Poetry and Politics in the 20th Century: Boris Pasternak, His Family, and His Novel Doctor Zhivago

September 28 (Mon) - 9:00am - October 2 (Fri) - 5:00pm

Oak Room, Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive

For conference agenda and information see event website:https://dlcl.stanford.edu/events/poetry-and-politics-20th

CREEES Summer Grant Recipient Presentations

October 2 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Schedule to be announced.

Open to Stanford affiliates

Photographs of Prague, August 1968

October 7 (Wed) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Martina Winkler, Director of the Institute of History, University of Bremen

Reuben Hills Conference Room
Encina Hall East (Second floor)

During the seven days in late August 1968, when Czechoslovakia was occupied by troops from five countries of the Warsaw Pact, ten-, perhaps hundreds of thousands of photographs were taken. Many of the images have been published and exhibited, by they have never been analysed in any systematic way so far. They are, however, definitely worth to be examinated carefully - as images that mirror not only pain and terror, but also the ways how Czech and Slovak photographers claimed a position in the global humanitarian discourse.

Jiří Haleš

Vysotsky in English

October 8 (Thu) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

with Vadim Astrakhan, Translator and Musician

Levinthal Hall
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street

"Vysotsky in English" is a project of translator and performer Vadim Astrakhan.  He crafts English translations of Russia’s great poet and cultural icon, Vladimir Vysotsky, and records them.  His style is “high-intensity storytelling.” He has released three albums of translations, featuring musicians from different cultural and stylistic backgrounds.  He has performed in New York, Pittsburgh, Boston, London, Copenhagen, Moscow, among other places.  He also performed at Stanford three years ago, and now is back with a new program.

Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Causes and Consequences of the Current Conflict

October 16 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Despite some superficial similarities, relations between Russia and the U.S. today are sufficiently different from the past that they cannot accurately be described as a conflict in the same category as the Cold War. U.S.-Russia relations have been severely strained over the crisis in Ukraine, but management of the crisis alone will not be enough to restore productive relations between Washington and Moscow or to repair the damage to European security.

"Neoliberals" and the “Vertical of Power”: The Politics of Education and Science Reform in Russia in 2000-2014

October 22 (Thu) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

with Igor Fedyukin, Associate Professor and Director, Center for History Sources, History Department, National Research University, Higher School of Economics

Bishop Auditorium
Lathrop Library

518 Memorial Way

Beginning 2000, successive Russian cabinets pushed to implements wide-ranging reforms in education and science. From the introduction of SAT-like testing in high schools and the focus on measurable performance indicators at universities to the 2013 reform of the Academy of Sciences, these policies were explicitly inspired by the "neoliberal" paradigm and international best practices. Surprisingly, these reforms have not been rolled back even after the overall change of policy direction in 2013-2014. This raises the broader question of the role played by the "neoliberal" policies in authoritarian political settings.

Before the Panopticon: School Building and the Idea of "Observation" in Russia in the First Half of the 18th Century

October 23 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Igor Fedyukin, Associate Professor and Director, Center for History Sources, History Department, National Research University, Higher School of Economics

Encina Hall West, Room 219

This seminar explores the emergence of school building as a disciplinary instrument in early modern Russia. The techniques of manipulating a subject’s space and time in order to achieve the "conduct of conduct" are in many ways central for modern governance, and so this talk traces them taking hold in Russian education from Peter I to Catherine II.

Art and Protest in Putin’s Russia

October 27 (Tue) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

with Lena Jonson, Associate Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

Oksenberg Room
Encina Hall (Third floor)

Lena Jonson presents her book "Art and Protest in Putin´s Russia" (London & New York: Routledge, 2015). This is a book about Russian contemporary art and its social context. The presentation will focus on the following two questions: What role did art play for the awakening of civil society that preceded the large mass protests in Moscow of 2011-2012? What has happened to the art scene and the protest movement since May 2012 when Putin made an utmost authoritarian-conservative agenda the official Russian policy?

Stas Shuripa

Taxes, Liberty, and Anxiety: Russia and the World from the Eighteenth Century to the Twentieth

November 5 (Thu) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

with Yanni Kotsonis, Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies, New York University

Bishop Auditorium
Lathrop Library
518 Memorial Way

The lecture considers the evolution of Russian, European, and North American tax systems in the context of the formation of a modern polity. It argues that all states moved toward a system of revenue that was at once respectful of certain immunities and rights, and more intrusive and inquisitive about the individual citizen and enterprise. Tax systems embody the duality of modern citizenship: the person has the right to be left alone, and the person is more transparent and vulnerable than ever before.

States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic

November 6 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Yanni Kotsonis, Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies, New York University

Encina Hall West, Room 219

During this seminar, Professor Kotsonis will discuss his recent book, States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic (2014).  The discussion will focus on the introduction, “A Short History of Taxes: Russia and the World from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries,” as well as chapters 5 and 6, “Mass Taxation in the Age of the Individual: The New Personal Taxation in Russia and the World” and “The Income Tax as Modern Government: Assessment, Self-Assessment, and Mutual Surveillance,” which will be pre-circulated.

18th Annual Dallin Lecture: Russia as a Global Challenge

November 10 (Tue) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

with Lilia Shevtsova, Lilia Shevtsova, Non Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington), an Associate Fellow at the Russia-Eurasia Program, Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs (London)

Bechtel Conference Center
Encina Hall
616 Serra Street

The Russian System of personalized power has been demonstrating an amazing capacity for survival even in the midst of decay. It has defied many predictions and ruined many analytical narratives. Today the Russian authoritarian rule is trying to prolong its life by turning to repressions at home and by containing the West. Russia, kicking over the global chess board with the war in Ukraine, returns to the international scene as a revisionist and revanchist power. The Russian Matrix demise will be painful, and it already has brought about  Russia’s confrontation with the West.  The challenge posed by Russia’s decaying petro –nuclear state is huge, and it is sure to be one of the dominant problems of the twenty-first century.

Post-socialist Societies: Unknotting the Misalliance of Civic Political Lassitude and Demand for Democracy

November 13 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Svitlana Khutka, Visiting Associate Professor, CREEES and Associate Professor of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Civic political involvement is a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses political support, interest in politics, and civic participation. Modernization along with economic development leads to a change in values, an increase in human capital, personal autonomy and higher mass political empowerment and democracy. But historical contexts of modernization in transition vs. non-transition industrialized countries introduce contradictions to the trajectory of citizens’ democratic empowerment.