Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Time at Home: Material Realities and Russian Longing at the Fin de Siècle


On January 30, 2015, Rebecca Friedman, Director of the European Studies Program at Florida International University, gave a lecture entitled "Time at Home: Material Realities and Russian Longing at the Fin de Siècle" as part of the EUCE Director Lecture series.

From Dr. Friedman's abstract:
Professor Friedman will reveal how domestic space embodies modern concepts of time. In particular, she will highlight how, in a period of tremendous upheaval, Russians embraced notions of the home that contained new ideas about the flow of historical time. Domestic aesthetics – whether in texts or objects – reflected overlapping understandings of past, present and future as many in the modern age embraced a new time consciousness.  Private time – domestic time – included ideas about efficiency, hygiene, and as the century moved on, utopian communalism. By peering into the windows of urban apartments, this talk traces modern temporality and its reverberations within representations of domestic spaces and objects during the first few decades of the twentieth century.

A video of the lecture is available to view in the EUC's video library or below:

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