New East Symposium
Felix Helbing is a PhD student in Slavic Literature at the University of Pittsburgh with a background in digital advertising and video game localization. His research investigates the intersection of technology and the human body during two vastly different historical periods: early Soviet Russia and the contemporary United States. Felix is currently writing a dissertation on the philosophies of Aleksandr Bogdanov and Aleksei Gastev. The question of how technology modifies the body and its place in a labor environment is particularly relevant in today's cultural landscape, awash with wearable monitoring devices (FitBits) and behavioral conditioning apps (Noom). His additional research interests include representations of the apocalypse and its aftermath in Eastern European video games, and bioethics.