Friday, August 12, 2016 - 8:00pm - Friday, August 19, 2016 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Stilyagi Film Festival

Geology Corner, Building 320, Room 105, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

Film Screening of "Stilyagi" (2008)

Followed by Q&A with Kate Kuhns.

While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz.

For more information about this event and the SGS Film Festival, click here.

Cosponsored with Stanford Global Studies.


Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Comrade Baron book presentation, June 2

Building 260, Pigott Hall (Room 113), 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

An extraordinary, passionate and important work, Comrade Baron is “in part, an oral history of a group we know little about, in part the account of a journey through one of the most beautiful and mysterious regions of Europe and in part a record of a Dutchman’s impressions on finding himself in an extraordinary milieu in the company of some exceptional families.”

In the darkness of the early morning of 3 March 1949, practically all of the Transylvanian aristocracy were arrested in their beds and loaded onto trucks. That same day the Romanian Workers’...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Tom Koritschan
"Uranium on Trial: Mines and Minds in Czechoslovakia, 1945–1955"
Ophelia Lai
"Fighters and Lovers: The Politics of Disobedient Love in the Cinema of Eastern Europe"
Amanda Lorei
"Unstable Bricks: Andrei Platonov's Weird Socialist Realism"
Laura Marti
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Tesla: Master of Lightning

Bechtel International Center, 584 Capistrano Way, Assembly Room, Stanford University

Stanford Arts Institute and Camera As Witness, School of Education present INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL series co-sponsored with the Bechtel International Center and Stanford Film Society.

Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century, with over 700 worldwide patents to his name. He was a visionary genius whose radical ideas created the technology that connects the world with power and information. One of history's most controversial and misunderstood people, his incredible story is finally being brought to the screen. Tesla, Master of Lightning, is a...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219, Stanford University

Although the Soviet Union collapsed twenty-four years ago, some historical phenomena of that country continue to exist. One such phenomena is the myth about the KGB as an omnipresent and omnipotent organization. The myth was instilled in the consciousness of the Soviet citizens in the late Soviet period; it underwent convulsions and transformation at the time of the demise of the state and was reborn in the 21st century for a new life. The presentation focuses on two questions: How and under what circumstances was the mythology of the...

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Summer of Sangaile

Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University

May 23: SUMMER OF SANGAILE (2015) 
Cubberley Auditorium 
6:00-6:45pm: Reception 
6:45-6:50pm: Opening remarks by Dennis Garrison, Lithuanian Honorary Consul in San Francisco
6:50-7:00pm: Introduction by David Traub 
7:00-8:30pm: Screening of the film

RSVP requested.


Alanté Kavaïté’s...

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
May 20, Petar Milat

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Since the publication of Images in Spite of All - Four Photographs from Auschwitz (2004) French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman has been widely read outside of academia, and his reflections on the representation of 20th century concentration camps have become a point of departure for a great number of artists. Most recently this was the case with László Nemes and his Academy Award-winning film Son of Saul (2015) and with Gerhard Richter’s painting Birkenau (2014). On that occasion Didi-Huberman himself has entered into a...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Anastassia V. Obydenkova

Encina Hall East, Ground Floor Conference Room E008, 616 Serra Street, Stanford University 

Twenty five years have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union (the USSR), when the fifteen new independent states of Eurasia started the process of regime transition and state- and nation-building. All of the former Soviet republics have the same departure point – the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Twenty five years later, in 2016, there is an enormous variation in the outcomes of regime transition across post-Soviet Eurasia: from autocracies (e.g., Belarus) to democracies (Baltic states). Thus, this experience of post-Soviet Eurasian states requires development of new...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
May 17, Igor Casu

Lane History Corner, Building 200, Room 307

The mass famine in Soviet Moldavia in 1946-47 is one of the least known episodes of state terror under Stalin. It took the life of at least 123,000 persons which made about 5% of the entire population of MSSR and thus the excess deaths proportionally to the total population was 5 times higher than in Ukraine and 11 times than in Russia in the same period. Among the explanations of these huge discrepancies is that the greatest part of MSSR (Bessarabia) was not yet collectivized, it was a borderland republic and part of the former Nazi Germany’s ally – Romania, and the...

