Ania Aizman

Appointment 2018-2021
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Ania Aizman

Ania Aizman holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, both in Comparative Literature, and with a focus on Russian and Czech. At the University of Michigan, she is writing a book: “From Tolstoy to Pussy Riot: Anarchist Currents in Russian Culture.” Based on archival research and oral histories with artists, writers, and activists, it finds missing links between the nineteenth-century anarchist movements, Soviet underground cultures, and contemporary collectives. It also proposes an anarchist literary theory. Ania’s other research project focuses on contemporary theater in Russia. For this project, she conducted interviews and performance and rehearsal observations between 2014-2018. Her translations of plays by contemporary playwrights Mikhail Durnenkov, Mikhail Ugarov, and Elena Gremina were published by the Performing Arts Journal and Columbia University Press. An article exploring the anarchist aesthetics of Pussy Riot and the OBERIU was published in The Russian Review in January 2019. Ania has also written about trophy films, Russian “New Drama,” and the politics of Soviet children’s poems.

Ania is teaching introductory and advanced courses on the cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe at the University of Michigan. In her courses, she shares her love of archival and library research with students and integrates creative assignments inspired by her research topics.