Columbia's Harriman Institute: Mixed Message

Event date: 
01/22/2021 - 12:00pm

Virtual Book Talk: Mixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia by Kathryn E. Graber

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 12:00pm EST

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.  There will be no in-person event.

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Please join our friends at The Harriman Institute at Columbia University for an event in the Minority Inclusion and Exclusion in Soviet and Post-Communist Societies Speaker Series, a discussion with Kathryn E. Graber, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington and author of Mixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia (Cornell University Press, 2020).

Focusing on language and media in Asian Russia, particularly in Buryat territories, Mixed Messages engages debates about the role of minority media in society, alternative visions of modernity, and the impact of media on everyday language use. Graber demonstrates that language and the production, circulation, and consumption of media are practices by which residents of the region perform and negotiate competing possible identities.

What languages should be used in newspapers, magazines, or radio and television broadcasts? Who should produce them? What kinds of publics are and are not possible through media? How exactly do discourses move into, out of, and through the media to affect everyday social practices? Mixed Messages addresses these questions through a rich ethnography of the Russian Federation's Buryat territories, a multilingual and multiethnic region on the Mongolian border with a complex relationship to both Europe and Asia.

Mixed Messages shows that belonging in Asian Russia is a dynamic process that one cannot capture analytically by using straightforward categories of ethnolinguistic identity.


Kathryn E. Graber is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University.

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Our mission is to serve our community at the university and beyond by supporting research, instruction, and dialogue, sponsoring vibrant and multidisciplinary events that bring together our extraordinary resources of faculty, students, and alumni. We are committed to training the next generation of regional specialists to play leadership roles in setting the academic and scholarly agenda, making policy and challenging accepted truths about how we study our rapidly changing world.

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ISBN: 9781501750519
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Published: Cornell University Press - August 15th, 2020