"Although obshchenie is an old cultural practice in Russia, during late socialism it became particularly intense and ubiquitous....and emerged as a new 'cult'."
* "[The] term has no adequate equivalent in English.... It is different from just 'hanging out' with friends, as used in the United States, because it involves an intense and intimate commonality and intersubjectivity, not just spending time in the company of others." (Alexei Yurchak, Everything was forever, until it was no more : the last Soviet generation, Princeton University Press, 2006)
We are here to share with our friends and significant others the enigmas of our Russian soul, shaped by an unprecedented social experiment in the long-extinct country of victorious socialism.
Everybody knows what Russian ballet or vodka are, but do you want to get a taste of what an informal intellectual social gathering would be?
We want to create a space, a circle open to all friends of Russian high culture and spirituality, regardless of their knowledge of the language.
Let us look together at the writers, philosophers, and movie directors who shaped our view of life under the regime of suppression and concealment that we were struggling to break through.
Please join us if you are interested in obshchenie.