Putin Kitsch in America

6:30PM to 8:00PM February 19, 2020
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Royal Roads University and the Canadian International Council (CIC), Victoria Branch, are pleased to present Concordia University History Professor Alison Rowley for a talk about her latest book, Putin Kitsch in America. The book examines the outsized influence that Vladimir Putin, both the man and the myth, has had on US political discourse in the last decade.

Prof. Rowley will examine various kitsch mediums, from Putin memorabilia to Putin's digital presence to demonstrate how the Russian leader’s image as a virile strongman is designed to show US politicians as relative weaklings. The number of such references skyrocketed during the 2016 US presidential election campaign and is expected to continue when Americans return to the polls later this year.

Rowley is also author of Open Letters: Russian Popular Culture and the Picture Postcard and is working on her next book, Imagining Russia in America: Depicting the Other—from the Tsar to the Soviets. She is president of the Canadian Association of Slavists and organizing committee co-chair for the next world congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, which will be held in Montreal in August 2020. 

This event is free and open to the public. A cash bar will be available. For more information, email Anna Tsurkan.