Hacking Russia: Technological Dreams and Nightmares of Russian Culture (SLAVIC 120)
Hacking Russia: Technological Dreams and Nightmares of Russian CulturennThe course explores the role of technology in constructing the social fabric and the material reality of Russian society. From the early Soviet period, when technological progress was linked to humanistic utopia, we proceed along the assembly line of communist production, avant-garde and constructivist artistic utopia, socialist realism, the space race, and information technology, using examples from Russian literature, film, art, and architecture. With the media's concern for fake news and Russian hacking today, it is our course's goal to "hack Russia": to understand the politics and technology behind today's geopolitical problems, and also the creative responses that have made Russian society a site of both dreamlike promise and nightmarish threat, through its history and today. NOTE: This course must be taken for a Letter Grade to be eligible for WAYS credit. "Counts towards Europe and Russia specialization (International Relations)"