Serguei Alex. Oushakine

Professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Director, Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Serguei Alex. Oushakine is a professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the director, Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. His research reflects his formal training in anthropology, history, political theory, sociology and gender studies.  His fieldwork centers on Eurasia, where he explore how the collapse of state socialism has simultaneously undermined already existing communities and precipitated the emergence of new ones.  In his book, The Patriotism of Despair: Communities of Loss in Contemporary Russia (Cornell UP, 2009), based on two years of fieldwork in Siberia, Oushakine analyzes the importance of experienced or imagined traumas for creating postsocialist identities and meanings. In his new fieldwork in Minsk (Belarus) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) Oushakine is tracing how the socialist experiment in former Soviet republics is reframed in terms of colonial and postcolonial experience. Oushakine has co-edited with Costica Bradatan a volume on power and intellectuals (In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia. New York: Lexington Books, 2010); he also edited a special issue of Studies in East European Thought on post-soviet intelligentsia, and is preparing for publication special issues of Slavic Review and East European Politics and Society on totalitarian laughter and the nature of the comic under socialism.