CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
An international conference focusing on the global dimensions of the Russian Revolution. Leading scholars of American, European, Asian, and other national histories will join Russianists and others in an exploration of the revolution’s direct and indirect historical effects.
Registration is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes.
Friday, October 6
Panel One: Theorizing Russia's Revolution
Chair: Oleg Kharkhordin, European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP)
Artemy Magun (EUSP)—"Spontaneity and Revolution"
Bill Rosenberg (University of Michigan)—“On Narratives of Revolution and the Nature of Social Protest: Scarcity, Loss, and the Problem of Power in Revolutionary Russia”
Jan Plamper (Goldsmiths, University of London)—“Sounds of February, Smells of October: A Sensory History of the Russian Revolution”
11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Panel Two: Contextualizing Russia's Revolution
Chair: Charles Maier, Harvard University
Laura Engelstein (Yale University)—“Violence and Authority—The Place of Terror in the Russian Revolution”
John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)—“War as Revolution, 1904–1923”
Alessandro Stanziani (EHESS-CRH, Paris)—“The Global Roots of the Russian Revolution”
Boris Kolonitskii (EUSP)—“The Cultural Hegemony of the Socialists in the Russian Revolution and the Idea of the World Revolution?”
Panel Three: Revolution as the End of Empire?
Chair: Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University
Mark von Hagen (Arizona State University)—“From the Russian Revolution in Ukraine to the Ukrainian Revolution in Russia: Forgotten Wars, Forgotten Peaces, Forgotten Revolutions”
Mark Bassin (Södertörn University, Sweden)—“Revolutionary Visions of the Russian East”
Marcel Garbos (Harvard University)—“Revolution and the Fate of the Borderlands: Promethean Internationalism as an Alternative to the Bolshevik Nationalities Policy”
3:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Panel Four: Revolution as Rebirth of Nation-State?
Chair: Elizabeth Wood, MIT
Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University)—“How Russian Was the Russian Revolution?”
Serhy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria)—“The Ukrainian Revolution as an Extension of the First World War”
Mikhail Akulov (Harvard University)—“Imperial Nationalist? The Case of Hetman Skoropadsky”
Commentator: Harlow Robinson, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of History, Northeastern University
Violin: Joanna Kurkowicz
Piano: Doris Stevenson
Bass/baritone: Alexander Prokhorov
Cello: Emmanuel Feldman
Violin: Yumi Okada
Viola: Scott Woolweaver
Saturday, October 7
Panel Five: Revolution and Culture
Chair: Stephanie Sandler, Harvard University
Ilya Doronchenkov (EUSP)—“Messianism on the Service of the World Revolution. The Concept of ‘International of Arts’ 1918–21”
Kirill Tomoff (University of California – Riverside)—“From Proletarian Revolution to Soviet Cultural Empire: Music and Soviet Foreign Relations during the Early Cold War”
Michael Kunichika (Amherst College)—“Mirovaia literatura, Weltliteratur, World Literature: On a Revolutionary Program”
10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Panel Six: Gendering the Revolution
Chair: Alexis Peri, Boston University
Rochelle Ruthchild (Brandeis University)—“What's Suffrage Got to Do with It? Women and Gender in the 1917 Russian Revolutions”
Anna Temkina and Elena Zdravomyslova (EUSP)—“The Soviet Gender Contract: Born in Revolution, Stalled by Patriarchy”
Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin College)—“The Women's Revolution: The Zhenotdel, the Soviet Women's Committee, and the Global Impacts of the Woman Question”
Panel Seven: The Revolution's Global Effects I: The European Context
Chair: John Horne, Trinity College Dublin
Charles Maier (Harvard University)—“‘Pregnant with Socialism?’ The West European Impact of the Bolshevik Revolution”
William Kirby (Harvard University)—“A 'Chinese Solution' for Europe in 1989?”
Michael Geyer (University of Chicago)—"A Europe of Nations and Its Enemies (1917–1924)"
Panel Eight: The Revolution's Global Effects II
Chair: Artemy Magun, EUSP
Beverly Gage (Yale University)—“J. Edgar Hoover and the Problem of American Communism”
Padraic Kenney (Indiana University)—“What Does a Communist Do? Performing the Revolutionary in 20th-century Poland”
Yves Cohen (EHESS-CRH, Paris)—"Organization, Authority, and Hierarchies: A Worldwide Journey since October"
Chair: Terry Martin, Harvard University
Oleg Kharkhordin, EUSP
Alison Frank Johnson, Harvard University
Richard Pipes, Harvard University
Lucan Ahmad Way, University of Toronto
Cosponsored with the European University at St. Petersburg
For more information, please call 617-495-4037.