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.

TPN 2021
Texas Podcast Network is brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.

The Slavic Connexion on social media


  • 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.