Davis Center/Harriman Institute Master's Thesis Colloquium

Event Format
In person
CGIS South, S354, 1730 Cambridge Street

The Master’s Thesis Colloquium highlights research carried out by second-year students in the REECA program at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, and the MARS-REERS program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. A diverse range of topics will be covered in a series of short presentations, with opportunity for audience Q & A. This event will be held in a seminar format.


Lunch | 1:00 PM

Panel I | 2:00-3:20 PM

Aruzhan Meirkhanova, Harvard University, Maintaining the “Pyramid”: Elite Management Strategies in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan
Nikhil Jain, Columbia University, Beneath the Crescent: Pan-Nationalism, Turkism, and National Identity in Azerbaijan
Ermin Mujezinovic, Columbia University, Why is the Serbian population public opinion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia oriented toward Russia? 
Muling He, Harvard University, Unifying Divided Cities: The Reforms of Urban Institutions in Soviet Uzbekistan
Adrien Mercat, Columbia University, Claims to Autochthony in Georgian Historical Discourse
Rachel Amran, Columbia University, Healthcare Habits in the Republic of Georgia
Baxter Speed, Columbia University, A Hospitable Land: Russian Emigrants in Georgia
Nora Cyra, Harvard University, Conflict Beyond Borders: Digitalization of Transnational Conflict Resolution Networks in Moldova and Georgia

Break | 3:20-3:40 PM

Panel II | 3:40-5:00 PM

Rowan Shnir
, Columbia University, Ukrainian Civil Society’s Transformation after Euromaidan
Lili Bivings, Columbia University, Dacha as refuge: The dacha and the Russian Invasion of 2022
Daniel Brennan, Columbia University, Ukraine, Foreign Aid and Blockchain
Christopher Atwood, Columbia University, Ukrainian Resistance to the Russian Invasion as an Anti-Colonial Struggle
Alex Volgyesi, Columbia University, Magyar Nationalism Made me Gay: Homosexuality and Nationalist Discources in 19th-Century Hungary
Abigail Gipson, Harvard University, Who Sings the New Udmurt Song: Kuzebay Gerd, Culture, and Power in the Votskii Autonomous Oblast, 1917-1937
John Leake, Harvard University, "Pushkin was a Negro": Alexander Pushkin and Blackness in Soviet and Russian Culture



The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 617-495-4037 or daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance if possible. Please note that the Davis Center will make every effort to secure services but that services are subject to availability.