine. We hope you enjoy!