Lecture: “The Death of Parmesan: Material Culture, Media, and the Past in Russian Everyday Life”stuartj2015-08-17T10:47:15-04:00
Co-sponsored between the Green School of International and Public Affairs, the European & Eurasian Studies Program, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and UC Berkeley, this lecture by Joy Neumeyer reflects on the relationship between politics and images of the past in Russian everyday life. Topics under discussion include the surge in TV shows about the late Soviet era, the tremendous popularity of Internet memes, and the persistent attraction/repulsion to “the West.” The title refers to a satirical song that achieved Internet fame after Russia’s ban on foreign food imports, including Italian Parmesan Cheese, in response to Western sanctions over Ukraine.
Joy Neumeyer is a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a Berkeley Fellow. She received a BA in History and Slavic Studies from Brown University. After spending a year in Moscow as a Fulbright scholar, from 2011 to 2014 Neumeyer was the culture editor of The Moscow News, writing feature stories on subjects ranging from publishing scams to gay cruising, as well as art and restaurant reviews and the weekly guide Moscow Walks. She has contributed to publications including Art News, CNN Go, Women’s Wear Daily, Russian Life, Tablet Magazine, Cat Fancy, and Vice. Her current research is focused on death, ritual, and visual culture in the Soviet Union.
For more information on Joy Neumeyer’s connections to Russian life click here.