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
May 13, Dariya Orlova

Encina Hall West, Room 219

EuroMaidan protests and a subsequent chain of dramatic events, including Russia’s annexation of Crimea, conflict in Eastern Ukraine and painful movement towards democratization and reforms, affected political elites and citizens alike. Ukrainian media and journalists have also faced crucial challenges in their daily work, given exceptionally complicated and tense environment in the country. Tensions on Maidan drove many Ukrainian journalists into activism, resulting in blurred boundaries between journalism and activism. The war in Eastern Ukraine put additional pressure on media and...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219

By 1931, the men who governed the Republic of Turkey were confident that they had built a strong, centralized state upon the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire. Yet doubts within the inner circle of Ataturk's government remained. Beginning in 1931, ruling party officials in Ankara commissioned a series of investigative surveys of political, economic and social life in the Turkish countryside. The conclusions of these surveys reveal much about how Turkey's leaders genuinely perceived both the achievements and limits of the revolution inaugurated by Mustafa Kemal...

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Anatol Lieven

Building 200, Lane History Corner, Room 307


This talk is based on views originally set out in my book (with John Hulsman) Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (2007). Speaking from a Realist standpoint, it is argued that in key respects, most Western policymakers, journalists and commentators have badly misrepresented Russia’s position and actions on the world stage. Above all, a Russian strategy which has been generally portrayed in the West as aggressive has on the contrary, by traditional Realist...

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219

In the Soviet Union, no spy, real or fictitious, was more famous than Max Otto von Stierlitz (aka Maksim Maksimovich Isaiev aka Vsevolod Vladimirovich Vladimirov). In post-Soviet commentary it has even been claimed that Shtirlits’s has enjoyed greater popularity than quintessential Soviet film heroeswho were not spies, such as Civil War Partisan icon Vasilii Chapaev or arch-trickster Ostap Bender. This talk explores Shtirlits's place in the history of the Soviet imaginary of the heroic by focusing​ on the highly...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tarik Amar, May 5

Encina Hall Central, CISAC Central Conference Room (second floor), 616 Serra Street, Stanford University

This talk addresses four key historical forces of European and global twentieth-century history: Soviet Communism, Soviet nation-shaping, nationalism, and Nazism by focusing on the twentieth-century transformation of the city of Lviv from one of Europe’s most important multi-ethnic borderland cities (formerly known, mostly, as Lwów and Lemberg), into a Soviet and Ukrainian urban center. Now in independent Ukraine, Lviv over the last three centuries has also belonged to the Habsburg Empire, interwar Poland, and, between 1939 and 1991, to the Soviet Union. A long...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Free to Rock

Braun Music Center, Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University

This screening of the film Free to Rock: How Rock and Roll Helped End the Cold War will by followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ambassador Michael McFaul and including the film's director, Jim Brown, and one of its producers, Nick Binkley.

Free to Rock explores how American rock and roll music spread like a virus across the Iron Curtain in the last half of the 20th century. As rock and roll was pumped into the Soviet Union by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, inspiring...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Diversity Management in Post-Soviet Russia

Encina Hall, CISAC Central Conference Room (second floor), Stanford University

“We, the multinational people of the Russian Federation…” the opening words of the Russian Constitution. Russia is (and has always been) a country of diversity. This diversity which is not necessarily a problem but is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. What strategies of diversity management are employed in post-Soviet Russia? What understanding of the social reality underlies and predetermines the choice of these specific strategies? In what way are these strategies related to (and inherited from) the Soviet past? I will try to...

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Russian Woodpecker

Building 380 (Math Corner), Room 380Y, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

Screening of the documentary "The Russian Woodpecker" (2015) followed by a Q&A with Stanford University's David Holloway, Edward Geist, and Magdalena Stawkowski.

The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

followed by Q&A discussion with

David Holloway - Senior Fellow at the...

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

McMurtry Building, Oshman Hall, 355 Roth Way, Stanford University

Screening of "Plastic Jesus" (1971)
Followed by Q&A with film director, Lazar Stojanović.

"PLASTIC JESUS was filmed in 1971, arrested in 1972, convicted in 1973, and set free in 1990.”

