Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
German occupation memorial in Rostov

CISAC Conf. Room, Encina Hall Central (2nd floor)

Free and open to the public  /  Lunch will be served


We know that history plays a major role in socialization in Russia, and that political identities there are often defined in historical terms. This talk will analyze some re-interpretations of Russian and international history that have been employed in constructing the country's post-Soviet national identity. At the center of the new historical myth is the Great Patriotic War, both as a tragedy and a victory. However, the new narrative promoted by President Vladimir Putin...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University

"Anthropology of Cultural Models: Two Ways of Appropriating History in the 1920s"

Today two anthropological models dominate academic discourse: one places humans in a technological network and defines them as post-human. The other places humans among animals. However, the technological and the vitalist approaches often come together and (as an inseparable couple) define human relation to history. Thislecture will focus on two anthropological models of the 1920s: one formalist (Shklovsky, Tynianov) and the other one, far ...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University

This documentary film tells the story of Dragica Srzentić, whose century-long life offers insight into the rarely mentioned aspects of the ex-Yugoslav intellectual and ideological maze of the eight states in which this Istrian-born woman has lived - Austria-Hungary, the Kingdom of Italy, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the Independent State of Croatia, The Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia, the Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Serbia.

In view of Dragica Srzentić’s experiences as a member of the Yugoslav resistance during the Nazi...

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

McClatcy Hall, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 120

Open only to Stanford affiliates.

RSVP requested

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:00pm

Encina Hall, Philippines Room

In this seminar, I will explore Muslim minority representation in 25 Western and 20 post-communist legislatures, using descriptive and inferential statistics as well as qualitative and historical comparisons.  On average, Muslims remain severely underrepresented in most Western legislatures, while they are almost proportionately represented in most post-communist ones.  In explaining this variation, I will focus on forms of "consociational" power-sharing (including legacies of Communist-era affirmative action and multi-confessional power...

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

"The American Disease and the Soviet Cure: Neurasthenia and the Making of the Socialist Sanatorium"

ABSTRACT:  In the late 19th century, George Beard described neurasthenia as the "American disease," the product of a competitive and faster paced lifestyle. In the 1920s, however, Soviet doctors found that the pressures of revolutionary life were also causing nervous exhaustion. A vast "rest" apparatus was developed, including health resorts, where workers were offered a rich array of treatments, among which were many forms of hydro- and...

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

During the Second World war and its immediate aftermath, East-Central Europe experienced a concerted effort to redraw political borders and adjust them to the ethno-scoial map. A key policy in this drive was population exchange. Based on the mass population exchange between Poland and the Soviet Ukraine, this talk will address different aspects of the phenomenon of population transfers, such as their relations to wartime experience, common features of the various postwar transfers, the distinct aspects of the Soviet conception and practice of this orchestrated peaceful migration, and,...

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Professor Iampolski will lead a discussion of his article, "Point - Pathos - Totality."  The article is available upon request.

Open only to Stanford affiliates.

RSVP requested

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

History Corner, 200 Serra Mall, Room 307

This lecture contests the concept of Asiatic and oriental despotism and conventional taxonomies of state formations.  It shows that Russia and the Inner Asian powers in the early modern and modern periods were hardly as despotic and had more capital than Tilly and others have asserted.   These empires were characterized by flexible imperial repertoires and by widely shared political and institutional innovations, especially those regarding warfare.   This perspective shifts the analytical emphasis away from the West and provides an original explanation of the forms...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Tresidder Memorial Union, Oak East Room (459 Lagunita Drive)

Germany's ethnic citizenship law, the Soviet Union's inscription of ethnic origins in personal identification documents, and Turkey's prohibition on the public use of minority languages underpinned the 20th century definition of nationhood in these countries. Despite many challenges from political and social actors, these policies did not change until the turn of the 21st century, when Russia removed ethnicity from the internal passport, Germany opened the citizenship route to many immigrants, and Turkish state television began to broadcast in minority languages such as...

