Samantha is from San Antonio and is particularly proud of being a Central Texas local. She attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate, earning BAs in History and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, with minors in Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as well as a portfolio in LGBTQ+ Studies. For the purposes of her master’s degree, she is interested in Serbia-Croatian language, literary translation, literature from the Balkans and Central/Eastern Europe, and comparative feminist/queer issues. Outside of class, she reads whatever she has time for, goes to see old movies at the Austin Film Society, bikes, forgets about her pickling and preserving projects, and picks up random handicrafts.
Episode | January 25th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 6 mins
emigre authors, languages, s. ansky, sakha, yakut, yiddish
At the 2019 ASEEES Conference, PhD student Raya Shapiro shares with SlavX host Samantha about their research on the Jewish émigré playwright and author S. Ansky. And then, anthropoligist Jenanne Ferguson from the University of Nevada talks about the language of Sakha (Yakut) and the intrinsic spirit of all languages.
Episode | January 17th, 2020 | Season 2 | 30 mins 59 secs
balkans, blackness, disney, soviet animation, winnie the pooh, yugoslavia
Dr. Amanbayeva of Kazakhstan takes us into the magical world of Winnie the Pooh... but in the Soviet Union, and in the second segment, Dr. Rucker-Chang discusses the surprising ways in which people see themselves in the Balkans.
Episode | December 20th, 2019 | Season 2 | 31 mins 6 secs
czech cultures, live aid concert, mtv, prague, soviet rock, soviet youth, yugoslavia
From the ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, Professor Chad Bryant of UNC Chapel Hill speaks with us about Czech cultures and in the second half of the episode, Professor Laura Todd of the University of Nottingham lets us in on her research on early 1980s MTV and the Yugoslavian rock scene.
Episode | July 6th, 2019 | Season 1 | 40 mins 4 secs
arkan, balkan pop culture, ceca raznatovic, lepa brena, reggaeton, sasa kovacevic, severina, turbofolk, turboton, yugo nostalgia
Turbofolk is back with a vengeance! Dr. Vladislav Beronja joins Milena in the studio again but with reinforcements: students from his Spring 2019 class on popular music in the Balkans. These undergraduate scholars discuss the turbofolk artists, history, and songs that grabbed them!