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A fresh Slavic and Eurasian chat show meant to share research, ideas, and culture within and between academic institutions. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.

A fresh Slavic and Eurasian chat show meant to share research, ideas, and culture within and between academic institutions. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.
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A fresh Slavic and Eurasian chat show meant to share research, ideas, and culture within and between academic institutions. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.

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Episodes

INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)

5/15/2019
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Dr. Herasimenka in his own words: I have been involved in media production since 2006. My favourite time as a professional in the field includes seven years of work as a journalist, an editor and a media relation specialist. During that time, I authored hundreds of publications both analytical and journalistic for TV, radio, newspapers and the web. This work was honoured with national and international awards. Currently, I am a research associate and a visiting lecturer at Westminster School...

Duration:00:19:42

INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 4: The World According to the Truthseekers (Speaker - Ilya Yablokov)

5/15/2019
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Ilya Yablokov teaches a variety of courses in Russian studies at the University of Leeds. The areas of academic interests are conspiracy theories as a tool of political mobilisation and political communication. His recent monograph 'Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World' explores how political elites in post-Soviet Russia use conspiracy theories for political purposes and to boost social cohesion. He is also working on the second monograph on conspiracy theories...

Duration:00:20:58

Будем на связи (Budem na svyazi): Russian online with Heather Rice

5/4/2019
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Dr. Heather Rice, one of the nicest professors at the University of Texas, talks about her journey from Houston, Texas to post-Soviet Russia which made her eventually fall in love with the Russian language. As a Russian language professor, she discusses the difficulties and successes of her now-famous (relatively-speaking) Russian online course that's open to the public globally and taking the linguistics world by storm, making learning Russian actually FUN. Our very own Tom R. hosts as a...

Duration:00:21:38

The Monkey Cage

4/30/2019
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Tom and Matt host a special guest of the Information Wars symposium: Dr. Joshua Tucker, director of NYU's Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, and co-editor of the Washington Post independent political science newsletter "The Monkey Cage". Books Mentioned: 1) PARTISAN HEARTS AND MINDS by Green, Palmquist, and Schickler https://www.amazon.com/Partisan-Hearts-Minds-Donald-Green/dp/0300101562 2) CENSORED by Margaret E. Roberts...

Duration:00:55:30

INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 3: "The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself" (Speaker - Peter Pomerantsev)

4/28/2019
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Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee. He writes for publications including the Financial Times, London Review of Books, Politico, Atlantic and many others....

Duration:00:19:21

INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 2: "Analyzing Twitter Bots" (Speaker - Denis Stukal)

4/28/2019
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Dr. Denis Stukal is a postdoctoral researcher with SMaPP. He is doing research in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. His primary focus is the use of machine learning techniques to study political misinformation in post-communist countries (especially, in Russia). Recorded Live at the Glickman Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin on April 25th, 2019. www.slavxradio.com Associate Producer: Tom Rehnquist Music: Charlie Harper...

Duration:00:11:06

INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 1: "Heads will Troll" (Speaker - Joshua Tucker)

4/25/2019
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Dr. Joshua Tucker, director of NYU's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, presents his most recent research at the 2019 Trust Me: Information Wars symposium, which was made possible by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in collaboration with the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP). Follow Dr. Tucker on Twitter: @jatucker Thanks for listening! Recorded Live at the Glickman Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin on April 25th, 2019....

Duration:00:20:07

Trust Me: The Politics of Conspiracy Theory with Kiril Avramov

4/25/2019
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As a kickoff to the Information Wars Social Media Conference here at the University of Texas today, we are releasing this episode featuring one of UT's own speakers, Dr. Kiril Avramov who is not only brilliant but one of the most caring and engaging educators on these Forty Acres! Dr. Avramov was until December 2017 the Acting Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) in Sofia, Bulgaria and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at NBU....

Duration:00:53:00

Человек с Дальнего Востока (The Man From the Far East)

4/23/2019
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Our host Matt visits with special guest and East Asia expert Dr. Artyom Lukin about Russian geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region. Этот эпизод на русском языке. Dr. Artyom Lukin is the deputy director for Research at the School of Regional and International Studies and associate professor at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. Dr. Lukin earned his PhD in Political Science from Far Eastern State University in 2002. In addition to his academic career, he worked as a public...

Duration:00:39:39

The Man From Vladivostok: Russia and the Asia-Pacific with Artyom Lukin

4/22/2019
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"In Russia, we don't see North Korea as a threat," says Dr. Artyom Lukin, an expert on Russian foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. A contributing writer to Washington Post, Huffington Post, and more, Dr. Lukin clears up American misconceptions in the Far East and gives us some uniquely Russian insight and perspective. Dr. Artyom Lukin is the deputy director for Research at the School of Regional and International Studies and associate professor at Far Eastern Federal University in...

