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Slavic Peoples and Slavic Nation-States: Their Capital Cities in Time and Space
A linear examination of the capital cities for the thirteen nation-states that constitute what we might generally refer to as “the Slavic world in 2020” might appear, at first glance, to represent a rather straightforward and even mundane topic. However, if those same capitals are studied not from a unidimensional standpoint but rather against a backdrop of time and space that incorporates objects and facts into a larger historical vision of past and present reality, many new avenues of exploration are revealed. We are thereby transferred from a synchronic view of Slavic “first cities” to a diachronic manifold of particular beliefs and ancient memories, that is, from a set of signals that produce a single “horizontal” expressive unit to a “vertical” configuration of relations based on the encounter and opposition of diverse ideas and perspectives. Thus, by studying capital cities on both the synchronic and diachronic axes, we are able to inquire better into the relationship between past and present, unity and diversity, invariance and variance, and many other aspects of Slavic culture and intellectual history from a multi-disciplinary point of view.

Jul 8, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Harvey Goldblatt
Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures @Yale University
Harvey Goldblatt, Professor of Medieval Slavic Literatures at Yale, is a specialist in Slavic literary and cultural traditions. A graduate of McGill University, he undertook further study in Moscow and Prague before earning his Ph.D. from Yale in 1977. He taught at Yale from 1977 to 1984 and then returned in 1990. Professor Goldblatt was master of Pierson College for almost two decades (1994-2013); and for many years he served as chair of the Department of Slavic Languages > Literatures, Yale's Language Study Committee, the Yale-Ukraine Initiative, and Yale's Canadian Studies Committee. He is the editor of Yale Russian and East European Publications and also serves on the editorial boards of several prominent journals on Slavic literatures both in the United States and abroad.