Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

History Corner, Room 307

“Chernobyl children” is not only a common label for the youngest victims of the nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union on 26 April 1986, but also the name that many civic organizations involved in providing help to victims use. In a broader sense, this metaphor has also been applied to social, political, and technical actors who were not directly affected by Chernobyl’s radioactive fallout, including some as far away as the United States. In this paper, I examine the interplay between those different actors from local and global perspectives, and the social and political...

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

"Between the Megaproject and the Entrepreneur: Evaluating the Development of Post-Soviet Russia's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem"
Alyssa Haerle

"Offshoring and Transnational Organized Crime: The Sochi Olympics and December 17th Scandal in Comparison"
Luke Rodeheffer

Open to all Stanford faculty, researchers, students and staff. Please RSVP by May 27.


Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Intercommunal, socio-economic, and political relations in the North Caucasus have historically revolved around access to this mountain region’s prized pasturage and scare farmland. Given the centrality of the land question in the North Caucasus, it is unsurprising that historiography on land relations in the region has been highly politicized. This presentation examines how indigenous writing on the history of land relations in the central Caucasus—a region inhabited by today’s Kabardians, Balkars, Ossetians, Ingush, and Karachai, and...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:45am - 6:00pm

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford University

An international conference organized by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University.

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 5:45pm

Annenberg Auditorium
435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University

What does 20 years mean when we are dealing with traumas of war? How do people symbolize the war, what kind of imaginary do they create when they try to make sense of what happened to them and their country, and how do they come to terms with their losses?

In the last years, I have visited both Srebrenica and St. Louis in Missouri, home of the largest community of Bosnian refugees in the US. The way these two communities deal with trauma is radically different. However, they strangely find similar dilemmas when they search for the remains of their loved ones with the help of...

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Campbell Recital Hall
471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University

George (Gia) Baghashvili, PhD, is a well-known Georgian folklorist, ethnomusicologist and cultural activist. He is General Director of the Artistic Union “Lomisi,” a Georgian creative association. In 2000, he was awarded the Georgian State Prize for the creation of the Mengrelian songs potpourri. Dr. Baghashvili also has led several folkloric television and radio programs. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications and participant of the regular Tbilisi International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony.

Dr. Baghashvili will give a presentation and will perform...

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

In the wake of annexation in 1783, Russian poets and ideologues reinvented Crimea as the “garden of the Empire.” Grigory Potemkin famously commissioned the planting of olive and citrus trees, and members of the elite relished the notion of possessing – and perhaps one day residing in – this idyllic southern landscape. In this talk I will argue that the gardens and orchards that mattered most – the properties that mattered most – in the newly annexed territory were in fact those that had been cultivated for centuries prior to the institution of Russian...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

History Corner, Room 307
450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

Please note that this lecture by Taner Akcam scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at noon in the History Corner - 200-307 has been cancelled due to illness.

Lecture by Taner Akcam, Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, History Department, Clark University.

Free and open to the public.

This event is part of a series sponsored by Stanford Global Studies that is dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Center for Clinical Sciences Research, Room 4205
269 Campus Drive, Stanford University

The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 altered the fabric of society in the post-Soviet Republics, from national identity and social structures to politics and infrastructure. Left with an outdated healthcare system and income inequities, the region experienced a dramatic decline in health outcomes: injecting drug use, prostitution, and migration surged in response to the unstable environment and contributed to the emergence of an HIV epidemic that silently permeated the region. Over the past decade, efforts to implement effective HIV prevention and treatment programs for at-risk...

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Oksenberg Conference Room, Encina Hall 3rd Floor
616 Serra Street

Karen Dawisha is the author of Putin’s Kleptocracy. Who Owns Russia? and the Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science and Director of the Havighurst Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested.

Co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and The Europe Center.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall Central, Philippines Conference Room

The traditional function of collecting intelligence was never considered to be enough for its secret service by Soviet leaders – the services had to actively take part in influencing the outcome of current political affairs.

Based on literature, memoirs of Soviet defectors and now available KGB documents the scope and machinery of Soviet influence activities abroad can be mapped. These varied from ‘active measures’, i.e. influence operations carried out by the KGB (State Security Committee) to white propaganda having in-between a wide range of other non-kinetic...

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford University

A panel discussion with:

Sona Sulukian, BA '16, Classics and Chemistry
Sabrina Papazian, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology
Herant Khatchadourian, Professor of Biology Emeritus
Stephanie Kalfayan, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Seepan Parseghian, Associate Attorney, Snell & Wilmer
Norman Naimark, Robert & Florence McDonnell Professor of E. European Studies and Fisher Family Director of Stanford Global Studies (moderator). 