Directed by Lazar Stojanovic at the time when he was a graduating student at the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts, Plastic Jesus marked the end of one of the most prolific periods in the history of Yugoslav cinema known as the "black wave."


Friday, April 22, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219

This colloquium will critically engage with some experiences, lessons and interventions in cultural and knowledge production in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are related to the issues of violence and its normalization in everyday life in the post-war context.  It will focus on two areas of concern in this regard: the current situation with the survivors of wartime sexual violence, and recent struggles against corruption, impoverishment and injustice occurring in the sphere of labour and post-war economy. Two respective specific examples (Association Naš Glas [Our Voice] and...

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Karski & the Lords of Humanity

McMurtry Building, Oshman Hall, 355 Roth Way, Stanford University

Film screening of "Karski & the Lords of Humanity" (2015)
Followed by discussion with Katherine Jolluck.

Karski & the Lords of Humanity (2015)

Recounting the efforts of Polish underground fighter Jan Karski to expose the horrors of the Holocaust during WWII. Karski relayed his eyewitness accounts of atrocities to the Allies in the hope of galvanizing them into action, thus preventing the annihilation of Europe's Jewish population.

Followed by discussion with:...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Serhii Plokhii

CHANGE OF VENUE: Encina Hall West, Room 202, Stanford University

**THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. If you RSVPed and are not able to attend, please contact us:**
Did the United States win the Cold War by finishing off the Soviet Union? Or maybe it is the collapse of the Communist party or the relations between Russia and the Union center, Yeltsin and Gorbachev, that are primarily responsible for the fall of the superpower? In his recent book, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union...
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Gates of Europe: The History of Ukraine

Encina Hall Central, CISAC Central Conference Room (second floor), 616 Serra Street, Stanford University

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today’s conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine’s existence as a separate nation. Situated between Central Europe and Russia, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that have used it as a strategic gateway between East and West—from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, all have engaged in global fights for supremacy on Ukrainian soil. Serhii Plokhii provides an insight into the current crisis by...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Raife Gülru Gezer

Venue information will be provided only to the registered users. 

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Talk on Turkish Foreign Policy (in English)
Open only to Stanford faculty, students, and staff.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Coffee Meeting (in Turkish)

Raife Gülru Gezer is Consul General of Turkey to Los Angeles. She graduated from the Department of Political Science and International...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Hakan Kırımlı, April 12

Encina Hall West, Room 219, Stanford University

The Crimean Khanate was one of the successor states of the Golden Horde. In 1475, it entered into an alliance with the Ottoman Empire which gradually evolved into a vassalage. The Ottoman tutelage (or protectorate) over the Crimean Khanate lasted for exactly 300 years (1475-1774).  During this period, vital mutual interests bound both states together and they benefitted from each other’s existence. The Ottomans, thanks to the Crimean Khanate, secured their hold over the Black Sea basin and its vast northern hinterland and made extensive use of the...
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
April 8, Vertov and After

McMurtry Building, Room 115, 355 Roth Way, Stanford University

This day-long conference will be centered around the work and legacy of the legendary documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov. International in scope, it brings together two leading Vertov scholars, Robert Bird from University of Chicago, and Stanford's own Nariman Skakov, with the acclaimed filmmaker, Jean-Gabriel Périot. The day will include scholarly presentations by Bird and Skakov as well as a screening of Periot's award-winning archive-based film, A German Youth. Organized jointly by CREEES, Stanford Arts and Programs in Art History, Film and Media Studies and Documentary...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Stepanova, April 7

Pigott Hall, Room 252, Stanford University

Maria Stepanova is one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet culture. The poet, essayist, and journalist is the author of nine poetry collections and a recipient of several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). She is the founder of the Colta, the only independent crowd-funded source of information that exists in Russia today, with 900,000 unique visitors per month.

Russian appetizers will be provided.

Free and open to the public.

Organized by the ...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Stepanova, April 6

Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa Street

Maria Stepanova is one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet culture. She is the founder of the Colta, the only independent crowd-funded source of information that exists in Russia today, with 900,000 unique visitors per month. The poet, essayist, and journalist is the author of nine poetry collections and a recipient of several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). 

In "Time Backward: Putin's Russia in Search of Identity" she will discuss Russia's current obsession...

