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2017 Feb 27

Anthropology Colloquium: Alexei Yurchak, "Bodies of Lenin: Biochemistry of communist futures"



Tozzer 203

The Soviet communist project was organized around the figure of “Leninism” -- the discursive and material construct that consisted of Lenin’s texts and quotes, images and sculptures, and Lenin’s physical body in the Mausoleum. As the center of communist sovereignty, Leninism was constant and eternal; it was the only body of knowledge that could not be questioned or transcended within the Soviet political discourse. In practice, however, to remain the same Leninism was continuously changed and reinvented throughout the Soviet history.