Pour le centenaire de la révolution russe, Mediapart vous propose quatorze portraits de destins exceptionnels, forgés dans la tourmente d’octobre 1917.
Edited by Eugene Gogol & Franklin Dmitryev, Raya Dunayevskaya Memorial Fund
Russia: From Proletarian Revolution to State-Capitalist Counter-Revolution is a selection of writings by the Marxist-Humanist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya, which begins with an examination of Lenin’s Hegel Notebooks, his philosophic preparation for proletarian revolution, followed by a section on “What Happens After” the revolution–the first years post 1917. Analyses of Trotsky, Stalin, Bukharin, and Luxemburg are presented.
A key section is “Russia’s Transformation into Opposite: The Theory of State-Capitalism.” Opposition to Russian state-capitalism such as the 1953 East Germany Revolt and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution are described. Mao’s China as another form of state-capitalism, as well as the Sino-Soviet conflict, is discussed. The study ends with a “battle of ideas” with other analyses of the Revolution and its aftermath.
Fifth ENIUGH congress on « Ruptures, Empires and Revolutions » / Central European University (Department of History) / Corvinus University (Karl Polanyi Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy) / the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Research Centre for Humanities.
Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we will discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general. Added to that we will explore empires and imperial forms of organisation, especially in view of how they changed and ended, and which legacies they left. Violent transformations of societies, ruptures in world orders, and wars, as well as changing international relations are addressed from transnational and transregional angles.
European University at St. Petersburg, Deadline : August 15th 2017
What is the meaning of the event of the 1917 revolutions for us today? What did 1917 open and what did it block? What are its legacies and what is the relation of 1917 to the perspective from which its legacies are assessed? We would like to speak particularly of the political, social, and intellectual legacy of 1917 which has not been sufficiently pronounced in comparison to the French revolution of 1789.
Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University / “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent » (UPTAKE)
The conference will open on June 4 with a keynote address by Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan) who will speak about Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution:
The year 1917 was marked by an euphoria of popular power and democracy, a dream of utopia that soon would devolve into civil war and terror, eventuating in the nightmare of Stalinism. Trotsky wrote his famous essay “Lessons of October” in 1924 in the belief that too little was known about the October Revolution and that other countries needed their own October. We might also consider what October has taught us (and might still teach us today) about the future of democracy and socialism if we begin by seriously appreciating the ambiguous legacy of Soviet “socialism.” The question remains: how have we ended up 100 years after October in a global crisis of democracy and socialism?
Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel
Russian porcelain of the period from 1917 to 1927 reflects the dramatic changes in Russian life at the time. Wholly unique, thematically contemporary decorations are typical. Having emerged in the atmosphere of the Russian Revolution, this white gold of the 1920s was used for more than just propaganda and didactic purposes. In a period dominated by industrial design, many outstanding artists turned to this as the art form most likely to reach the broad masses. Technically superb craftsmen modelled their creations after designs by the artists. This combination yielded amazingly beautiful, never-before-seen porcelain pieces that were often only made as one-offs or in small series.
Military History Institute Prague / Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Deadline 10 July 2017
The drawn-out conflict, which without making any difference among the belligerent parties gradually dominated all the participating states and their inhabitants, succeeded in the meantime in disrupting and re-structuring of the social structures and institutions. In 1917, the degree of war exhaustion not only reached the limits of bearability, but in many cases went well beyond them. In desperate effort to defeat the war, people in hinterland as well as soldiers in the front line stepped en masse outside of the conventions for the first time, into the unpredictable and unknown realm of the revolution. That is what happened in Russia, where on one hand the double revolt took the country out of the world war, but at the cost of collaps and the following agony of a civil war. Not everywhere did the revolt against the war question the war itself and its goals; instead, it turned against the ways of its conduct, like in France, where the military mutinies almost destroyed the military readiness of her armies.
Un colloque 100 ans de la Révolution d’Octobre se déroulera à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm les 18 et 19 mai 2017. Il est organisé par Perrine Simon-Nahum (CNRS-ENS / CIEPFC – USR République des Savoirs) et Danilo Scholz (EHESS).
Université Sorbonne Paris Cité / the National University of Singapore, Deadline : 15 June 2017
Université Sorbonne Paris Cite and the National University of Singapore are pleased to announce a two-day conference on the trajectory of the Russian Revolution in Asia, broadly defined to include the Asian territories of the Russian Empire as well as Northeast, South and Southeast Asia. Scholars working in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, Russian and Asian studies, economics, cultural studies, sociology and anthropology are invited to submit proposals for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers or panels addressing this theme. The conference will include academic panels, a historiographical roundtable, and keynote speeches by leading scholars in the field of Russo-Asian history.
The European Association of History Educators / St. Petersburg Academy of In-Service Teachers’ Training / Association of teachers of History and Social Sciences
EUROCLIO – the European Association of History Educators is going to host the International Scientific and Practical conference « Revolutions in contemporary history: facts, interpretations and educational strategies » in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) from 27-28 October 2017. The conference is held in cooperation with the St. Petersburg Academy of In-Service Teachers’ Training, and the St. Petersburg Branch of All-Russian public organization “Association of teachers of History and Social Sciences”.
Besides anything else, the socialist uprising in Russia in October 1917 is an extraordinary story. The culmination of the transformative months of that year, beginning with February and the abrupt popular overthrow of tsar Nicholas II and his regime, it’s all intrigue and violence and loyalty and treachery and courage.
But what of that prevailing sense that these giant events occurred worlds away and eras ago? Since 1989 and the downfall of Stalinism, mainstream culture has consigned the revolution to the tomb and celebrated its interment – thereby concurring with the spurious claim of those sclerotic, despotic regimes draping themselves in its mantle that they represent something other than the revolution’s defeat. Are these giant events now just baleful warnings? Something else? Does the revolution even matter?
Réseau de jeunes chercheur.e.s en Histoire Culturelle, l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Москва 100 лет назад – город великих потрясений и перемен. Первая мировая война, революция 1917 года, возвращение статуса столицы, эпоха военного коммунизма, сменившаяся НЭПом, – эти события не только стали важнейшими переломными моментами в истории России, но и нашли отражение во всех сферах жизни, в том числе в городской повседневности. Выставка «Москва. Мода и Революция» наглядно демонстрирует динамику изменений в стиле одежды и в быту, которые повлекла за собой революция. Для того чтобы экспозиция была более полной, за ее основу взяли временной период 1907-1927 гг., равный десяти годам до и десяти годам после 1917 года.
Octobre 17 fut la référence politique et culturelle centrale de l’époque soviétique. Cent ans après, la société russe reste toujours profondément divisée face à son passé. Le centenaire de la révolution sera-t-il ce grand moment de réconciliation nationale souhaité par le pouvoir russe ?
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences Leof. Syggrou 136, Deadline : June 18, 2017
The October Revolution is considered to be an important event for both the Russian and world twentieth-century history. The completion of one hundred years from the events of 1917 serve as an occasion for reflection and critical reading of the past, while major questions arise about the present: Why does the Russian Revolution still concerns us? How can this event be approached today, three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall?