My CV and some other aspects of my current work in the Ph.D. program in Slavic literatures at UCLA are on my Zotero.org profile. I'm also trying to get a research log going.
I helped run a conference to bring together people with interests in Eurasian questions, the California Eurasian Studies Kurultai, at UCLA on April 10, 2010.
I'm studying Tatar now, with the help of Güliz Kuruoğlu at UCLA and my wife, Aygöl. I am interested in "high culture" and the literatures of the autonomous republics of the Volga-Ural region. Specifically, I want to document the emergence of norms in literary and cultural production from the late 1800s to the 1930s, for a variety of groups in the region. I also am interested in the dynamics of multilingualism in the republics, and specifically how multiple languages and multiple literary traditions play out in the works of contemporary writers.
At the same time, I'm working on learning Czech, with the thought that it provides a complementary narrative of national definition and language reform.
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Background image: National Archive of the Republic of Tatarstan (ф.2, оп.2, д.1972, л.83об). Card catalog images taken at the Lobachevsky Research Library at Kazan Federal University.