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Migrants in Hungary near the Serbian border, August 2015

Encina Hall East, Reuben Hills Conference Room (second floor), 616 Serra Street

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East into Europe has challenged the existing notion of national boundaries and demonstrated an increased need for a public policy that would take into account problems arising from the forced movement of population on such a large scale. Media reporting of the crisis focuses on the plight of miserable migrants who are using Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary as transition points to reach the wealthier countries in Europe. Needless to say, countries comprising the European Union have had vastly differing responses...

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The trauma that never was?

Encina Hall West, Room 219, Stanford University

In Hungary-- the country where a significant group of Jewish origin survived the Holocaust--the genocide against Jews were soon juxtaposed with a supposedly Hungarian, national trauma, the dismemberment of the country at the end of WWI, with the Peace Treaty of Trianon. As both of these events were pushed to the periphery of historical consciousness during most of the Communist period, their presence in the public sphere was often seen as revelatory, and part of the symbolic change of regime. But increasing political polarization brought about a polarization of regimes of memory too--the...

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 9:45am - 5:00pm
The Clubhouse Building
Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom (Second floor, Room 100)
524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University
**The Clubhouse is located adjacent to Old Union and directly across from the Bookstore in White Plaza.

Prompted by the current migration crisis in Europe, the theme of this year’s conference is “Dislocation.” Papers presented by Stanford and Berkeley scholars working in various disciplines, time periods, and geographical spaces, will examine the dynamics of dislocation in its various modalities, whether pertaining to individuals, groups, or entire populations.  

Click here for the Conference Program.

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219


In this seminar, Professor Klumbytė will present her recent article Suffering, Sovereignty, and Soviet Terror in Lithuania (under review by Cultural Anthropology), in which she draws on theories on sovereignty and violence and argue that suffering like violence can be a foundation of sovereignty. Far beyond a Hobbesian state in which a sovereign emerges as an...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

We regret to inform you that due to inclement weather, Professor Neringa Klumbyte’s trip to Stanford this week has had to be cancelled.  This event will not be held this week.

In 1956 the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party resurrected The Broom, the Soviet Lithuanian humor and satire journal. Like other Soviet humor journals it was to be a platform of building communism and fighting its enemies. But soon it became a cradle of a new covert national culture defined by modernist aesthetics and political opposition. The talk will explore how this...

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30pm - Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:30pm
Pan-Asian Music Festival

Bing Concert Hall

Pan-Asian Music Festival

Celebration of Asia Concert

February 19, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us for a "Celebration of Asia" as we take a tour across the continent with local masters of music from Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Japan. They are joined by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra from China for an incredible collaborative finale.

Sounds of Music from Asia: A Family Concert

February 20, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Kids of all ages are welcome at this family concert, featuring...

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

In their memoirs and fictional works, the Russian Futurists often detailed their interest in Scythian civilization. For the avant-garde of the early XX century such a return to archaic cultures was fairly typical, for example, the French Cubists were keen on African masks and Iberian sculptures. There is also a reason why the Russian artists had a specific interest in the Scythians among the various ancient cultural traditions. They perceived the famous description of the Scythians by Herodotus in his Histories as a medium for the elaboration of the national self-identification that was...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Happy Together: Formation of Parks of Culture and Leisure in the Early Soviet Ep

The so-called Parks of Culture and Leisure were one of the foundations of Soviet civilization. They functioned not only as public urban spaces but also as specific educative gardens. After the post-Revolutionary migration process the big Soviet towns were populated in part by newcomers from provincial regions, peasants included. The Parks of Culture and Leisure provided the new population with the educative practices necessary for life in a megapolis, enlarged their cultural background and even instructed them ideologically. Despite the Soviet nature of the Park of Culture and Leisure...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:00am - Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:15pm
Stanford Archaeology Center
Building 500
488 Escondido Mall
Stanford University
This conference aims to further our understanding of the institutional cultures, funding schemes and power structures underlying transnational institutions, with a particular focus on heritage bureaucracies. We bring together scholars working at the intersection of archaeology, anthropology, sociology and law to offer a broader understanding of the intricacies of multilateral institutions and global civic society in shaping contemporary heritage governance. Speakers will provide ethnographic perspectives on the study of international organizations, such as the UN...