Seminar Series

A series of public seminars on topics in the history, culture, and politics of the Central Asia region. Primary focus is on the former Soviet Central Asian republics and the Caucasus, with some work on surrounding regions.

This series is currently inactive.

A biweekly forum for discussion of projects and works-in-progress on Central Asia and the Caucasus. Participants are expected to attend regularly. They include Harvard graduate students, faculty, and other interested scholars from the greater Boston area. Guest speakers are occasionally invited.

Features scholars who have been working in the newly-opened archives of East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Intended to shed new light on events from the Cold War era and encourage the use of archival evidence to test theories of domestic and international politics. Sponsored by the Project on Cold War Studies.

Chair: Mark Kramer

Meetings of Davis Center and University economists, often with a guest speaker.

This series is currently inactive.

Presentations on recent research by visiting scholars and members of the Center. Talks focus on domestic politics in states of the former Soviet Union.

Chairs: Timothy Colton, Alexandra Vacroux

Brings together scholars interested in early Slavic studies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives—history, literature, linguistics, and the arts.

Chair: Don Ostrowski

Concentrates on reaching a consensus on a definition of "Eurasia" and the role of Russia in its history from the eighteenth century to the present.

Chair: John LeDonne

Fellows and invited visitors will present original research in their respective areas of study in this interdisciplinary series of seminars and panel discussions.  

Please contact Donna Cardarelli, Research Programs Coordinator, for more information. 

Presentations of current research on topics relating to gender, sexuality, feminism, women's studies, in the socialist and postsocialist countries by center researchers and visiting scholars.

Chairs: Feruza Aripova, Rochelle Ruthchild, Valerie Sperling, Elizabeth Wood

Each year, the Historians’ Seminar brings a series of accomplished scholars working in the field of Russian history to the Davis Center. The seminar is intended to highlight innovative and influential research and to foster dialogue among those interested in the early modern and modern periods (to 1991). Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and Center associates are most welcome to attend.

Chair: Terry Martin

Interdisciplinary in nature and broad in scope, the seminar features presentations by scholars and authors working at various intersections of Russian/Soviet/Eurasian Studies and Jewish Studies.

The Seminar on Russian and Eurasian Jewry is a program of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry, which has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group

Chair: Maxim D. Shrayer

The events of the 2018-19 series, "Great Russian Jews that Changed the World," will be announced in September 2018.


Talks on Slavic literatures and cultures, with special emphasis this year on problems of methodology and theory, literature, and contemporary culture.

Chair: Stephanie Sandler

This workshop brings together graduate students, postdocs, and area faculty to discuss new work related to politics and economics in the post-communist (and communist) countries of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia. Visit the Workshop's home page for more information.

Chair: Rawi Abdelal. This series is currently inactive.

Presentations of recent research on a wide range of human rights issues by members of the Davis Center and invited guests.

Chair: Mark Kramer

For presentations that fall ourside our regular seminar series.

On the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, this lecture series brings to campus three internationally distinguished historians of modern art to discuss the role that artists and filmmakers played in the revolutionary reorganization of social relations in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and ’30s. How did their utopian imagination take on spatial and pictorial form? How did their work help to engender processes of emancipation and social transformation? And what role has their example played in the intersection of radical aesthetics and leftist politics ever since?

This series is offered in conjunction with the installation What about Revolution? Aesthetic Practices after 1917, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. The installation presents three new models of avant-garde aesthetic practice that developed in the wake of the revolution and includes works by El Lissitzky, Sophie Küppers, Kazimir Malevich, and Aleksandr Rodchenko. The series is organized by Maria Gough, the Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Professor of Modern Art, and co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Harvard Art Museums.

Chair: Maria Gough