Conference Organizer

2011 “Places and Perceptions: Space and Identity in Inner Eurasia” (with the other board members of the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies). Graduate student conference, Columbia University, April 9, 2011.

2011  “Healing Paradigms and the Politics of Health in Central Asia” (with Professor Valentina Izmirlieva and her assistants). International interdisciplinary conference, Columbia University Global Health Research Center of Central Asia and the Harriman Institute, April 8, 2011.

2011 “Andrei Platonov: Style, Context, Meaning” (with assistance from Margo Rosen). International conference, Columbia University and the Harriman Institute, February 10–12, 2011. Conference description and program available online at:

Seminar Convener

2015-2016 “Society and Spectacle” seminar series, Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East  European Studies at St Andrews. See

Additional Intellectual Programming

2015-2016    Co-creator and co-organizer of the “Byre World” public engagement program at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews.

2013   “It’s No Good.” Reading and book presentation by Kirill Medvedev and Keith Gessen, author and translator of It’s No Good: Poems, Essays, and Actions (Ugly Duckling Presse and n+1 Books, 2013). Columbia University, April 24, 2013.

2013   “The Learning Film Group and the Lessons of History.” A Russian-language lecture and film screening by historian and activist Ilya Budraitskis. Columbia University, March 27, 2013.

2013   “Pussy Riot-The Sequel.” A Russian-language witness theater production by Varvara Faer (Teatr.doc, Moscow) about the performance group Pussy Riot, Columbia University, March 13, 2013.


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