Article “My Pravoslavnye: Russkii rok, Orthodoxy and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia” published

An area I have been thinking about for a long time is the relationship between music and religion in Russia. I have touched on this in my research before, but not explicitly focused on it. When Andreas Häger contacted me about writing an article for a planned book on popular music and religion in 2015 […]

My summer hit musings

A couple of weeks ago I was interview by Clemens Panagl from the Salzburger Nachrichten on why songs from the non Anglo-US-American musical world suddenly become summer hits. The resulting article titled “Dein Sommerhit, das unbekannte Wesen” was published on July 7th and included some of my musings on what makes a (summer)hit. I managed […]

Article “Ukro-Ska-Punk” finally published

Finally my article “‘Ukro-Ska-Punk’ – Band Identity, Surzhik and Language in Post-Soviet Russia” on Svoboda’s use of surzhik and Ukrainian stereotypes in St. Petersburg has been published – my first foray into linguistics. 😉 After the editor of the first book project this article was supposed to appear in disappeared the article found a welcome new […]

Liberty view of Manhattan

A view of the south tip of Manhattan from the Statue of Liberty. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 16mm 2.8. More pictures from my autumn trip to New York can be seen here:

Dresden mailbox

Continuing the mailbox picture series this mailbox was spotted in Dresden. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 50mm 1.8. Here are some more pictures from Dresden: Dresden

November sunflower

This year must have been way too warm – I passed by a sunflower in full blossom today across the street from my apartment… Taken with my Fuji x100t

Halloween pumpkins

Walking through Manhattan last Saturday I saw a lot of pumpkins with nice carvings ready for Halloween – like these. Taken with my Fuji x100t.

Warhol’s banana

During our visit to see the cherry blossoms in Schwetzingen we passed by Andy Warhol’s banana used on the Velvet Underground’s debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico”. Taken with my Fuji x100t.

Prairie dog

The Wuhlheide has a small zoo with an outdoor prairie dog terrarium. This prairie dog was admiring his/her painted equivalent. Taken with my D700 and 85mm 1.4.

Eurovision Park Contest

Vienna is gearing up for the Eurovision Song Contest – so much that they also created a Eurovision Park Contest. 😉 Taken with my Fuji x100t.