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 graduate student 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.
Episode | February 9th, 2020 | Season 2 | 53 mins 13 secs
politics, presidential elections, russia, ukraine, us-russia relations
Dr. Mark Pomar, Russia expert and senior fellow at the Clements Center for National Security, revisits the studio to speak with us about modern-day politics and foreign policy in the US.
Episode | February 1st, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 4 mins
alumni, careers, intelligence, life after grad school, security
In this episode, Tom and Tracy team up to talk with three former CREEES / LBJ dual degree grad students who are successfully applying their classroom experience to the real world in very big ways. If you're a student eyeing that scary drop-off after graduation, then this episode is totally for you!
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 22nd, 2020 | Season 2 | 41 mins 35 secs
crimea, japan, post-cold war international relations, putin, russia, trump
Professor Akaha gives us his take on Russia-Japanese relations in the aftermath of the Cold War and the impact that Russia-US tensions play on Japan's geographic well-being. And in the second half of the episode, Dr. Smeltz from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs explains her findings from surveys that reveal Russians still approve of Putin's foreign policy.
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 | January 14th, 2020 | Season 2 | 26 mins 28 secs
emigre journeys, literature, russian film
Wrapping up our ASEEES conference series, we have a super fun couple's episode with the dynamic duo of Alexander Prokhorov and Elena Prokhorova from Moscow State University who talk about their personal journeys and how they ended up at teaching at College of William & Mary.
Episode | January 11th, 2020 | Season 1 | 45 mins 54 secs
african american anthropologists, albania, albanian football, balkans, cultural exchange, journeying to foreign countries, racism, sexism
In this entertaining interview, host Tom sits down with cultural anthropologist Dr. West Ohueri to discuss all things Albania with special focus on her journey as an African-American woman into a white environment. We're sure you'll enjoy!
Episode | January 4th, 2020 | Season 2 | 33 mins 28 secs
czech nationalists, german nationalists, habsburg empire, russian folklore, ya fiction
In this episode, we go from the late Habsburg Empire with Dr. Hsia (of Indiana University Bloomington) to Slavic Folklore in modern young adult literature with Jill Martiniuk (U of H) talking about the romanticized Russian symbols used by authors everywhere.
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 | December 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 40 mins 29 secs
anthropocene, anthropology, geography, geology, photography, polar north, visual ethnography
In this episode, anthropologist Craig Campbell talks about his interest in the river life of Siberia, the age of the Anthropocene, and how "time is profoundly weird."
Episode | December 12th, 2019 | Season 2 | 18 mins 32 secs
aseees, carpatho-rusyn identity, czechoslovakia, soviet ukraine, soviet union
At the 2019 ASEEES conference, Ukrainian history expert Dr. Paul Magosci talks with Cullan about Carpatho-Rusyn nationality and his pivotal role as a specialist in this region of the world.
Episode | December 9th, 2019 | Season 2 | 14 mins 43 secs
aseees, conference interviews
SlavX host Lera gets the chance to talk with Professor Vladimir Golstein from Brown University at the 2019 ASEEES conference in San Francisco. Check it out!
Episode | December 5th, 2019 | Season 2 | 37 mins 45 secs
central asia, cultural exchange programs, journalists, kyrgyzstan, media
On this episode, Aigul Adzhieva (Айгуля Аджиева) a TV producer from Kyrgyzstan, joins Matt for a discussion about media challenges today, bride kidnapping, and the role of journalists in her country. Enjoy!
Episode | December 2nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 49 mins 19 secs
cold war, economy, oil trade, venezuela
As Winter claims the Slavic world (much of it anyway), we thought we'd take a trip south of the equator with this episode on Venezuela with yet another special guest from the History department Latin American expert Marcus Golding. Maybe Tom will expertly find a way to bring us back to home base... or not. Thanks for listening!
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 | November 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 48 mins 15 secs
central asia, free media, journalism, podcasting, politics, radio, youth culture
Two visiting Kazakh journalists talk with Matt and Tracy about their experiences as independent and international media practitioners, the challenges they face in a country they say whose government tolerates no opposition.