Supplementary Materials

Suggested resources to engage alongside I Was Never Alone or Oporniki.

Media About the Project

“What Does Anthropology Sound Like: Performance.” Anthropod. The podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. March 8, 2022.

Contemporary Russian Disability Culture

FormatDirector/AuthorTitleLinksLanguage Year Released
Feature FilmVladimir RudakPineapple Watch the documentary on YouTubeRussian2016
Feature FilmVladimir RudakTough Guys Don’t DanceWatch the documentary on YouTubeRussian2005
Feature FilmDmitriy TyurinLove With Disabilities” See the IMDB listingRussian2017
Documentary ShortVladimir RudakA New Planet: Disability in RussiaWatch the documentary on YouTubeRussian2014-15
Music VideosWhomever However Orchestra
(Оркестр Кто Как Может)
“Vladimir Rudak and the Whomever However Orchestra
(Оркестр Кто Как Может)
Watch the playlist on YouTubeRussian2010-18
Documentary ShortEkaterina Uvarova“Sergeich 10”Watch the documentary on YouTube or See the IMDB listingRussian2016
Graphic NovelVladimir Rudak (words) and Lena Uzhinova (images)“I, Elephant”Buy the book hereRussian2017
Film FestivalPerspektiva NGO (organizer)Breaking Down Barriers International Disability Film Festival in MoscowFind the website hereRussian2002

Performance Ethnography

Author TitleLinksAdditional LinksYear Published
Aimee Meredith Cox“Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship”Find the book hereMore about the author here2015
E. Patrick JohnsonSweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South”Find the book hereMore about the author here2011
Magdalena Kazubowski- HoustonStaging Strife”Find the book hereMore about the author here2010
Soyini Madison“Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and PerformanceFind the book hereMore about the author here2020

Ethnography of Contemporary Russia & Russian Disability History

AuthorTitleLinksYear Published
Anastasia Kayiatos“Sooner Speaking than Silent, Sooner Silent than Mute: Soviet Deaf Theatre and Pantomime after Stalin”
“Pantomimes of Power and Race: Can the Socialist Subaltern Speak”
Link to the article in Theatre Survey

Link to the article in Ulbandus Review
Claire ShawDeaf in the USSR: Marginality, Community, and Soviet Identity, 1917-1991Link to journal here2017
Katharine M Wieldlack & Masha Neufeld“Dangerous and Moving? Disability, Russian Popular Culture and North/Western Hegemony”Link to journal here2016
Michael Rasell & Elena Iarskaia-SmirnovaDisability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: History, Policy and Everyday Life Find the book on the publisher’s website2014
Sarah D. PhillipsDisability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist UkraineFind the book on the publisher’s website2011
Tova HöjdestrandNeeded by Nobody:  Homelessness and Humanness in Post-Socialist RussiaFind the book on the publisher’s website2009