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Alex Averbuch
PhD Student

Email: alex.averbuch@mail.utoronto.ca

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Commodity culture; queer, feminist, and critical race theory; Russian and Ukrainian modernisms; eighteenth-century Russian literature and its reception in nineteenth- and twentieth-century and contemporary literature; Jewish studies; contemporary Russian, Ukrainian, and Hebrew literature; translation.


EDUCATION
Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures & Jewish Studies, the University of Toronto, 2015- present

M.A. (Summa Cum Laude) - German, Russian & East European Studies - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2014

B.A. - Hebrew Literature, Comparative Literature and Communication - Tel Aviv University, 2011


ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Second Language Teaching Certificate Program, University of Toronto, 2015


PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
"Orientalism and Homoerotic Desire in the Poetry of a Ukrainian Modernist: Ahatanhel Kryms'kyi in Lebanon,” Slavic and East European Journal 62-2 (2018): 318-338.

“Neizvestnye stikhotvoreniia Vasiliia Rubana” [Unknown poems of Vasilii Ruban],  ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies  5 (2017): 103-142.

“Pasternak i Derzhavin: poetika byta” [Pasternak and Derzhavin: The Poetics of the Everyday],  Russian Literature85 (2016): 1-22 (included into the editorial selection of 6 influential articles on Pasternak published in  Russian Literature)


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION – PRESENTER 
“I Pay in Verse Cash: The Mercantile Muse in 18th-Century Russia,” AATSEEL, New Orleans, LA, February 2019.

"Orientalizing Femininity: Notions of Impurity in Ukrainian Modernist Literature," ASEEES, Boston, December 2018.

“Wondrous Accounts of the Mundane in Eighteenth-Century Russian Poetry,” The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, October 2018.  

“Poetry as Self-Promotion: the Author and his Patrons in Vasilii Ruban's Manusctipts”, X International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, Strasbourg, 6 July 2018.

“Feminine Evil in Natalia Livyts ' ka-Kholodna's Poetry,” Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference, Regina, SK, 26 May 2018.

“Literary Revisionism: Modern Perceptions of the 18th-Century Poetic Tradition,” Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies, the University of Toronto, Toronto, 18 April 2018.

"Orientalism and Homoeroticism in Ukrainian Modernist Poetry: Ahatanhel Kryms'kyi in Lebanon", AATSEEL, Washington, DC, February 2018.

“Poetic Memory and Anti-Memory: Vasilii Kapnist in Gali-Dana Singer’s Poetry”, ASEEES, Chicago, 9 November 2017.

“Poetry as Currency: Economic Relationships in 18 Century Russian Literature”, Canadian Association of Slavists, Toronto, 28 May 2017.

“Exploration of the everyday in the works of Pasternak and Derzhavin”, AATSEEL, San Francisco, February 2017.

“Jews here, Jews there: Jewish theme in Derzhavin’s public writings and poetry”, ASEEES, Washington DC, 20 November 2016.

“Between Ukrainianess and Imperiality: The Case of Vasilii Ruban (1742-1795)”, Identity and Cooperation, International Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies, the University of Toronto, Toronto, 16 April 2016.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION – DISCUSSANT
“Capturing the Muse: Inspiration and Authority in Eighteenth ‑Century Russian Culture,” AATSEEL, Washington, DC, February 2018.

“The Literature of Facts: a Documentary Approach in Contemporary Russian Literature”, Canadian Association of Slavists, Toronto, 27 May 2017.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION – PANEL, ROUNDTABLE ORGANIZER 
“Finances, Politics, and Science: Unconventional Uses of Poetry in 18th-Century Russia”, AATSEEL, New Orleans, LA, February 2019.

“Gender Performances in Ukrainian Modernist Literature,” ASEEES, Boston, December 2018.

 “Awe and Wonder in Eighteenth-Century East-Slavic Poetry,” The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, October 2018.  

"Colonial Fantasies: Sexuality, Orientalism, and Travel in Ukrainian and Russian Modernism", AATSEEL, Washington, DC, February 2018.

“Capturing the Muse: Inspiration and Authority in Eighteenth ‑Century Russian Culture,” AATSEEL, Washington, DC, February 2018.

“Thinking Eighteenth Century: Between Repulsion and Attraction”, ASEEES, Chicago, 9 November 2017.

“Breaking the Sequence: the Links between 18th and 21th Centuries in Russian Literature”, ASEEES, Chicago, 9 November 2017.

“Commodified Inspiration: Writing for Hire in the 18th Century Russian Literature”, Canadian Association of Slavists, Toronto, 28 May 2017.

“The Literature of Facts: a Documentary Approach in Contemporary Russian Literature”, Canadian Association of Slavists, Toronto, 27 May 2017.

“Over a hundred years' abyss: links between 18th and 20th centuries in Russian literature”, AATSEEL, San Francisco, February 2017.


LANGUAGES
Russian
Ukrainian
Hebrew
English
German
French


SERVICE
Graduate Student Representative Member of the Canadian Association of Slavists Executive Board (2018-2019)

Organizer of the International Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies “Identity and Cooperation”, the University of Toronto, 15-16 April 2016.

President of the Association of Slavic Graduate Students, University of Toronto (2016-present)


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)

Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies (CAUS)

The Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia (SGECR)

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)


ORIGINAL CREATIVE WRITING


POETRY BOOKS
Vstrechnyi svet . Moskva: ARGO-RISK, 2009.

Svidetel ' stvo chetvertogo litsa . Moskva: NLO, 2017.

 
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