Dashkova Centre

Voices of Apocalypse: Russian Military News and the Horizons of Future War

Nancy Ries is Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University in New York. Since the 1980’s she has been undertaking anthropological field research in Russia.

She is the author of a Barbara Heldt Prize recipient, Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika (Cornell University Press), and has published work on the Russian mafia (Ethnography in Unstable Places), gender relations (Feminist Nightmares: Women at Odds) and on the everyday violence of war and social conflict (New Literary History). She currently co-edits the Cornell University Press book series, Culture and Society after Socialism, and chairs the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

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Public Lecture by The Dashkova Centre in collaboration with Language and Violence Research strand (DELC)

Jets flying by a building in Russia

Voices of Apocalypse: Russian Military News and the Horizons of Future War

Using Guy Debord's concept of 'the spectacle', this talk analyses a collection of military news and entertainment videos, some which highlight contemporary tools and forces (Tupolev bombers over Europe, opolchentsy in Ukraine, bombing in Syria, Russian nuclear modernisation) and some which warn of the coming 'Third World War' started by the US and NATO.

The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre
14 Buccleuch Place