Sunday, October 20, 2013 (All day) - Thursday, October 24, 2013 (All day)
TESLA: MASTER OF LIGHTNING - Sunday, October 20, 4:50 PM
THE SECOND MEETING -Sunday, October 20, 4:50 PM
WHERE IS MY HOME - Thursday, October 24, 7:00 PM


Sunday October 20, 4:50 PM
Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St. Palo Alto
Director/Producer: Robert Uth...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jordan Hall, Building 420 (450 Serra Mall)

“This film sets out as a cultural travelog, but before long Marker takes us on an irony filled stream-of-consciousness ride through Siberia that is less of a journalistic journey than an impressionistic one.” -Andy Ratzsch,

Discussion to follow.

Free and open to the public.

Part of a film series sponsored by Modern Thought & Literature, FIlm and Media Studies Program, CREEES, and the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies. More information.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

In the early eighteenth century, the cult of Bohdan Khmelnytsky as the mid-seventeenth-century founder of the Cossack Hetmanate and the liberator of his people from "Polish bondage" took full shape. Answering the Ukrainian elite’s needs for historical legitimacy in the decades after the Russian victory at the Battle of Poltava (1709), the Khmelnytsky cult served as a justification for Ukrainian autonomy and privileges. The talk will examine the depiction of Khmelnytsky in the Hrabianka chronicle or “Events of the Most Bitter War,” the most widely disseminated...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

Frank Sysyn, Director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
Norman Naimark, Robert & Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies and the Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies
Amir Weiner, Associate Professor of Soviet...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Cubberley Auditorium, Graduate School of Education (485 Lasuen Mall)

Celebrate Estonia's rich culture and history through film at Estonian Cultural Evning at Stanford University.


"The Woman Who Gave Estonia a Gift of a Museum: Olga Kistler-Ritso"
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tour of Green Library and its Estonian Collection
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Cummings Art Building, Room 103 (435 Lasuen Mall)

Select Mondays
This year-long seminar explores the creation and operations of sacred space in Byzantium by focusing on the intersection of architecture, acoustics, music, and ritual. Leading scholars from the US and abroad will present their current research and lead the discussion.
November 4, 2013 with Alexander Lingas
January 27, 2014 with Wieslaw Woszczyk
February 24, 2014 with Christian...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:15pm - 6:15pm

Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 216

The push and pull between language innovators and archaists in Russia dates back at least two centuries to the time of Shishkov and Karamzin and takes on particularly acute cultural meaning during times of radical social change. Particularly when members of a society in flux are looking for alternative guideposts and anchors, language becomes a potent symbol of continuity and change, of traditional and new thinking, of stability and innovation. In the most recent rendition of this battle for authority and identity through language, the period of change (beginning with perestroika and...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 5:15pm - 6:05pm

Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 216

Scattered throughout the South of the Russian Empire was a form of stone statuary commonly referred to as kamennye baby, or stone women. Long the subject of archaeological speculation, often of the wildest sort, the statuary became the object of sustained artistic attention during the modernist period in Russia. In this talk, Michael Kunichika examines an episode in the career of Russian modernist appropriation of the statuary, when the poet Sergei Bobrov and the artist Natal'ia Goncharova laid claim to the statue as evidence of Russian's own "native antiquity" and of its...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

History Corner, Room 307

For the past 13 years, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has conducted an annual televised phone-in show, Telemost, during which he responds to questions posed by his citizens. The stenographic records of these meetings provide interesting material on the image of political power in Russia. They offer insight into what kind of image of a political leader is promoted by the Kremlin, i.e. what features of a leader are emphasized, how society is reflected onto itself by the creators of Telemost and, last but not least, they reveal the background of this PR-process. Furthermore, the evolution of...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room
Building 500, Room 106
488 Escondido Mall
Stanford Archaeology Center Lunch Club Lecture Series
with Liisi Eglit & Kadri Viires
About: We will be talking about the establishment and activities of the Museum of Occupations in Estonia, Tallinn; the background of SUL's Baltic iniative and our recent activities and projects; Kistler-Ritso Foundation as the organization behind both the creative of the museum and SUL. We also have a short film about Olga Ritso Kistler, the founder of Kistler-Ritso Foundation, made as a collaborative project between SUL, Stanford Video and the...
Monday, January 27, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Pigott Hall (Bldg 260, Room 113)
Stanford University

Russia as a great power is a long-standing yet often misunderstood subject, too often separated from considerations of Russia’s realistic foreign policy options, given the country’s geography, neighbors, institutional makeup, and aspirations.  Stalin’s dictatorial regime and terror are much studied, yet rarely linked sufficiently to the question of Russian power in the world.  How can we best combine the study of Russian power in the world and Stalin’s ascent and actions as dictator?   What is it about Russia that helped bring about a Stalin?...

