Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

The Olympics, Charity, and Soviet Legacy. How social construction of disability has been building in modern Russia.

The Olympics, Charity, and Soviet Legacy


Course Schedule:

January 17 – February 16, 2023 | Tue Thu 10:10 AM – 11:30 PM EST

Language of Instruction: Russian
Course Prerequisites: Russian B2 / Equivalent or higher
Subject: HR (Human Rights)
Credits: Non-credit bearing course
Attestation: SBB Project Certificate
Course Time Zone: Eastern Time (US/NY)
Professor’s Location and Time Zone: New York, US; Eastern Time (GMT – 5) 

Course Description
By examining both modern Russian history and Soviet history focal points through Disability Studies optics the course will explore what shapes representation and perception of disability in autocratic Putin’s regime. Each session of the course is dedicated to a factor that has formed the social construct of disability. We will discuss activist practice, the Museum managers movement, the Sochi Olympics of 2014, rights violations and neglect in institutions for people with disabilities, a rise of the charity movement, etc. The class is based on workshops, discussions, and group work.