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Poliksena Shishkina-Iavein

Nineteen-seventeen is perhaps the most researched year in all of Russian history. Yet the Bolshevik Revolution has all but eclipsed a huge development for women’s rights that occurred the same year, when Russia became the first major power to grant women the right to vote.

At this moment of great geopolitical change, Davis Center Director Rawi Abdelal looks at the fate of globalization through the lenses of great power transitions, national borders, and economic inequality.

Michael Beckelhimer

We talked with Michael Beckelhimer, REECA A.M. '96, about the making of Pushkin Is Our Everything and why the 19th-century poet remains a such a powerful and fervently adored symbol in Russia.

Nat Erb-Satullo's team at a dig site in the hills of western Georgia

Archeologist Nat Erb-Satullo went to Georgia looking for evidence of how and why people of the ancient world put down their bronze objects and moved into the iron age. What he found sheds light on the social forces that spark innovation.

Seemingly inevitable in retrospect but utterly unprecedented, the end of the Soviet Union was made official on December 26,1991. Twenty-five years later there is still no singular narrative of how a multitude of forces came together to dissolve the largest nation on earth.

A woman is photographed during the protests at the Maidan, Kiev, Ukraine. By Anastasia Taylor-Lind. https://anastasia-taylorlind.squarespace.com/maidan

In 2014, British photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Ukrainian journalist Alisa Sopova were both in Ukraine, questioning how to represent the ongoing conflict. When they met, they developed a creative collaboration that allowed them to do just that.

Infant ward in a Kabul hospital in the 1960s

Historian Timothy Nunan takes us to Cold War Afghanistan—where Soviet and European rivalry played out not through tanks and guns, but through opposing ideas about international development and humanitarian aid.

The Davis Center welcomes its fellows and visiting scholars for academic year 2016–2017. Collectively, the cohort speaks over 25 languages, including Sakha and Sorbian. These scholars join us from institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland,...

Decades after the theories of Soviet agronomist Trofim Lysenko were discredited, his name is back on the tongues of some Russian scientists. Historian of science Loren Graham explores Lysenko’s political legacy and the extent to which new developments in microbiology validate his claims.

Narratives and stories are all around us. How do we as participants in civic life make sense of these stories? How can educators help students make sense of journalism to foster greater understanding of global challenges? Teachers tackled these questions in annual workshop.

Stalin’s death in March 1953 took the world by surprise.His passing marked a major turning point, but did it lead to lasting change? Joshua Rubenstein discusses his latest book, The Last Days of Stalin.

How has the iconic image of standing in line shaped Russian identity? Literary scholar Jillian Porter examines how the queue has wound its way through narratives of revolution and continues to find expression in Russian political, social, and cultural life today.

As students of Eurasia, we deal often with ideas such as “post-factual” politics, but this characterisation is as true now of the United Kingdom as any other country.

“Migration is a process that has been going on for millennia.” Knowing this, and considering current migration crises around the globe, how do we incorporate informed and compassionate discussion of human movement into social studies education?

The Davis Center has awarded travel grants to ten undergraduates from Harvard College to pursue research and internships in the Eurasian region. These awards were made possible through the generosity of Marshall I. Goldman.

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