Svetlana Boym

Gillette Company Fellow - Class of Fall 2003

Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Professor of Comparative Literatures, Harvard University

American Academy Project: Other Freedom: Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Concept
Current Institution Affiliation: Harvard University
Current Location: Massachusetts

Biography

Svetlana Boym is a writer and Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard. She is the author of The Future of Nostalgia (2001) to be published in Germany in 2003, Kosmos: Remembrances of the Future (2001 with Adam Bartos), Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia (1994) and Death in Quotation Marks (1991) as well as of short stories, plays, and photographic installations. Her first novel Ninochka will come out in the Fall of 2003. She wrote extensively on politics of memory and urban memorials, contemporary art and film, and postcommunist condition and exile. Her most recent project is entitled Other Freedom. It is a broad exploration of cross-cultural understanding of the idea of freedom. Svetlana Boym is a native of Leningrad/St. Petersburg and has lived in the United States since 1981.

Photo courtesy Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office, 2007.

American Academy Project

Other Freedom: Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Concept