Free and open to the public.


Friday, April 17, 2015 (All day) - Saturday, April 18, 2015 (All day)

Anthropology Colloquium Room (Building 50, Room 51A)
450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

This two-day conference starts with the premise that 'civility' is a normative value, a cultural practice, and a form of political life. It aims to foster discussions bringing into focus the ethical charges and political implications of attempts to act 'civilly'.  The following questions will be explored: How might one conceptualize civility and its associated concepts in new ways and/or with new histories? What are the forms practices and claims about civility that shape people's everyday interactions? Which actors have...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:15pm

Pigott Hall (Building 260, Room 113)

In his latest book, and this lecture, Professor Suny explores the question “why genocide” and explains the elements that led the Young Turks to carry out the systematic deportation and massacre of hundreds of thousands of their Armenian and Assyrian subjects.  Why did the Turkish government opt for the most drastic solution to their perceived threat from these religious minorities? Why did ordinary Turks and Kurds participate in the extermination of their neighbors?  Suny treats the Armenians, not simply as...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

History Corner, Room 002

Film screening of Arshile Gorky: Ararat directed by Atom Egoyan. There will be a brief introduction by Sabrina Papazian, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology

Free and open to the public.

This event is part of a series sponsored by Stanford Global Studies that will dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum, Stanford Global Studies, the Armenian Students Association, and The...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lathrop East Asia Library, Room 224
518 Memorial Way, Stanford University

This panel featuring Sergei Kukharenko and Dmitry Kuznetsov will examine the conceptual and soft power underpinnings of China’s rise in recent decades. Dmitry Kuznetsov will discuss the “Chinese Dream,” which is spreading rapidly on the level of both individual and mass consciousness, and is becoming a key trajectory of social thought in modern China.  Officially recognized during the 1st session of the National People’s Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in 2013, the formulation concept of the...

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 9:30am - 6:00pm

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

9:00-9:30 Coffee/Breakfast

9:30-9:50 Franco Moretti, “Opening Remarks”

9:50-12:30 Session One: Formalist Literary Analysis Then and Now

Chair: Harsha Ram

Galin Tihanov, “Shades Of Objectivity: Russian Formalism Before And After The Digital Humanities”

Ilya Kliger, “Dynamic Archeology or Distant Reading: Literary Science between Two Formalisms”

Peter Steiner, “Divergence vs....

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Dejan Sretenović, Ph.D. is curator and writer based in Belgrade. Since 2014, he has served as curator of the Center for Visual Culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Belgrade. Previously, he worked as director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Belgrade. He is lecturer of art theory and contemporary art at the School for History and Theory of Image and BK Art Academy in Belgrade.

His field of research covers Yugoslav and international avant-garde and neo-avant-garde, conceptual art, experimental film, contemporary art and visual culture....

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

History Corner, Room 002
450 Serra Mall

In summer of 1989 the last big exhibition of Yugoslav contemporary art, called “Yugoslav Documenta,” was held in Sarajevo. At the same time Slobodan Milosević rallied masses of his supporters to march to Kosovo in order to commemorate the medieval Kosovo battle and to inaugurate himself as the new leader of the Serbian nation. That year a new era began, the era of nationalism, war, ethnic cleansing, international sanctions, destruction of the economy, social disintegration and an overall decline in all aspects of everyday life in the country that was once called Yugoslavia. In...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Bechtel Conference Room, Encina Hall
616 Serra Street, Stanford University

At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders were clear about the security challenges on the Alliance’s borders. In the East, Russia’s actions threaten our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.  On the Alliance’s southeastern border, ISIL’s campaign of terror poses a threat to the stability of the Middle East and beyond.  To the south, across the Mediterranean, Libya is becoming increasingly unstable. As the Alliance continues to confront theses current and emerging threats, one thing is clear as we prepare for the 2016 Summit...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Since the Dayton Agreement (1995) all the countries belonging to the “Western Balkan’s basket” have been subjugated to the unified Western  political and economic “tool-kit” advancing the prospects of democracy, market-economy and multiculturalism. Lumping together the regional societies, it has facilitated an EU policy-making and a regional research agenda that mutes the cultural, historical, political and economic traits of the local societies and current state institutions. In an attempt to amend the conceptual silence and...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

Bechtel Conference Center, Main Hall
616 Serra Street, Stanford University

A dialogue between Slavoj Žižek and Jean-Pierre Dupuy

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 400

Top Russian universities are trying to raise the productivity of knowledge production. Following the government program, 14 among them were chosen to receive state subsidies, so that Russia fares better in different sciences and/or university rankings. But an increase in English language publications in peer-reviewed journals that was funded by the Ministry of Education and Science, is a short term measure that has an obvious, but limited effect. The next item on the reform agenda is introducing elements of shared governance in the top Russian universities....

