Conference « 1917/2017. Revolutions, Communist Legacies and Spectres of the Future » / St-Petersburg / October 24–26 2017

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.

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Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies « The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies » / Tartu / June 4-6 2017

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?

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Malevich, Kandinsky and revolutionary porcelain : Russian masterpieces of art and white gold from 1917 to 1927 / Basel / April 22 – October 8 2017

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.

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Conference « 1917 – Revolution in War, Society in Revolution » (4th conference from the series Hobnailed Years in the Battlefields 1914–1918) / Prague / September 19-21 2017

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.

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Conference « The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution: Setting the East Ablaze? » / Singapore / November 16-17 2017

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.

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International Conference « Revolutions in contemporary history: facts, interpretations and educational strategies » / St-Petersburg / 27-28 October

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”.

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China Miéville « Why does the Russian revolution matter? » / The Guardian / 6 May 2017

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?

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(R)ÉVOLUTION : HÉRITAGE, REPRÉSENTATIONS ET EXPÉRIENCES CONTEMPORAINES / Paris / 4 Mai

Réseau de jeunes chercheur.e.s en Histoire Culturelle, l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

À l’occasion du centenaire de la Révolution russe, le Réseau de jeunes chercheur.e.s en Histoire Culturelle de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 constitué autour du séminaire d’Histoire culturelle / Circulation, réception, médiation dirigé par Svetla Moussakova consacre sa quatrième journée d’études à une réflexion autour de la (R)évolution, en tant qu’héritage culturel et en tant qu’idée ou concept. L’objectif est de s’interroger sur la Révolution russe et les expériences et perceptions contemporaines de la « Révolution » dans les sociétés européennes et méditerranéennes, dans une perspective pluridisciplinaire (Histoire, Science Politique, Linguistique) et pluridimensionnelle, abordant des questions sociales, culturelles, politiques et technologiques. »

Мода и Революция / Москва / 5 апреля — 21 мая

Музей Москвы

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.

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Korine Amacher, « L’embarrassante mémoire de la Révolution russe », La Vie des idées , 14 avril 2017.

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 ?

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Conference « Art and Ideology 100 years since the October Revolution » / Athens / November 3-4 2017

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?

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Conference « 1917-2017: Hundred Years of Russian Revolution in Art and Aesthetics » / Stockholm / October 19-21 2017

Färgfabriken, Södertörn University and Moderna Museet, Deadline :  April 24 2017.

The conference will bring together scholars and researchers from fields relating to the visual arts, cultural studies, media, and aesthetics to discuss questions about the relationship between art and Revolution in Russia.
 In October 2017 the world marks centenary of Russian Revolution. It is hard to overestimate its consequences both in Russia and worldwide, as it had influenced on further political, social and economic development globally. Revolution also affected cultural and artistic stances in Russia and in the world for many decades ahead.

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Les Révolutions russes vues de France 1917-1967

Musée de l’Histoire vivante / Montreuil /  29 avril – 31 décembre 2017

Nous avons choisi de proposer au public une exposition qui s’intéresse plus à la réception des Révolutions russes en France qu’au « récit révolutionnaire » des événements des années 1905 à 1917 et de poursuivre jusqu’en 1967 sur les anniversaires des Révolutions.

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Fitzpatrick, Sheila, « What’s Left? » London Review of Books, March 30, 2017.

Sheila Fitzpatrick reviews October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville, Verso, 358 pp, £18.99, May, ISBN 978 1 78478 280 1, The Russian Revolution 1905-1921 by Mark D. Steinberg, Oxford, 388 pp, £19.99, February, ISBN 978 0 19 922762 4, Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by S.A. Smith
Oxford, 455 pp, £25.00, January, ISBN 978 0 19 873482 6, The Russian Revolution: A New History by Sean McMeekin, Basic, 496 pp, $30.00, May, ISBN 978 0 465 03990 6, Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution by Tony Brenton, Profile, 364 pp, £25.00, June 2016, ISBN 978 1 78125 021 1

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