The Russian History Seminar events take place on selected Friday afternoons, 5-6:30 pm, Georgetown University ICC 662 (unless otherwise advertised). All discussions are based on article-length texts pre-circulated one to two weeks in advance. Please contact Prof. Michael David-Fox for more information. If you would like to be added to the seminar's email list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available on the official blog for this series.
The Russian History Seminar Series also includes the annual Jacques Rossi Memorial Fund Seminar. Click here for more information about the Jacques Rossi Memorial Fund for Gulag Research.
Fall Semester 2018
September 14 - Kevin F. M. Platt (University of Pennsylvania). "Commemorating the Imperial Past in Post-Soviet Latvia: Between Occupation and Colonization"
October 5 - Sergei Antonov (Yale University), at 228 Battelle-Tompkins Hall, American University. Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia: Debt, Property, and the Law in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. No pre-cirulated paper.
November 9 - Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan). "Red Flag Wounded: Historians, Stalinism, and the Soviet Experience." No pre-circulated paper.
November 30 - Alexei Yurchak (University of California, Berkeley). "Laboratory of the Future: Lenin's Body between Biochemistry and Art"
Spring Semester 2018
February 1 - Alison Smith (University of Toronto). "The Lived Experience of Autocracy in Tsarist Russia"
February 22-23 - New York University. Third Annual East Coast Russian History and Culture Graduate Student Conference
March 22 - Diana Dumitru (Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University, Moldova). "From Holocaust to GULAG: The Stalinist Penal System and Soviet Jews after WWII." Sponsored by the Jacques Rossi Fund for Gulag Research
April 5 - Erika Monahan (University of New Mexico). "Commerce, Cartography, and the Early Modern Volga"
April 26 - Faith Hillis (American University), at 228 Battelle-Tompkins Hall, American University. "Russian Emigre Culture and the Birth of Bolshevism"
Fall Semester 2017
September 8. Susan Morrissey, University of California, Irvine. “A ‘Thirst for Vengeance’: Terrorism and Emotion in Revolutionary Russia”
October 13. Location: Mortara Center. Book Launch Symposium: The Soviet Gulag: Evidence, Interpretation, and Comparison. Sponsored by the Jacques Rossi Fund for Gulag Research and CERES. Golfo Alexopoulos (University of Florida); Steven Barnes (George Mason University); Daniel Beer, Royal Holloway, University of London; Wilson Bell (Thompson Rivers University, Canada); Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University); Aidan Forth (Loyola University Chicago); David Shearer (University of Delaware) **Immediately followed by a reception**
November 3. Anton Fedyashin, American University. “Yulian Semyonov: The Conformist Dissident and the Soviet Power Ministries”
December 1. Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg. “Reassembling History and Anthropology in Post-Soviet Russian Anthropology”
December 11-13 at Higher School of Economics, Moscow. International Forum for Young Scholars of Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Culture. PhD candidates and post-2013 PhDs apply by Sept. 15 to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Semester 2018
January 26. Stuart Finkel, University of Florida. "‘A Great Many Will be Glad to Help’: The Transnational Dimensions of Appeals on Behalf of Russian and Soviet Political Prisoners and Exiles"
February 9. Christine Worobec, Northern Illinois University. “Late Imperial Russian Witchcraft Cases in a European Context”
Feb. 23-24 at Princeton University. Second Annual East Coast Russian History and Culture Graduate Student Conference. PhD candidates and recent PhDs contact email@example.com.
March 23. Third Richard Stites Memorial Lecture. Hubertus Jahn, University of Cambridge (UK). Location: Healy 104. “Functions, Feasts, and the Aesthetics of Empire: Russian Tsars Travelling in the Caucasus in the Long Nineteenth Century”
April 20. Stephen Riegg, Texas A&M University. “The Viability of Imperial Rule in the Caucasus: Viceroy I. Vorontsov-Dashkov and Armenians, 1905-15”
May 4. Krista Goff, University of Miami. “Ingilo, Yengiloy, Georgian, Georgian-Ingilo, Azeri: The Politics of Naming and Groupness”
Sean Gillen, Georgetown University
“The Service Myth of the Petrine Reforms”
Vojin Mastorovic, USHMM/University of Toronto
“The Red Army and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Balkans, and Central Europe, 1943-1945”
Brian Boeck, DePaul University
“A Forgery, a Dynastic Fertility Crisis and the Evils of Ivan IV”
Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania
“To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause: A History of the Soviet Dissident Movement”
Curtis Murphy, Georgetown University
“The Lord's Justice: Blood Libel and Adultery in an Eighteenth-Century Private Town”
“The Russian Revolution: A Centennial Symposium”
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.