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:30pm - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2625 Durant Avenue #2250, Berkeley, CA

This landmark series brings to light a critically important, yet little-known, realm of cinema: the wave of avant-garde films that emerged in the countries of former Yugoslavia. We've invited the Slovenian Cinematheque, the Croatian Film Association, and the Academic Film Center, Belgrade, to curate programs showcasing films from their collections. Discover an experimental film movement of extraordinary richness, inventiveness, and uncompromising political engagement.

Wednesday, March 11
7:30 PM Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

ART2, Cummings Art Building

A program of documentary films presented by Jurij Meden, Curator of Films Exhibitions, George Eastman House; former Curator of Films Exhibitions at Slovenian Cinematheque; co-founder and editor of *KINO!*, a journal of film theory and politics; filmmaker.

Screenings followed by Q&A.


Je vous salue, Sarajevo (1993, 2')
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard

Ispovijest Monstruma (“Confessions of a Monster,” 1992, 30’)
Directed by: Ademir Kenovic and Ismet Nuno Arnautalic


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 400

The successive occupations of Lithuania by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union under Stalin were accompanied by mass murder, deportations and the elimination of its large Jewish community in the Holocaust, giving the horrors of World War II a particular intensity. Moreover, the fighting continued after 1945 with the anti-Soviet insurrection, crushed through more massive deportations and forced collectivization in 1948-1951. Postwar population exchanges depleted the cities of their long established Polish communities. As the postwar reconstruction gained pace, ethnic Lithuanians from the...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9:30am - 5:30pm

Heyns Room, Faculty Club
UC Berkeley Campus

The Collapse after a Quarter Century: What Have We Learned About Communism and Democracy?

Conference schedule:

9:45 - 10:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
John Connelly, UC Berkeley
10:00 - 11:45 am


Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Please note that the date, time and location have changed.

This lecture aims to take the participants on a journey along the intricate web of Turkish-American relations. It critically examines the process, during which the relations evolved from those of strangers into an occasionally troubled, yet resilient alliance. Through the extensive use of Turkish, American and British archival documents and numerous private paper and manuscript collections, Turkish-American relations from 1800 to 1952, starting with the earliest contacts and ending with the institutionalization of the alliance after Turkey’s entry into NATO, will be analyzed. ...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

CISAC Conference Room
Encina Hall Central, 2nd Floor

Please note that the date, time and location have changed.

The Crimean crisis and developments in Ukraine has once again brought the shores of the Black Sea and debates about a resurgent Russia's flexing its muscle into the limelight. In this extremely volatile political context, this lecture aims to focus on the changing dynamics of Turkish-Russian relations, as well as the energy politics of Eurasia.  The current global political economy is characterized by the growing economic interaction of BRICS and near BRICS economies, with emerging powers increasingly exercising greater influence in their neighboring regions. The growing ties...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

This essay draws on Brezhnev’s unpublished diaries to argue that, despite the role that speech and ghost writers played in crafting Brezhnev’s public addresses and ‘autobiographical’ accounts, he believed unconditionally in peace and saw himself as its architect.  In short, Leonid Ilich nurtured the propaganda image of him as man of peace because, at heart, he was.   His diaries, I contend, make that clear.

A native of Chicago, Donald J. Raleigh graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and completed his M.A. and...

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Annenberg Auditorium

In this presentation, Donald J. Raleigh provides an overview of his book, Soviet Baby Boomers (which will be published in Russian this year by Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie), with a focus on the role Soviet families played in shaping the Baby Boomers’ worldviews; the opening up of the Soviet Union and spread of information; and the socialist system’s not living up to expectations that it created in articulating the Soviet dream.

A native of Chicago, Donald J. Raleigh graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and completed his...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Please note the venue change.

Cubberley Auditorium
485 Lasuen Mall

Film screening is followed by a dialgoue with:

Gabe Polsky, film director and

Michael McFaul, Director, Freeman Spogli Institute, Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University and former US Ambassador to Russia

About the film

From Oscar® nominated and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, RED ARMY is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports...

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

CISAC Conference Room
Encina Hall Central, 2nd Floor

A talk by Thomas de Waal about his book The Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks under the Shadow of Genocide.

