Katya grew up in Northern Virginia and frequently spent summers in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), her paternal homeland in Northeastern Siberia. Initially determined to distance her field of study from anything Russia-related, Katya wound up with a bachelor’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures with a minor in Russian & East European Studies (in addition to a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with an Anthropology minor). Her current research interests include revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures in Russia, current tensions relating to Russian (ethno)nationalism and minority group (ethno)nationalism, effects of globalization on rural populations, and the effects of state-sanctioned environmental racism. Her current non-research interests include tending to her plant children, collecting insects, eating pickles, and giving strangers unsolicited podcast recommendations. For this podcast, she is prepping to take over as executive producer starting Fall 2020.
Episode | May 13th, 2020 | Season 2 | 32 mins 31 secs
anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, ukrainian culture, ukrainian language
Dr. Susie Crate returns! This time, Dr. Crate spoke with SlavX host Katya about her experiences collecting ethnomusicological material from 1989–1990 in the Kharkiv oblast in Eastern Ukraine, then still part of the Soviet Union. This work was part of a larger project to collect and preserve songs unique to particular villages. Hope you enjoy!
Episode | November 27th, 2019 | Season 2 | 49 mins 59 secs
environmental studies, irkutsk, lake baikal, russian professors in the us, siberia, study abroad programs
On this episode, we meet the wonderful and charming Dr. Evgenia Wilkins, a native of St. Petersburg, who talks about her upcoming Maymester program in Siberia which will explore the richness of Lake Baikal (no knowledge of Russian necessary!)
Episode | October 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 24 mins 4 secs
anthropology, climate change, people stories, siberia
How does one wind up in Northeastern Siberia? Dr. Susan Crate recounts her almost 30 years
conducting research in Russia, a journey that began with an interest in Russian folklore and a
Bridges for Peace trip and resulted in a thirst to learn the Russian language and travel to Siberia.
Episode | September 30th, 2019 | Season 2 | 31 mins 49 secs
eurasia, irkut, languages
Cultural geographer and linguist Bella Jordan returns to the SlavX studio to discuss languages, indigenous peoples of the former Russian Empire, and the process of "de-Russification" that is the tendency now of many societies in the post-Soviet space.