Duration:00:38:14

International Religious Freedom and the Case of Uzbekistan: Trading the Hammer-and-Sickle for the Moon and Star

4/17/2019
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The future Dr. Ashlyn Hand dialogues with Matt about the super fun topic of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy and the specific case of post-USSR Uzbekistan. And she says nobody wants her at the dinner table... About the Guest: Ashlyn Hand is a fourth-year doctoral student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Ashlyn’s research interests involve the intersection of women’s political representation and issues of religious liberty. Ashlyn received her Master’s in Public...

Duration:00:29:30

Black Widows of the Black Sea

4/15/2019
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On this episode, Tom hosts half-Russian graduate student Lucia Winkeler as they talk all things Caucasus and how many times she has to explain to people that it's not Czechia, it's CHECHNYA as in the First and Second Chechen Wars. Lucia is a dual-degree CREEES and LBJ Global Policy Studies graduate student who is primarily focusing her research on female terrorists originating in the North Caucasus region. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is fluent in Russian with a working...

Duration:00:25:29

Inside Dugin's Beard with Tom & Matt

4/11/2019
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In this episode Matt and Tom discuss everything you probably NEVER wanted to know about Alexander Dugin. But who is Dugin and what does he want? Wikipedia says simply "[he] is a Russian political analyst and strategist known for his fascist views." High commendation, indeed. But Dugin and his concept of Eurasianism is far too complicated for us in general. However, Tom could write a book about this subject... and he probably will, so this ought to be interesting. Books mentioned: 1)...

Duration:00:32:03

Сeва Новгорoдцев - Рyсская слyжба Би-би-си (на русском языке)

4/9/2019
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For more information on Seva Novgorodsev (DJ with the BBC Russian Service), visit his website www.seva.ru. Watch the interview on our YouTube channel with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ7t-TDkR-M&t=650s CREDITS Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrmatthew) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Music/Sound Design: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic...

Duration:00:31:28

Adventures in Communism with Susanne Sternthal

4/8/2019
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The indomitable Dr. Susanne Sternthal joins host Matt Orr in the studio to discuss her breadth of experience from New York to Moscow. Please visit her guest page for more on her bio and published works. https://www.slavxradio.com/guests/sternthal Movie mentioned by Susanne: GET OUT https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/ Book mentioned by Susanne: D.H. Lawrence's THE RAINBOW...

Duration:00:57:13

Turbofolk: The Music of Balkan Identity with Vladislav Beronja

4/4/2019
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Dr. Beronja talks about the fascinating musical genre of Turbofolk which emerged during the tumultuous 80s in the former Yugoslavia, expanded to mass popularity in the 90s under Slobodan Milošević, and aligned itself with Balkan identity. For more on how nostalgia (such as "Yugo-nostalgia") directs politics and dialogue, check out the following website of digital scholarship by Dr. Beronja: https://nostalgiaandpop.omeka.net/introduction Clips played in the episode are from the following...

Duration:00:22:04

The Currency of Diplomacy and State Department "1.0" with (the one and only) John Gleb

3/30/2019
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One of the most unique rising scholars at the University of Texas, John Gleb talks with host Tom Rehnquist about the development of the U.S. State Department in terms of American diplomacy and also on the tie with dollar diplomacy. To quote Tom: "Judging by [John's] input in class, this should be a very rich conversation." Books mentioned include: 1) Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars by Kristin L. Hoganson 2) From...

Duration:00:34:10

Polls, Politics, and Presidents with Matt & Tom

3/23/2019
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With the Ukrainian presidential election just a week away (at the release of this episode), hosts Tom and Matt felt they had to give a rundown of the leading candidates and draw comparisons (because they can't help themselves) to US political struggles and trends. And while they know it's a wee bit early to talk American presidential elections, Matt and Tom just had to touch on a few of the many, many White House hopefuls who have thrown their proverbial hat into the ring. Who's their...

Duration:00:28:40

David Foster Wallace Goes to Russia... in Print

3/22/2019
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Matt and Tom discuss the late great DFW: David Foster Wallace and have another of their generally pessimistic conversations about modern-society in this mini-episode. Recommended works by David Foster Wallace: The Infinite Jest (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316066524/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0) "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do"...

Duration:00:12:57

On Democracy in Eastern Europe with Austin Sappington

3/18/2019
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Czech-American Austin Sappington, a Clements Center Undergraduate Fellow for 2018-2019, talks about his identification with the local Austin Czech community, Russian influence in the EU, Ukrainian democracy, the Czech Republic, and threats to Ukraine's economic well-being. Having visited these regions, Austin has had much insight into the regional politics and on-the-ground opinion of Eastern Ukraine. His opinion as an undergraduate is particularly valuable as it reflects the sentiments of...

Duration:00:32:24