A fresh international chat show from the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies meant to share research, ideas, and culture in digestible episodes within and between academic institutions globally. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)
May 15th, 2019 | 19 mins 42 secs
Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the University of Westminster in London speaks on political information and disinformation on messaging platforms. Follow him on Twitter @alesherasimenka.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 4: The World According to the Truthseekers (Speaker - Ilya Yablokov)
May 15th, 2019 | 20 mins 58 secs
Dr. Ilya Yablokov of the University of Leeds in London presents his research on conspiracy theory and RT (Russia Today). Follow him on Twitter @ilya_yablokov .
May 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 21 mins 38 secs
fun and engaging language course, learning languages, online education, russian online course
Dr. Heather Rice, one of the nicest professors at the University of Texas, talks about the difficulties and successes of her now-famous (relatively-speaking) Russian online course that's taking the language instruction world by storm. Our very own Tom R. hosts as a former student of this very same class.
April 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 55 mins 30 secs
communism's shadow, communist regimes, democracy, elections, gender equity, information wars, nonpartisan blogs, political science
Tom and Matt host a special guest of the Information Wars symposium: Dr. Joshua Tucker, director of NYU's Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, and co-editor of the Washington Post independent political science newsletter "The Monkey Cage".
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 3: "The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself" (Speaker - Peter Pomerantsev)
April 28th, 2019 | 19 mins 21 secs
british journalist, information war, peter pomerantsev
Famed British journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev gives a talk on his work at the London School of Economics as a senior fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs. Recorded April 25th, 2019. Follow Peter on Twitter: @peterpomeranzev
April 28th, 2019 | 11 mins 6 secs
anti-government protests, corruption, eastern europe, online information, russia, trust me, twitter
Dr. Denis Stukal of NYU speaks at the Info Wars symposium on Twitter bots and the SMaPP Lab project at NYU. https://smappnyu.org/
April 25th, 2019 | 20 mins 7 secs
Dr. Joshua Tucker of NYU presents his most recent research at the 2019 Trust Me: Information Wars symposium. Follow Dr. Tucker on Twitter: @j_a_tucker
April 25th, 2019 | Season 1 | 53 mins
conspiracy theory researchers, intelligence studies project, russia, ukraine
As a kickoff to the Information Wars Social Media Conference here at the University of Texas today, we are releasing this episode featuring one of UT's own speakers, Dr. Kiril Avramov, who is not only brilliant but one of the most caring and engaging educators on these Forty Acres! Listen to find out why he is easily one of students' favorite professors.
April 23rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 39 mins 39 secs
china-russia relations, international relations, russia-japan, russia-north korea, vietnam-russia relations, международные отношения
Matt visits with special guest and East Asia expert Dr. Artyom Lukin about Russian geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region. Этот эпизод на русском языке.
April 22nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 38 mins 14 secs
china, far east russia, foreign policy, international relations, north korea, politics
"In Russia, we don't see North Korea as a threat," says Dr. Artyom Lukin, an expert on Russian foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. A contributing writer to Washington Post, Huffington Post, and more, Dr. Lukin clears up American misconceptions about the Far East with some unique Russian perspective.
International Religious Freedom and the Case of Uzbekistan: Trading the Hammer-and-Sickle for the Moon and Star
April 17th, 2019 | Season 1 | 29 mins 30 secs
human rights, post-communist countries, religious freedom, u.s. foreign policy, uzbekistan
Fourth-year-PhD student Ashlyn Hand dialogues with Matt about the super fun topic of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy and the specific case of post-USSR Uzbekistan. And she says nobody wants her at the dinner table...
April 15th, 2019 | Season 1 | 25 mins 29 secs
azerbaijan, black widows, caucasus, chechen republic, chechnya, counterterrorism, ethnicity, female terrorism, georgia, religion, soviet union, twins of the caucasus
On this episode, Tom hosts half-Russian graduate student Lucia Winkeler as they talk all things Caucasus and how many times she has to explain to people that it's not Czechia, it's CHECHNYA as in the First and Second Chechen Wars.
April 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 32 mins 3 secs
alexander dugin, eurasianism, fourth political theory
On this installment of Matt and Tom (Tom and Matt) they talk about Eurasianism and Duginism. What exactly are these things? Well, it's kind of a long story... But hopefully this episode will help to break it down for you.
April 9th, 2019 | Season 1 | 31 mins 28 secs
cold war, communism, cultural icon, radio broadcasting, seva, soviet union
Our first episode in Russian features the legendary rock music DJ from the BBC, Seva Novgorodsev! Please visit our YouTube channel for the English-subtitled version.
April 8th, 2019 | Season 1 | 57 mins 13 secs
communism, dogs in russia, politics, soviet society
The indomitable Dr. Susanne Sternthal joins host Matt Orr in the studio to discuss her breadth of experience from New York to Moscow.
April 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 22 mins 4 secs
cultural identity, nostalgia, public history, turbofolk, yugoslavia
Dr. Beronja talks about the fascinating musical genre of Turbofolk which emerged during the tumultuous 80s in the former Yugoslavia, expanded to mass popularity in the 90s under Slobodan Milošević, and aligned itself with Balkan identity. Listen for a few clips of some of the most popular songs of the era.