Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Geology Corner, Bldg. 320, Room 105
Main Quad, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

This is the seventh of eight films in the annual SGS Summer Film Festival running from June 17th to August 26th. This year's festival features films from around the world that focus on the topic of “Imagining Empire: A Global Retrospective” and offers a flexible lens with which to look at both historical and contemporary geopolitical and socioeconomic contexts.

Film synopsis: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a...

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...