Thomas de Waal is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. He is a writer and analyst on the Caucasus, Russia and the Black Sea region and the author, most recently, of Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (2015). He is also the author of The Caucasus: An Introduction (2010) and of Black Garden: Armenia and...

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Writing the Russian Empire, 1450-1801. – Professor Kollmann will discuss her recently completed manuscript entitled, “The Russian Empire, 1450-1801,” presenting the key themes around which she shaped the narrative. Construing the Russian empire as a typical Eurasian or “politics of difference” empire, she examines how the early modern Russian empire tolerated difference – ethnic, religious, linguistic – in its subject peoples and how it selectively chose when to assert empire-wide coercive force. In that light, one of Kollmann’s goals is to...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library
518 Memorial Way

A documentary screening and discussion with filmmakers Constantin Mohilnik and Yaroslav Ovsiienko

In 2014, a team of filmmakers traveled to the front lines between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists to interview soldiers, commanders, local residents and volunteers.  Their goal was to try to find out what fuels this war and what the real cost is for everybody involved.

This presentation will feature episodes from the film and provide the opportunity for interaction with the filmmakers, who share their personal experiences and...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

CREEES presents "Cinema on the Urban Edge"

Film screening of "Šmeker" (1986) followed by Q&A with Zoran Amar.

"Šmeker” and I never parted ways during the past 30 years.  At times it was very painful to keep the connection alive, but “Šmeker” was  - and still  is - my small and proud  contribution in the easily forgotten legacy of Yugoslav cinema. I left behind "my" country, family, friends and everything that was familiar to me, but I never left “Smeker” ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm



Serhiy Kvit, Rector of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and outspoken blogger on higher education reform, became Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science in March 2014.  He worked quickly with the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) to enact the Law on Higher Education, to give much greater autonomy to the country’s universities and bring Ukrainian universities into compliance with the Bologna Agreement.  The military conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas has since caused internal displacement of university scholars and students and scientific...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

105 North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

"Keepers of the Loom" tells the story of the skills and talent of the Estonian Women of the 1944 Baltic Diaspora. Fleeing the invading Russians in the fall of 1944 they passionately maintained their cultural identity through making of their folk arts, textiles, and clothing.

Leaving Estonia, often with nothing but the clothes on their back, these remarkable women brought the rich heritage of Estonian folk costumes to their new homes in the western world. This film preserves our community story and tells the broader human story through the voices of our mothers and...

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Nina Bunjevac will talk about the history of the Yugoslav comics scene dating to the 1930s, focusing on how it was transformed by the wars of the 1990s, as well as the continued cultural exchange between cartoonists and publishers throughout this period of conflict. Drawing on her professional experience in graphic storytelling, in particular her recently published book, Fatherland, as well as on the work of other graphic artists, Bunjevac will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the medium of comics in depicting historical and political themes.


Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall
424 Santa Teresa Street

About the talk…

A public presentation by Nina Bunjevac on her new book Fatherland: A Family History, the story of Bunjevac’s father and the effects of his life on his family as they immigrate from Yugoslavia to Canada, and back, in the shadow of his activities with the émigré nationalist organization “Freedom for the Serbian Fatherland.”

About the book...

Fatherland is a graphic memoir from the same school as Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, a...

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

CCSRE Conference Room, Building 360

Janice Ross will discuss the regulation of Jewish identity in 20th century Soviet Russia though the lens of ballet as an archive of cultural exile. Her talk, which includes rare archival videos and images from her research in Russia, Israel and the U.S., traces how the ballets of Yakobson (1904-1975), the leading experimental voice in mid-20th century Soviet ballet, created a rupture with Socialist Realism by embracing a modernist aesthetic and valorizing shunned images of the cultural outsider in Yakobson’s signature work, Jewish Wedding.

Yakobson was the target of highly...

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

During World War I, battles did not take place only on the front.  This was also a war of ideas. Propaganda played an enormous role during WWI.  It was in this war that modern propaganda came into existence, and the Czechoslovak resistance efficiently and frequently used it as an instrument. While propaganda of the belligerent parties was focused on their armies and population, the propaganda of Central Europeans was aimed at West European elites first and then at compatriots living abroad. Propaganda and the Czechoslovak legions were the most important instruments of the...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Understanding the causes and consequences of intergroup conflict has been the major objective of social sciences in general and social psychology in particular. To this end, a large body of socio-psychological research has contributed to the understanding of intergroup conflict and how to reduce it. However, what has been less researched is the question of post-conflict intergroup reconciliation. In addition, investigation of interventions which could facilitate restoration of intergroup relations is scarce. We know more about psychological and other barriers impeding...