Panelists: Sarah Cameron (University of Maryland), Michael David-Fox (Georgetown), Evgeny Finkel (George Washington), Peter Holquist (U Penn), Eric Lohr (American), and Ekaterina Pravilova (Princeton).
Location: Mortara Center Conference Room, 3600 N Street, NW (corner of 36th and N), Washington, DC 20057
Time: 5:15-7:00 pm, to be followed by a reception
Steven Barnes, George Mason University
“Gulag Wives: Women, Family, and Survival in Stalin’s Terror”
March 24 & 25
In Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania campus. The debut of the new, rotating East Coast kruzhok, featuring new work from PhD candidates and recent PhDs, with faculty commentators from Georgetown, Penn, Columbia, and Princeton
Michael D. Gordin, Princeton University
“The Forgetting and Rediscovery of Soviet Machine Translation”
ASEEES in Washington, DC, November 17-20, 2016
Southern Slavic Conference in Alexandria, April 6-8, 2017
September 4 NB: 4 pm
Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen
“On Unions: The Polish-Lithuanian Union (1385 –1795) and Composite States in Early Modern Europe,” a talk (no paper) co-sponsored with the Early Modern Seminar
Igor Fediukin, Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
“The Projecteurs: The Enterprise of the Early Modern School in Russia”
September 25, NB: 4 pm. Mortara Center Conference Room (3600 N Street, N.W.)
Second Richard Stites Memorial Lecture
Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan. “Six Million Jews in Peril: The Pogroms of 1919 in Ukraine.” Reception to follow.
Watch the the lecture: “Six Million Jews in Peril: The Pogroms of 1919 in Ukraine.”
Oksana Kornilova, Memorial “Katyn,” Smolensk Oblast
“Гулаг от Москвы до Минска: строительство первой автомагистрали (1930-е гг.)” [The Gulag from Moscow to Minsk: The Construction of the First Soviet Highway in the 1930s]
Co-sponsored by the Jacques Rossi Gulag Research Fund
Willard Sunderland, University of Cincinnati
"The Imperial Emancipations: Abolition and Empire in Tsarist Russia"
December 4, ICC 462
Mikail Mamedov, Independent Scholar in Washington D.C., PhD Georgetown University 2010
"Reading Akram Aylisli's Stone Dreams on the 100th Anniversary of the Great Catastrophe"
John Randolph, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
“Peter and the Post: Empire and Communication in Russia's Eighteenth Century"
Barbara Skinner, Indiana State University
"In the Orthodox Fold: Conversion and Culture in Russia's Western Borderlands, 1800-1855"
"Ottomans in Russia: The Eighteenth-Century Embassies to the Russian Court"
Stephen Kotkin, Princeton University
Selection from “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler” (the forthcoming vol. 2 of Stalin)
NB: This paper cannot be distributed electronically; instructions for receiving a hard copy will be emailed.
Andy Jenks, California Long Beach
“Hot Tubs, Hippies, and Space Cadets: Cold War Passages into Inner and Outer Space”
Timothy Snyder, Yale University
"Double Occupation", a draft chapter from his forthcoming book Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning.
October 31 and November 1
International Workshop: Occupations and Liberations in World War II: New Research on the Soviet Experience
Eric Lohr, American University, with Mustafa Aksakal, Georgetown University, as respondent.
