Vasilina Orlova (Василина Орлова)
Vasilina Orlova is a visual and multimedia anthropologist. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Kandidat of Philosophical Sciences in philosophy from Moscow State University (2013). She has published a number of books of prose and poetry in Russian. Born in the settlement of Dunay in the Russian Far East in 1979, Orlova has lived in Moscow, London, and is now based in Austin, Texas. She is working on affects of infrastructure and mobility in Siberia. Her interests include pleasure, power, and violence. She has published “Ryzyka: Curated Conversation” in Cultural Anthropology in co-authorship with Craig Campbell, Irina Oktyabrskaya, and Valery Klamm (2016) and a number of other works in English (in The End of Austin, Texas Linguistics Forum, literary journals). She is a member of American Anthropological Association and Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and a referee for Cultural Anthropology journal. Her writings have been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch, Turkish, Bulgarian, English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
Debris and Ruination, Trash, Worn-Out Infrastructure and Its Affects, Mundane, Violence, Emerging and Fading Out, Nostalgia, Vertigo, City, the Figure of Flâneur, Hydroelectric Plants.
Areas of Study
Russia, in particular, Siberia; Ukraine; the United States of America.
2016 “Ryzyka: A Curated Conversation” Visual Essay. Cultural Anthropology. In co-authorship with Irina Oktiabrskaya, Valery Klamm, and Craig Campbell
2016 “Writer’s Change of Language: Nabokov and Others.” Texas Linguistics Forum, 59: 90-99. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Symposium about Language and Society-Austin, April 15-16.
Grants and Awards
Presentations and Talks
2017 “Summoning the Past: Contestations of Matter, Space, and Time in the Reproduction of State Power” panel. Organizer, together with Rick Smith; presenter. American Anthropological Association Meeting, 29 November-3 December. Washington D.C.
2017 “Multiple Feminisms” stream (6 panels). Organizer, together with Olga Breininger; presenter. Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Meeting, 9-12 November, Chicago.
2016 “Affect and the Materiality of Ruins: Radioactive Subjects, Contested Futures, and Evidence of Lost Worlds.” Organizer, together with Madgalena Stawkowski and Kelly Alexander. Presenter, Chair. 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November 17. Minneapolis.
2017 “Life and Death in a Siberian Village.” Writing with Light: Re-Imagining the Anthropological Photo Essay, Session I: Archives and Materialities Roundtable. American Anthropological Association Meeting. December 2. Washington D.C.
2017 “In Proximity of Ruins: Haunted Space and the Mutant Fantasy.” Summoning the Past: Contestations of Matter, Space, and Time in the Reproduction of State Power Panel. American Anthropological Association Meeting. December 1. Washington D.C.
2017 “Triggering Political Affect: Generating Identities.” Presentation. Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Meeting. November 11, Chicago.
2017 “Robot: a Figure of the Future or Nostalgic Object?” Presentation. XII Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia, Izhevsk, 3-6 July.
2017 “In Proximity of Ruins: The Generative Potential of the Deteriorating Space and Utopian Visions.” Presentation. New Directions in Anthropology Conference. UT. April 8.
2017 “Everyday Life, Geoengineering, and the Industrial Spectacle in Soviet Siberia.” Presentation. American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages annual meeting, San Francisco, February 4.
2016 “Archeology of the Robotics: Remnants of Soviet Robots.“ Presentation. November 19th. 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2016 “Robot as a Subject (Object) of Ethnographic Study.“ Lecture. October 14. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. The University of Texas at Austin [Video]
2016 “Russian Literature on Bratsk Dam: the Human in People-Altered Landscapes of Soviet Industrialization.” Presentation. September 25. “The Extra-Human” 13th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature. The University of Texas at Austin [Audio]
2016 “Russia, USA, and the Islamic World: Multiplicity of Feminisms.” Talk. Feminist Society ONA (“She”). Moscow, August 14 [Audio; in Russian]
2016 “Writer’s Change of Language: Nabokov and Others.”Symposium on Language and Society. The University of Texas at Austin, April 15
2016 “ISIS: Use of Atrocity in State Formation.” Lecture, Expressive Culture. The University of Texas at Austin, April, 6
2016 “ISIS: Active Ruination and Performativity of Public Execution.” Presentation. New Directions in Anthropology Conference, the University of Texas at Austin, April 1
2016 “Late Soviet Childhood.”Futures and Ruins Workshop at Duke University, March 25
2016 “Pussy Riot: The Contest of Performances and Political Affect.” Presentation. Utopia and Reality: Latin America Confronting Globalization. Gender and Feminisms. University of Texas at Austin, March 3
2015 “On Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology: Production of Ethnography Through Observation, Recollection, and, Occasionally, Forgetting.” Talk. Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas at Austin, October 21
2015 “Debris of Utopia: Reflection on Ruination in the USSR and Post-Soviet Spaces.” Presentation. New Directions in Anthropology Conference, the University of Texas at Austin, March 27-28
2014 Russian Language in the New World. Talk. Society for Social and Religious Studies, Moscow, Russia.
2013 “Кит Сибирь” (ethnographic notes)
2012 New Reformation: a Fate of the Russian Orthodox Church in the XXI Century. Talk. Society for Social and Religious Studies, Moscow, Russia. (via Skype).
2012 Pussy Riot and the Russian Orthodox Church. Society for Social and Religious Studies, Moscow, Russia.
2008 Author’s Presentation. Moscow International Book Fair, Moscow, Russia.
2007 “Russian Language in the Developing World.” Russia — India: Dialog of Civilizations in the Globalization Context, Delhi, India.
2005. Author’s Presentation. Moscow International Book Fair, Moscow, Russia.
2004 Author’s Presentation. Moscow International Book Fair, Moscow, Russia.
2003 “The Density of the Text.” Lomonosov-2003 Conference, section “Philosophy, Cultural and Religious Studies”, Moscow, Russia.