Public Lecture: ‘On Wings of Song’ – Karen Evans-Romaine, UW-Madison

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is pleased to invite you to the public lecture by Dr. Karen Evans-Romaine (University of Wisconsin-Madison).


Title: “On Wings of Song: Romantic Image-Makers in Russian Modernism”

Time and Date: Friday, February 24, 4-5 pm.

Location: 5.103

Dr. Evans-Romaine is a specialist on Boris Pasternak, intertextuality in Russian Modernism, interrelationship of music and literature, German-Russian literary relations, European Modernism and Romanticism; and foreign language pedagogy. She is the author of Boris Pasternak and the Tradition of German Romanticism. Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner [Slavistische Beiträge, Vol. 344], 1997, and numerous articles and book chapters on Russian literature and foreign language pedagogy.

2017 Admissions are Open!


The 2017 round of admissions to the MA in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University is now open! Applicants should register online at

The full entry requirements, and a complete list of the documents you should submit with your application, are available at

Applications will remain open until 10th April 2017. We can accept additional documents (IELTS certificates, References) until the 22nd April 2017, but you must submit your electronic application by the 10th.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Lecture: Andrew Reynolds on Mandelstam

The Department of Languages, Linguistics and Lieratures (aka WLL) invites you to a lecture by Professor Andrew Reynolds (Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, UW-Madison) titled:

“Preserving whose speech?: Mandelstam in translation and the quest for the authentic in post-1945 British, Irish, and American poetry”

When: Wednesday, October 19, 4:00-5:00 pm

Where: Block 8, Room 8.140


After providing a brief account of the translation of Mandelstam and other Russian and East European poets into English and also of some of the main trends in Western scholarship on these poets, I shall explore some of the reasons why English-language poetry in this period turned to the East. Some more specific questions of translation strategies and literary interpretation will also be discussed with particular reference to Mandelstam’s 1931 masterpiece “Sokhrani moiu rech’ navsegda za privkus neschast’ia i dyma” (“Preserve my speech forever for its aftertaste of misfortune and smoke”).


Andrew Reynolds is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UW-Madison, and the author of Death and the Poets: Osip Mandelstam, Alexander Pushkin and the Poetics of Influence (forthcoming from University of Wisconsin Press).

Lecture – Ted Gerber, ‘Housing and Inequality in Four Soviet Countries’.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites you to a lecture by Professor Ted Gerber (University of Wisconsin-Madison) titled:

‘Housing and Inequality in Four Soviet Countries’

When: 6.00pm-7.00pm, Tuesday, 18 October.

Where: Block 8 (SHSS), Floor 3, Room 8.305.


After 25 years of post-Soviet transition, how does housing relate to other markers of socioeconomic status in former Soviet countries? Housing was distributed according to non-market principles in the USSR. After the Soviet collapse, former Soviet states privatized housing stock, yet credit constraints and chronic shortages of housing stock impeded the development of housing markets. Data from a 2015 survey conducted in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine reveal the role of housing in the emergent stratification systems in these countries.

Ted Gerber 


Dr. Gerber is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on issues of social inequality, economic change, demography, and migration in post-Soviet countries.

Viva-Voce Examination

On Saturday 24th June, Anar Tleumaganbetova will be defending her MA thesis, entitled The Chechen Diaspora: “Little Chechnya” in Kazakhstan, at a viva-voce examination.

Chechen memorial
Memorial erected on the 70th anniversary of the forced deportation of the Chechens to Kazakhstan, in the grounds of the Sheikh Kunta Hajji mosque in Astana. (

The thesis defence is public and open to all, and will be held at 8.30am in Room 8.105 of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Viva-voce examinations

Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th May, Alibek Akhmetov and Inzhuna Karazhanova will be defending their MA theses:

5pm Alibek Akhmetov: The development of social capital among Bolashak graduates and the alumni of other international programs in Astana.


6pm Inzhuna Karazhanova: Monstrous Femininity in Kazakh Folklore. Delineating Normative and Transgressive Womanhood.

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The thesis defences are public and open to all, and will be held in Room 8.105 of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.