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Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free-Speech in the Streets

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
2:30 pm
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 4255
Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free-Speech in the Streets

Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free-Speech in the Streets

Dr. Alexis Lerner
Presidential Data Postdoctoral Fellow, Western
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
2:30PM, SSC 4255
Graffiti is an effective tool for expressing political discontent and challenging power imbalances, especially in autocratic and censored states. Dr. Alexis Lerner spent a decade walking the alleyways and underpasses of the post-Soviet region and post communist Europe, from Berlin and Minsk to Tbilisi and Vladivostok. During that time, she immersed herself in daily life, first in Moscow and then with a community of graffiti artists across the region, mapping out the graffiti districts of dozens of cities, cataloguing tens of thousands of images, and conducting longitudinal and multi-sited observations of symbols and discourse. In this talk, Dr. Lerner explains some of the trends in political and social discourse that she has observed over both space and time.

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