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

This seminar will discuss Eric Lohr’s book, Russian Citizenship, which traces the Russian state’s citizenship policy throughout history. Focusing on the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the consolidation of Stalin’s power in the 1930s, Lohr considers whom the state counted among its citizens and whom it took pains to exclude. His research reveals that the Russian attitude toward citizenship was less xenophobic and isolationist and more similar to European attitudes than has been previously thought—until the drive toward autarky after 1914...

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Talk has been cancelled and Dr. Guth will instead present at the Stanford-Berkeley Conference.

At the 20th Party Congress in 1956, Khrushchev had a nuclear scientist envision a radiant future where the atom would power industries in remote regions and turn deserts into gardens. Two decades later, the vision had become a reality on the desert peninsula of Mangyshlak in Western Kazakhstan - a region uninviting for permanent settlement, but abundant in natural resources. Dubbed the first city of the Scientific-Technological Revolution, the nuclear oasis of Shevchenko relied on a fast breeder reactor for water desalination and energy production....

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Cummings Art Building, ART2
435 Lasuen Mall

A Film Showing of Yael Bartana’s “Mary Koszmary” (“Nightmares”) and Conversation with Co-Screenwriter and Lead Actor, Slawomir Sierakowski, Founding Director of Krytyka Polityczna.

Sierakowski will discuss the complex social, cultural, and political relationships between Jews, Poles, and other Europeans in the age of globalization and explore how nostalgia for the Jewish past among liberal Polish intellectuals intersects with progressive politics in Poland today. 

Slawomir Sierakowski, a Polish sociologist and...

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Ethan Pollock’s current research project tells the history of the Russian bathhouse (bania) in order to gain new perspectives on Russian identity, traditional and modern notions of health and hygiene, and the evolution of ideas about community and sociability. It is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Ethan Pollock has examined previously-inaccessible Soviet archives to analyze the intersection of political power, official ideology, and scientific knowledge in the Soviet Union.

An associate professor of history at Brown University, he...

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Numerous well known Western intellectuals were favorably impressed by various 20th century dictators of different political persuasions including Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro and others. Their positive assessments (short lived, or more enduring) were closely related to the appreciation of the political systems the dictators presided over, as well as the ideals which ostensibly inspired these systems. The same intellectuals were also attracted to what they perceived to be the personal attributes of the dictators.

Given the widely held belief that intellectuals are...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

A lunchtime discussion with political commentator Slawomir Sierakowski, founding director of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), the largest progressive political movement in eastern Europe.

Mr. Sierakowski will discuss the formation and mission of the movement, engagement of an international network of progressive intellectuals, and the process of reinventing a new European left. He will also explore the difference between party politics and the political in Poland and between protests and social movements on the global stage.

Readings in advance of the...

History Corner, Room 030
Stanford University

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Films with English subtitles from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.

Winter Quarter

January 14 - Qyz-Jibek (The Lady-Silk), a classic Kazakh film of 1970

January 28 - Birjan Sal, Kazakh film 2009

February 11 - Seker (Sugar), Kazakh film 2009

February 25 - The Light Thief (aka Svet-Ake), Kyrgyz film 2010

March 11 - Shal (The Old Man), Kazakh film 2012


Spring Quarter

April 8 - Strizh (Shorn), Kazakh film 2007

April 22 - Qaroi...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Okimoto Room 
Encina Hall Central

It can be argued whether or not Lion Feuchtwanger’s travelogue “Moscow 1937” did indeed spawn “one of the greatest scandals in the history of world literature”, as an internet commentary claims. Nevertheless, it is beyond contention that the lean book did already polarize opinions when it was first published in 1937 and continues to evoke strong reactions to this day. Already the reaction of contemporaries was – apart from a few exceptions – dismissive; since then, the tenor has rather become more critical: The travelogue is nowadays...

