Did Ten Days Shake the World? Centenary Perspectives on the Russian Revolution

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Russian Revolution

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

8:50–9:00 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

9:00–10:45 a.m.

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”

10:45–11:00 a.m.


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?”

12:45–1:45 p.m.


1:45–3:30 p.m.

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”

3:30–3:45 p.m.


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”

6:00–7:30 p.m.

CONCERT - Music for the Masses: Soviet Composers in Search of a Revolutionary Style

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

9:00–10:45 a.m.

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”

12:30–1:15 p.m.


1:15–3:00 p.m.

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)"

3:00–3:15 p.m.


3:15–5:00 p.m.

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"

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Closing Roundtable

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.