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language, modernity, skill and embodiment, anthropology of sport, leisure and pleasure, media and technology, material culture and design, everyday life, history of linguistics, post-Soviet studies, Georgia, Russia and Eurasia

short bio:
Perry Sherouse is trained as a linguistic and cultural anthropologist. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Brown University, Princeton University, Oberlin College, and the University of Michigan. His research is geographically based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Despite the decline of Russian language use in Tbilisi since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian remains influential as a language of technical skill and interethnic communication. In auto repair shops, weightlifting training halls, cell phone retail kiosks, and movie theaters, many Georgians rationalize using Russian language in preference to Georgian language with evaluative terms such as “quality,” “ease,” and “comfort.” He is working on a book manuscript on this topic, titled Russian Residues: Language and Power in Post-Soviet Georgia.