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:15am - 5:30pm
Bechtel Confernce Center
Encina Hall (616 Serra Street)

What is emancipation today? Which movements and forces currently at work in the vast area spanning Eastern Europe to Asia should be considered emancipatory and why? Which among the rich history of socio-political, cultural, and economic events in the region -- events that have at different times either been linked to, or critically dissociated from, the ideas of progress,...

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Braun Music Center, Room 103

Part of the Ron Alexander Memorial Lectures in Musicology.
Co-sponsored with the Slavic Department.


Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Levinthal Hall (Stanford Humanities Center)

Recent ethnographies of post-revolutionary Iran have tended to focus on  youthful expressions of discontent and rebellion against the Islamic state among middle-class urban dwellers, while taking little account of other socio-economic groups and  subject positions in this vast country. But focusing on the treatment of the large population of Afghan refugees that exists on the margins of Iranian society offers intriguing possibilities for recognising that the Islamic Republic's current exercise of statecraft owes more to an opportunistic realpolitik than to Islamic solidarity...

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Philippines Conference Room

Sports and politics are inevitably intertwined and nowhere more than in the Olympic Games. Amidst the controversy surrounding the Games of 1980 in Moscow was the sailing regatta in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. A sporting event taking place in an occupied country, as Estonia had been annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, posed a dilemma for the national Olympic committees and, especially, for emigrant Estonians. Although it is generally assumed that the Estonian population opposed the event, an analysis of the discussion within the Estonian government-in-exile shows variations on the...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
Slav Dom
650 Mayfield Avenue 

Join us for an evening dinner event to learn more about the Center, grants, fellowships, travel and internships, courses, on-campus events, study abroad and more.

RSVP requested.

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

This seminar will examine the process by which Soviet camera operators confronted and decided to film sights of Nazi atrocity, and inserted them within a narrative frame. We will examine the conventions imposed by the Soviet visual media upon representations of this suffering, consider how these conventions shape understanding for audiences then and now, and compare these visual grammars of what we came to know as the Holocaust with those that govern images generated by the perpetrators or by the Western Allies in their images of the liberation of the camps. Finally, we will reflect upon...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cummings Art Building, ART2

The famous photograph and newsreel film of the raising of the Soviet flag over Berlin’s Reichstag in May 1945 have been frequently recycled to stand for the end of war and the Soviet part of victory in it. While there have been many analyses of these images as falsifications of the actual events of the storm of the Reichstag, their rich symbolic power as what have been called ‘iconic images’ evoking a momentous historical event has been undiminished. This lecture will examine the uses that this imagery has been put to in films from The Fall of Berlin (1949) to...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
CERAS building room 101, Stanford Graduate School of Education
520 Galvez Mall, Stanford University 
Two short films focusing on Russia

Holy Warriors
(30 minutes) Russia
Director: Marianna Yarovskaya

(30 minutes) Russia
Director: Marianna Yarovskaya
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

History Corner, Room 307

There have been four "resets" in US-Russian relations since the fall of the USSR. Each one has begun with high expectations and each has ended in disappointment. In recent months the triple challenges of Snowden, Syria and Sochi have exemplified  the difficulties of creating a sustainable, productive partnership. What are the prospects for Washington and Moscow moving the relationship forward in the run-up to the G-8 meeting this June? Stent will offer a historical perspective on the limited US-Russian partnership and discuss prospects for the future. 

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

More than ever before ethnographic film nowadays deals with contemporary social problems and serves to address current political issues. Traditional society, long the most common topic of such films in Serbia and in the Balkans, is now almost extinct.  Still, there are some similar values maintained in modern society. Thus, these films often demonstrate first-hand experiences of ordinary people and, therefore, should be regarded as an invaluable testimony of reality in time and space . Ethnographic films can showcase an exciting cultural blend of Serbia today...

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Please note the start time has changed

Levinthal Hall
Stanford Humanities Center


Mark von Hagen, Professor of History, Arizona State University
Vlad Lupan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN
Yaroslav Prytula, Associate Profesor, Lviv Ivan Franko National University


Robert Crews


Mark von Hagen teaches the history of Eastern Europe and Russia, with a focus on Ukrainian-Russian relations, at Arizona State University, after teaching 24 years at Columbia University, where he also chaired...