"Confiscation & Violence: A Comparison of Ottoman & Russian Economic Persecution in WWI"
Mikhail Dolbilov, University of Maryland
"Loyalty and Emotion in Nineteenth-Century Russian Imperial Politics"
Masha Kirasirova, NYU Abu Dhabi
"The Eastern International: the 'Domestic East' and the 'Foreign East' in Soviet Arab Relations, 1917-1968"
Nicole Eaton, Kennan Institute/Wesleyan
“Between Rehabilitation and Revenge: The Fate of Kaliningrad’s Germans, 1945-1948”
Bob Geraci, University of Virginia
“Imperial Bazaar: Ethno-National Dimensions of Commerce in Russian Eurasia”
Borislav Chernev, American University
"National Statehood in Eastern Europe: Ukrainization and Its Contradictions in the Context of the Brest-Litovsk System, 1917-1918"
Paul Bushkovitch, Yale University
"Change and Culture in Early Modern Russia"
Thursday, November 7
First Richard Stites Memorial Lecture
Alfred J. Rieber, Central European University
“The Struggle over the Eurasian Borderlands: La longue durée”
Anne O’Donnell, Harvard University
“Revolutionary Value: Money and Things in Socialist Russia, 1917-1922”
Matthew Romaniello, University of Hawai'i
"Seeding the Habit: Tobacco in the Reigns of Anna Ivanovna and Elizaveta Petrovna"
Don Ostrowski, Harvard University
“Principles of Misattribution: The Kurbskii and Shakespeare Authorship Controversies Compared”
David Brandenberger, University of Richmond
“Stalin, the Short Course, and the Rewriting of the Soviet Experience”
April 11 and 12
International Conference: "Second World Urbanity: Between Capitalist and Communist Utopias"
Organized by Daria Bocharnikova (European University Institute, Florence Italy, and St. Petersburg State University) and Steven E. Harris (University of Mary Washington).
Four panels, each with three papers, will explore the theme of "foundations" in the history of socialist cities' conceptualization, planning, and construction.
Detailed scheduling to follow.
Sabine Dullin, Université de Lille 3
“USSR at the Border, 1920-1940: The Politics, Imaginaire, and Everyday Life of a New State”
Mayhill Fowler, University of Toronto
"The Turbins in Moscow: Center-Periphery Dynamics in Soviet Culture"
Alexander Martin, University of Notre Dame
"Constructing a New Life in an Age of Revolution: The German-Russian Odyssey of the Actor, Freemason, Merchant, and Pastor J.A. Rosenstrauch, 1768-1835"
Steve Bittner, Sonoma State University
"American Roots, European Varietals, Russian Science: The Great Wine Blight in Bessarabia"
Katerina Clark, Yale University
"Soviet-Indian Cultural Relations and India in the Soviet Cultural Imagination, 1920s and 1930s"
Peter Holquist, University of Pennsylvania
"Fedor Martens, 1845-1909, and the Crystallization of international law in Imperial Russia
Jeffrey Brooks, Johns Hopkins University
"The Early Chekhov: Master of Popular Realism"
Robert Geraci, University of Virginia
Discusses his book Imperial Bazaar: Ethno-National Dimensions of Commerce in Russian Eurasia
Galin Tihanov, School of Languages Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London
"Thinking World Literature: Stalinism Into the Thaw and Early Stagnation"
Catriona Kelly, New College, Oxford University
"St. Petersburg: Shadows of the Past"
Adrienne Edgar, University of California Santa Barbara
"Ethnos, Nationality, and the Soviet People: Intermarriage in Brezhnev-Era Central Asia"
Mie Nakachi, Hokkaido University
"Replacing the Dead: The Politics of Reproduction and Demography in the Postwar Soviet Union"
Valerie Kivelson, University of Michigan
"Mapping Magic: The Sites of Witchcraft in 17th century Russia"
Golfo Alexopoulos, University of Southern Florida
"Rethinking the ‘Sewage-Disposal System’: Health Care in Stalin's Gulag.”
Tarik Amar, Columbia University
"Different but the Same, or the Same but Different: The Re-Making of Public Memory in Post-Soviet Lviv"
David Goldfrank, Georgetown University
"Litigious, Pedagogical, Redemptive, Deadly: Iosef Volotskii's Calculated Insults"
Jeffrey Veidlinger, Indiana University
"In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Jewish Memory in Eastern Europe"
Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University, Sarah Fainberg, Georgetown University, and Celine Marange
"The Dark Side of the Friendship of Peoples"
Sarah Cameron, research scholar at Kennan Institute
Draft chapter from The Hungry Steppe: Mass Violence, Famine & Making of Soviet Kazakhstan.
"Capitalism Came to Russia: 19th Century Petersburg as the Crucible of New Developments"
"Korikos, the Crown Prince of Armenia, or, the Story of an Impostor"