Mai 2021

Do27Mai19:15Do20:45Mosse-Lecture: Eliot BorensteinInforming Ourselves to Death: Conspiracy and Fantasy in Postmodern Russia


In the USSR, information was a scarce resource shared only sparingly with the population at large; now Russians are awash in a flood of information. Yet each scenario proved conducive to unfettered suspicion and widespread conspiracy theorizing. Now the Russian media encourage viewers to believe they are surrounded by enemies who want to brainwash them with propaganda. Post-Soviet conspiracy theories peddle heroic fantasies of a victimized nation and contradictory messages about the nature of human subjectivity.

Eliot Borenstein┬áist Professor f├╝r Russistik und Slawistik an der New York University. Unter seinen vielfach ausgezeichneten Publikationen zur politischen Medienkultur Russlands finden sich zuletzt ┬╗Overkill: Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture┬ź [2007], ┬╗Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism┬ź [2019] und ┬╗Pussy Riot: Speaking Punk to Power┬ź [2020]. Demn├Ąchst erscheint seine Monographie zu viralen Netzph├Ąnomenen in Russland mit dem Titel ┬╗Meanwhile in RussiaÔÇŽ: Russian Internet Memes and Viral Video┬ź. Borenstein ist zudem Herausgeber des Blogs ┬╗All the Russians┬ź f├╝r das NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia┬ź.

Einf├╝hrung und Gespr├Ąch: Michael Butter

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