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

History Corner, Room 307

While in the last 25 years the history of women historians in Western Europe and the United States and their contributions to historiography have been widely researched, women historians in the Russian Empire have been totally ignored. This talk presents fifty women, born between 1804 and 1884, who can be identified as historians (in a broad sense), in order to outline their collective biography, including their family backgrounds, fathers, brothers and husbands, education, occupations, and political activities. These women of different ethnic origins made significant contributions to...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 204

In the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of Ukrainian women joined the underground nationalist movement in western Ukraine as members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). However, the roles they played and their contribution to this movement remain understudied, marginalized and trivialized in historical research. While historians tend to represent women mainly as victims or martyrs of the guerrilla war, women’s personal recollections give a somewhat different picture.

The study of personal narratives of former female insurgents...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

This presentation uses Russian social media as a lens for exploring the relationship between individuals, society and online communication technologies. It proposes a framework for comparative international analysis that leverages three interconnected elements – history, network structure and media ecology. On the basis of these three elements, Alexanyan examines Russia’s social media ecology and its relationship to Russia’s broader socio-political environment, articulating the various factors that have influenced the specific evolution of social media in...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
(424 Santa Teresa St)

Dariusz Stola is the newly appointed director of Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, which will open in Warsaw in October 2014.  Dr. Stola is an historian and former professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, and at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw as well as a fellow at the Center for Migration Research, Warsaw University. He has published eight books and over a hundred articles on Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust, international migrations in the 20th century, and on the communist regime in Poland, as well as on Polish...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cummings Art Building, ART2

African-Americans occupied a small but significant space in the Socialist Realist imagination of the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Soviet artists eagerly demonstrated the purported racial tolerance of socialism, in accordance with the doctrines of internationalism and anti-colonialism, by producing critical visual representations of the plight of African-Americans.  The painter Aleksandr Deineka visited the US in 1935 and exhibited his paintings of African-Americans on his return to Moscow to great acclaim: critics focused approvingly, and predictably, on how his paintings evoked...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Meady-rade is art that suspends itself, denies itself from our experience. Meady-rade is invisible and inaudible and intangible art. But the very intangibility is intangible. The very invisibility is invisible. Most often when we don’t see something, we do not perceive its absence. That which we do not hear is hidden in the silence, but that very silence is inaudible, hidden from us.  Why this is the case needs to be examined in each manifestation of meady-rade art individually. The motives may be aesthetic, political, ethical, religious, psychological, etc.  The...

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

History Corner, Room 307

A group of researchers from the European University at St. Petersburg conducted in 2011-2013 perhaps the first major cross-cultural study in Russia in the last 25 years, comparing patterns of technological entrepreneurship in Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Kazan and St. Petersburg, on the one hand, and those in Korea, Taiwan and Finland, on the other. Fieldwork undertaken in all 4 countries has shown that Russian high tech entrepreneurs distinguish themselves from their peers in Asia and Europe by putting a marked emphasis on the value of creativity and inspiration, which frequently blocks the way...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:00pm - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 3:00pm

University of California, Berkeley

(see schedule for specific workshop locations)

In his 1944 Christmas broadcast, Edvard Beneš of Czechoslovakia proclaimed that the Second World War had unleashed a powerful political and social revolution in Europe. Over the past decade, researchers have gained unprecedented access to new archival sources to help us reexamine this claim. This workshop invites advanced doctoral students and junior scholars to present original research and new methodological approaches to the post-war era, broadly defined. Working together in a congenial setting alongside invited experts, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the political,...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

History Corner, Room 307

The presentation summarizes preliminary findings of my research project on Allied policy towards resistance groups during World War II and its impact on post-war political and ideological divisions.

The research is linked with a multiplicity of historical problems: the western Allies’ balance of political and military considerations during World War II; the Anglo-American cooperation and competition in the field of intelligence; the use of special operations as an instrument of foreign policy, especially in regard to countries where the development of resistance movements had...

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Wallenberg Learning Theater
Building 160, Room 124

Battling Discrimination: The Roma and the European Union
Ana Bracic, Postdoctoral Fellow, CDDRL

Reform and Hesitation: Collaboration Between West European and East European Cultural Institutions during the EU Enlargement Process, A Case Study of the European Roma Library Project
Sreten Ugričić, CREEES Visiting Scholar

Fighting Corruption in Eastern Europe: The Role of the European Union
Patricia Young, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology Department

Moderated by: Branislav Jakovljevic,...

