In Memoriam: Professor Svetlana Boym

August 5, 2015
In Memoriam: Professor Svetlana Boym

It is with the greatest sadness and regret that we write to announce that our dear colleague Professor Svetlana Boym passed away in the morning of August 5th, 2015. It is very hard to imagine that someone of her extraordinary vitality could be taken from us, still in the middle of a range of creative scholarly and artistic projects; it will take time even to begin to assimilate this loss.

The funeral was held at 10:00am on Friday, August 7th at the Levine Chapels, at 470 Harvard Street in Brookline.

Svetlana Boym Memorial, 10.27.15:

Family, friends, and colleagues gathered on campus at Harvard University on October 27, 2015 to hold a memorial service for Professor Svetlana Boym, Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature.

The evening included tributes in various forms: personal remembrances, readings from Svetlana's written work, an excerpt of Maria Zervos's short film "Cryptogamy" highlighting Svetlana's visual art, and musical performances by Luis M. Girón Negrón. The program of events is linked at the bottom of this page and a video of the memorial is below.

Svetlana Boym Memorial Video

Svetlana Boym Memorial, 3.16.16:
Here is also a video of the Memorial at the ACLA Conference on March 16, 2016.

Here are a few recent tributes to Svetlana, written by her colleagues and friends:Svetlana Boym

"In Memoriam: Professor Svetlana Boym," published by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

"Svetlana Boym (1959 - 2015)" by Giuliana Bruno, published in Art Forum

"Svetlana Boym, at 56; Harvard professor, author, essayist, photographer, and filmmaker" by Bryan Marquard, published in The Boston Globe

"Postcript: Svetlana Boym, 1959–2015" by Masha Gessen, published in The New Yorker

"A Walk With(out) Svetlana" by Cristina Vatulescu, published by the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

"In Memoriam: Svetlana Boym" by Sasha Senderovich, published in Tablet Magazine

"Svetlana Boym, 56, Scholar of Myth and Memory, Dies" by Margalit Fox, published in The New York Times

"Svetlana Boym, 1959 - 2015" by John Morgan, published in Times Higher Education

"Svetlana Boym, Professor Whose Work 'Transformed', Dies at 56" by Jalin P. Cunningham, published in The Harvard Crimson

For more information about Professor Svetlana Boym, please see her personal website. 

Svetlana Boym

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