Monthly Archives: July 2011

Alex McGrath/Gazprom Tower – “Site” of Memory (July 28)

  When I chose the topic of my research way back in February I had no idea where the project would take me. Admittedly, I picked this project almost on a whim. I read one article, was curious, and the due … Continue reading

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Caitlin Oakley/My Research on Mikhail Chemiakin’s Statue of Peter the Great (July 26)

The memory site I’m examining in St. Petersburg, is Mikhail Chemiakin’s monument to Peter the Great. The statue opened to the public inside the Peter and Paul Fortress (Peter’s creation and the former prison known as the Russian Bastille) in … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home (July 27)

Today we are all putting on our Dorothy’s shoes and tap our heels together three times. Wish us a safe trip home 🙂

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Saying Good Bye to Our Russian Collaborators (July 26)

Our research projects would not be even remotely successful without our collaborators from the School of Journalism: Tamara Dedikova, Masha Nefedova, Arina Malikova, and Anastasia Vasilyeva.  At our farewell dinner we thanked them for their great job!  We will stay … Continue reading

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We Start Our Journey Back Home (July 25)

Our Program in Russia is almost over.  William and Mary students did a lot of work in classes, during numerous field trips and most importantly pursuing their independent inquiries.  Each of them worked on her own research project.  As part of their research project they are writing a paper and making a documentary (it will be ready in November).

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Sophie Kosar/St. Petersburg: Russia’s Window to the West (July 24)

The focus of my research here in St. Petersburg is the city’s new Marine Façade, an urban development project taking place on the westernmost edge of Vasilievsky Island. As with any substantial development project, especially one being built in such … Continue reading

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William Lahue/Communities of The Smolensky Cemetery (July 23)

I chose for my research project  Smolensky cemetery on Vasilyevsky Island, the oldest continuously operating cemetery of St. Petersburg.    Researching Smolensky cemetery has been both a privilege and a pleasure. Specifically I focused on the cemetery as a common place … Continue reading

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We Saw St. Petersburg the Way Peter the Great Wanted Us to See His Capital (July 23)

Peter the Great did not allow to build the bridges in St. Petersburg because he wanted everyone to use ships and boats and thus develop shipbuilding in the new Russian capital.  He also ordered his architects to focus on building … Continue reading

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How to say “vegan” in Russian? (July 22)

Russians struggle to overcome their Soviet past in many areas, and the atrocious “Soviet cuisine” is one of the indispensable components of this haunting past.  Arguably, three major ingredients of the Red cuisine are mayonnaise, spam, and cheap alcohol.  With … Continue reading

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Monika Bernotas/Pushkinskaya-10: Impressions and Interviews (July 21)

After five weeks in St. Petersburg, adventure after adventure, and lots of lessons learned, I feel like I’m on my way to having an absolutely awesome research project (not that I wasn’t on my way before I got here). When … Continue reading

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