Saturday, April 26, 2014 (All day) - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (All day)

See website for schedule

Fourth Edition of the Romanian Film Festival and Discussion Forum will take place April 26- 29, themed:


The Romanian Film Festival at Stanford, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, 2014 edition centers on the theme “TRANSITIONS: Spirituality and Contemporary Life in Romania” with a selection of films featuring award-winning filmmakers while also introducing new artists.  The audience will have the opportunity to view and experience the complex aspects of Romanian cinema...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Jordan Hall, Room 041
(450 Serra Mall)

Post-socialist historicization has often not left space for the possibility that socialist art and architecture could have allowed for identifications with the socialist project outside the context of state socialism. Did the socialist state maintain a monopoly on the socialist project? Could socialist art and architecture have been more faithful to socialism than the socialist state? And could counter-histories of socialist art and architecture re-frame the post-socialist present? This talk will explore these and related questions by looking at monuments to Yugoslavia’s history,...

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Please note Dr. Herscher's talk has been changed from "Missing Persons, Political Subjects, and Public Spaces of Disappearance"

 “Post-conflict reconstruction” has emerged after the Cold War as a global form of humanitarian and development assistance.  While this reconstruction is almost always described and analysed as an objective response to the destruction of the post-conflict environment, I explore it as a means of constituting that environment as an object of knowledge and action in the first place. In this project, I focus on the...

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Cubberley Auditorium

Latvia, one of the three Baltic states, is a small energetic country with a rich culture and history. Through wars, occupations, and repressions, Latvians have been able to sustain their language, culture and national memory, which have enabled the country to recover from the half-century long Soviet annexation with an enormous speed after regaining the independence in 1991. Today, Latvians in Latvia and abroad look into the future with enthusiasm and confidence, while emphasizing the importance of remembering and commemorating their past.

Stanford University Libraries' Baltic...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Okimoto Room, Bechtel Conference Center

The tale of the development of modern Scandinavian and Baltic identities is most frequently told against the background of differences of political inclination and ideological bent.  Identity formation, however, has been closely intertwined with technical advances, the formation of aesthetic schemes, and the materiality of media, image sound, time and space. How has the encounter with new types of materiality reinforced the conviction that identity, if not migrated to new platforms, is an endangered species?

Dr. Janis Kreslins is the Senior Academic Librarian...

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:15pm - 8:05pm

Cummings Art Buillding, Room 103

Part of the Aural Architecture series

Topic: comparing architecture and liturgy of Georgia and Armenia with Jerusalem

More: Aural Architecture series

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:15pm - 1:30pm

McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will be at Stanford on May 1st to deliver his talk, "Global Europe, from the Atlantic to the Pacific."  President Barroso's political career began in 1980 when he joined the Social Democratic Party (PSD). He was named President of the party in 1999 and re-elected three times. During the same period, he served as Vice President of the European People's Party. As State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and...

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Koret-Taube Conference Center

Michael McFaul is the former US Ambassador to Russia.  He was previously chief advisor on Russia and Eurasia to President Obama, and Senior Director at the National Security Council from 2008-2011. He is the former director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and deputy director of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.  He is also the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he co-directs the Iran Democracy Project, ans well as Professor of Political Science and CISAC...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

History Corner, Room 307

Despite being distant in time and space, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan has often served as a backdrop against which the war in Chechnya has been interpreted. This is the point of departure for an investigation into the visual representations of these two conflicts. More specifically, my research is concerned with the question how Soviet and Russian newspapers visually represented the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya at the time they took place. Do pictures of war give a clue about the telos and ethos of the conflict? What identities have been visually produced, particularly with...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

White Plaza

Learn about the 15 international programs as well as collaborative projects, degrees and courses offered, internships, funding for student research, and much more. More

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cubberley Auditorium

Synopsis: Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family.  Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

History Corner, Room 307

Saparmurat Niyazov, aka “Turkmenbashy, ruled independent Turkmenistan between 1991 and 2006, becoming world-notorious for promoting a cult of his own personality that reached in the early 2000s almost unprecedented levels. Such cult was often the object of sensational reports and condescendent mocking by Western observers, but few tried to analyze it in depth and even less to explain why such a cult was developed and why it befell Turkmenistan to be its cradle. A comparative perspective that takes into account both similarities and differences with...

