Alex Pekov

Alex Pekov

Research Interests

  • Sephardi women writers in the Balkans and the Maghreb
  • Representations of the Shoah in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Liminal and hyphenated identities, decolonization and multilingualism
  • Genocide & gynocide, gender in writing, postmemory
  • Black Studies, queer diasporic lifeworlds
  • Colonial photography, gay male physique photography

Education

  • PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature. Doctoral thesis in progress: “Toward a Transmediterranean Genealogy: Matrilineal Legacies in Sephardi Women Writers from the Former Yugoslavia and the Maghreb."  Dissertation sponsor – Dr. Valentina Izmirlieva
  • MPhil — Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, high pass, October 2018
  • MA – Slavic and Jewish Studies – Heidelberg University, Germany, September 2015. MA thesis: "Die Darstellung des sephardischen Judentums in der Literatur des ehemaligen Jugoslawien ab dem ausgehenden 19. Jahrhundert bis zum Zweiten Weltkrieg" (The Portrayal of Sephardi Jewry in the Literature of the Former Yugoslavia from the Late 19th Century until World War II)
  • Diploma – Philosophy – Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, June 2009. Graduation with distinction (red diploma and gold medal conferred—equivalent of summa cum laude). Diploma thesis: "Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk as a Historian of Russian Philosophy"

Professional Memberships

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • AJS, American Association for Jewish Studies
  • EAJS, European Association for Jewish Studies
  • MLA, Modern Language Association
  • ASEEES, Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies

Teaching

  • Instructor, Second-Year Russian (Intermediate Russian I) - Summer 2020 (Session H in June 2020, online via Zoom)
  • Teaching Assistant for Professor Adam Leeds in 19th Century Radical Thought, Spring 2020
  • Teaching Assistant for Professor Alan Timberlake in Slavic Cultures, Fall 2019
  • Instructor, Second-Year Russian (Intermediate Russian I) - Summer 2019 (Session H in June 2019)
  • Instructor, Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
  • Instructor, Second-Year Russian (Intermediate Russian I) - Summer 2018 (Session H in June 2018)
  • Instructor, Second-Year Russian, Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Conference Presentations

  • "Yugoslav Sephardim as Jewish Other: Selected Literary Testimonies," presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in San Diego, December 18-20, 2016
  • "Bosnia - the "Land of Endemic Hatred" or a Peaceful Neighborhood? Ivo Andrić vs. Isak Samokovlija," presented at Princeton-Columbia Graduate Student Conference at Princeton, April 15, 2017
  • "A Female Voice Struggling for the Authorship of Herstory: Sonja Kleman's Testimony in Frida Filipović's Gorke trave," presented at Northeastern Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Conference (NESEEES) at NYU, April 7, 2018
  • "Nomadic Juifemmes: The Female Voices of Francophone Judaeo-Maghrebi Literature," presented at the XIth Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies in Kraków, Poland, July 15-19, 2018
  • "Mother’s Death and the Demise of the Judeo-Maghrebi Motherland in Nine Moati’s Mon enfant, ma mère and Gisèle Halimi’s Fritna," presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston, MA, December 16-18, 2018
  • "Female Archives of Sefarad in Yugoslavia: Sephardi Women’s Lifeworlds and Coming into Modernity in Gordana Kuić’s Miris kiše na Balkanu," presented at Northeastern Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Conference (NESEEES) at NYU, March 30, 2019
  • “Post-Yugoslav as Post-Traumatic: Women’s Suffering, Civil War, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian Film,” presented at CHCI-Mellon Crises of Democracy Global Humanities Institute (GHI) in Dubrovnik, Croatia, July 18, 2019
  • Thesis chapter “Exploring the Colonial Mother-land: Maternal Bodies and Daughters’ Affiliations in Maghreb-born Sephardi Francophone Women Authors,” presented at the Department of Slavic Languages, Columbia University, March 5, 2020
  • “Towards the Colonial Mother-land: Maternal Bodies and the Maghrebi Corpo-graphy in Sephardi Francophone Women Authors from the Maghreb,” presented at the panel "Cartographies of Corporeality: Transnational Narratives of the Jewish Body" of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, held online on Zoom, December 13, 2020

Languages

English, German, French, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino

Seminars & Summer School

  • July 15-24, 2019 — an early career researcher at CHCI-Mellon Crises of Democracy Global Humanities Institute (GHI) in Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • May 1-2, 2019 — Yale Annual Seminar on Modern Hebrew Literature and Jewish Literatures—“Bilingualism in Modern Hebrew Literature and Jewish Literatures”

Additional Information

  • AY 2020-2021 — Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), Columbia University
  • AY 2020-2021 — CTL Lead Teaching Fellow
  • April 2020 – a named honorary Kathryn and Shelby Davis International Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year in recognition of academic qualifications and contributions
  • October 2018 — Graduate Certificate of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), Columbia University
  • AY 2017-2018 — Columbia-Princeton Slavic Studies Graduate Conference Co-Organizer

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