Dashkova Centre

Neomedievalism as Social Project in Putin’s Russia

Dina Khapaeva examines the appropriations of medievalism by contemporary culture and politics, applying the concept of neo-medievalism to Russia. She focuses on how neo-medievalist thinking views society, and on the role that state-sponsored terror plays in these representations. Dina reviews the Eurasia political movement, which advocates Russia’s “return to a pre-Petrine New Middle Ages”, in the light of post-Soviet utopian and dystopian novels and movies, and the discourse of highly placed Russian officials. The images of social organization in these novels and writings, we shall see, find many parallels with popular Western neo-medievalist fantasies— for instance, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the television series Game of Thrones.

Dina Khapaeva is professor of Russian in the School of Modern Languages at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of intellectual history, memory studies, and cultural studies. She is author of The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture (the University of Michigan Press, 2017) and many other books and articles.

photograph of Dina Khapaeva
Oct 12 2017 -

Neomedievalism as Social Project in Putin’s Russia

A talk by Dina Khapaeva (Georgia Tech)

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre
19 Buccleuch Place
EH8 9LD