Quarter Century of American Studies in Volgograd
- УДК / UDK: 061.61
- Author: Alexandеr I. Kubyshkin
- About the author:
Alexandеr I. Kubyshkin, Doctor Hab. in History, Professor, Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya nab. 7–9, 199034 Saint Petersbutg, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0633-2842
- Author 2: Ivan I. Kurilla
- About the author 2:
Ivan I. Kurilla, Doctor Hab. in History, Professor, European University at St. Petersburg, ul. Gagarinskaya 6/1A, 191187 Saint Petersburg, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7144-2007
The article describes activities of the Center for American Studies “Americana” at Volgograd State University in 1995—2020. The authors analyze the conditions that made possible development of American studies in Volgograd in the second half of the 1990s, show what was possible with the limited resources available to the center, and what problems have become difficult for the work of “Americana” in recent years. Teaching Russian and American students, exchange programs and joint online courses, research, publications, “people's diplomacy”, organization of conferences and seminars, uniting historians, political scientists, philologists, linguists, philosophers, architects and other Volgograd scholars in the study of the countries of American continent, creating a network of colleagues and partners from many cities of Russia, as well as from the USA and Canada — looking back over this quarter of a century, we can say with confidence that the Center “Americana” has succeeded. Special attention in the article is paid to the cooperation of the center's historians with literary scholars and linguists who worked in other universities and research organizations. The authors note an institutional asymmetry in the study of Russia in the United States and the United States in Russia: American Russianists find more resources and opportunities in times of exacerbation of Russian — American relations, while Russian Americanists get better opportunities when relations between the two countries improve. Changes in bilateral relations also influenced the activities and capabilities of the Volgograd center. However, it continues to work actively, as shown by a large conference held in Volgograd in September 2020 and the release of the next, 16th issue of the collection Americana in the winter of the same year. This means that the groundwork created in the first 15 years of the research center's service in Volgograd is helping the new generation of Volgograd Americanists get through difficult times.
- Keywords: American Studies in Russia, Volgograd State University, Americana, US—Russian relations, teaching American studies to students.
- For citation:
Kubyshkin, Alexandеr, and Ivan Kurilla. “Quarter Century of American Studies in Volgograd.” Literature of the Americas, no. 10 (2021): 350–368.