Event Recommendations

Do you have suggestions for possible European Cultural Studies excursions or events? If so, please contact Xinyi Du, UDR for the ECS Program.

Past Events

Meet the Majors: COML, GRALL, ECS

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Shiffman 121

Refreshments and great (sometimes even multi-lingual!) conversations provided. Come learn about some of the best programs at Brandeis!

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Meet the Majors


Spring 2016 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture: "Dostoevsky's Concept of Unity: Pro and Contra"

Featuring Anna Berman, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at McGill University, and Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Boston University

Wednesday, April 20, 2016Dostoevsky's Concept of Unity
2:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
(Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. 303)

The problem of interpersonal unity lies at the heart of Dostoevsky's writing. His hopes for a future all-embracing communal union are matched in their intensity only by his adamant warnings against the dangers of collectivism. How does Dostoevsky navigate this apparent paradox? Can people unite in positive ways that do not destroy their sense of autonomy and personal identity? Focusing on The Brothers Karamazov, Corrigan and Berman will apply different readings to the same scenes in order to illuminate the many sides of this issue.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the European Cultural Studies Program. Cake, coffee, and tea will be served.


Meet the Majors/Minors: GRALL Programs, COML, ECS & SAS

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Shiffman 216

Stop by to meet faculty, UDRs, and other students from the following majors, minors, and language programs:

  • German Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Comparative Literature and Culture
  • European Cultural Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language
  • Japanese Language
  • Korean Language

Fall 2015 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture: "Osip Mandelstam and Visual Experience"

Featuring Andrew Kahn
Professor of Russian Literature, University of Oxford
Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Osip Mandelstam and Visual ExperienceTuesday, November 17, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
(Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. 303)

During this lecture, Professor Andrew Kahn argued for a new understanding of the visual in Mandelstam based on more precise connections to the science of the eye, contemporary trends in art history and psychology of art, and the aesthetic context of the late Imperial period and, the Soviet reception of Cubism in the 1930s.

This event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Mandel Center for the Humanities, the Comparative Literature and Culture Program, and the European Cultural Studies Program.


Spring 2015 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture: "Bakhtin and the Actor"

Featuring Caryl Emerson
A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Princeton University

Bakhtin and the ActorWednesday, March 18, 2015, 4 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb 119)

It might come as a surprise that Mikhail Bakhtin, known as both a lyricophobe and a theatrophobe, had anything positive to say about the art of the stage. During this lecture, Caryl Emerson, the renowned expert on Mikhail Bakhtin, argued that, nevertheless, Bakhtin had a powerful theatrical imagination.

This event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the European Cultural Studies Program, and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.


Fall 2014 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture: "The Prosodic Protolanguage Hypothesis and the Origins of Poetry"

Featuring Anna Christina Ribeiro
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas Tech University

Monday, November 24, 2014, 2 p.m.
Shiffman 125

Anna Christina Ribeiro is an associate professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University. She specializes in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. She is currently working on a comprehensive philosophical theory of poetry, drawing on cognitive and evolutionary psychology, pragmatics and metrical phonology in linguistics, and work in disciplines such as classics, anthropology and archaeology on oral literary traditions ancient and contemporary.


"The Other Stories in Anna Karenina: A Translator's Perspective

Featuring Rosamund Bartlett, Ph.D.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 2 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

The Other Stories in Anna KareninaThis talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy's reputation in the English-speaking world. This led to a discussion of some of the novel's less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel's relationship to the "woman question" in late 19th-century Russia.

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar, translator and lecturer. She is the author of Tolstoy: A Russian Life and translator of Anna Karenina She has also written a biography of Chekhov and published two volumes of his short stories. She has lectured on Russian literature, music and cultural history at universities and public institutions around the world, and has a particular interest in the comparative history of European Modernism, opera, and the intersection between politics, history and the arts.

This event was sponsored by the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature and the European Cultural Studies Program.


"Reality as Palimpsest: Walter Benjamin as Flâneur"

Featuring Howard Eiland
Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

During this event, Howard Eiland discussed the work of renowned critical theorist Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) and the Benjaminian and Proustian theme of "Reality as Palimpsest."

Howard Eiland is one of the world's foremost Benjamin scholars. Eiland has co-edited several volumes of the English edition of Benjamin's Selected Writings, was one of the translators for Benjamin's famous "Arcades Project," and, this year, co-authored a book that is now the benchmark for Benjamin scholarship -- "Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life."

This event is sponsored by the History of Ideas program, European Cultural Studies program, and the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.


Conference: The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse

October 1-2, 2014
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

This two-day conference explored the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse. The conference coincided with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marcuse's most famous book, "One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society," and our recent discovery of an early draft of this book that was given to Brandeis by Marcuse himself. For additional details, please visit The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse website.

The European Cultural Studies Program was a co-sponsor of the event.