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

“Descent and Space in Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy”
Brigid Connor

“The School of Courage: Memoirs, Diaries, and Reports of the Soviet War in Afghanistan”
Jacob Parsley

“Nuclear Canary: The Soviet Union’s Early Warning Network”
Charles Powell

“Dancing Propaganda: Soviet Folk Dance Ensembles and Western Audiences”
Caroline Schottenhamel

“Geopolitics, Identity, and Ethnography in the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Braun Corner, Room 105
(Building 320, 450 Serra Mall)

Loves of a Blond (Czechoslovakia, Directed by milos Forman, 1965)
An all girls' boarding school farce adapted to Czechoslovakia before the Prague Spring

Q&A with Michael Mitzer to follow.

Free and open to the public.

Part of a film series sponsored by Stanford Global Studies Division. More information.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Pigott Hall (Building 260, Room 113)

*Please note the date has changed from September 23 to September 22

A talk by Arnold Suppan, author of Hitler - Beneš - Tito: Conflict, War and Genocide in East Central and South East Europe.The monograph explores the development of the political, legal, economic, social, cultural and military “communities of conflict” within Austria-Hungary (especially in the Bohemian and South Slav lands); the convulsion of World War I and the Czech, Slovak and South Slav break with the Habsburg Monarchy; the difficult formation of successor states and the strong discussions at Paris 1919/20; the domestic and foreign policies of...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center

Flowers of the Czech Music from Prague  (Květy české hudby z Prahy)

A concert featuring Prague's National Opera singer Martina Kociánová, accompanied by violinist Oldřich Vlček and pianist Sára Bukovská. The first part of the program will present compositions of great Czech composers and the second part will feature a commemoration of traditional Czech and Moravian folk songs.

Preview of the program:

A.Dvořák :    Sonata for the violing and piano (Sonatina pro housle a klavír)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

History Corner, Room 002
(450 Serra Mall, Building 200)

Russian expansion into Central Asia in the 19th century is usually seen either as the product of lobbying by big capitalist interests in Moscow, or as a wholly unplanned process driven by ‘men on the spot’ who slipped beyond St Petersburg’s control. This paper is a micro-study of one of the campaigns which immediately preceded the fall of Tashkent in 1865, during which Russian forces under General M. G. Cherniaev united the Orenburg and Siberian ‘lines’ of fortification to create what was meant to be a permanent new frontier on the steppe. It demonstrates that...

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Nowhere in the world was the sport of biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, taken more seriously than in the Soviet Union, and no other nation garnered greater success at international venues. From the introduction of modern biathlon in 1958 to the USSR's demise in 1991, athletes representing the Soviet Union won almost half of all possible medals awarded in world championship and Olympic competition. Biathletes of the USSR were so dominant that at major events their victory was often a foregone conclusion. Yet more than sheer technical skill created...

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Pigott Hall (Building 260, Room 113)

Ukraine: What is the fighting all about?

It has been a year since Ukrainian activists took to the streets of Kyiv to protest the decision of then-president Viktor Yanukovich not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. This Maidan 2 revolution was struggling for fair governance, human rights, against corruption and cynicism of power brokers, and for the chance to pursue a better, European future. Then the revolution was brutally suppressed by police squads, the protests radicalized, and Yanukovich fled the country.

However, a European Ukraine...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Using the example of Polish border regions, the presentation examines the phenomenon of borders and border regions in connection with neighbourhood relations from the end of the Second World War until today. At what point does a border become a border region? How did neighbourhood relations develop in the course of Polish history? How far have the respective neighbours progressed in overcoming prejudice and stereotypes? These questions will be discussed within the context of Poland’s western border with Germany and her eastern borders with Russia and Ukraine. How did the perceptions...

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

The lecture, based on the life of Tsola Dragoitcheva (1898-1993), a Bulgarian political functionary during state socialism, presents (her) biography as a useful historical tool which allows scholars to find a balance between treating women from patriarchal contexts as agents of change or as individuals constrained by historical structures. As such, it contributes to the ongoing debate regarding the condition of women and gender relations in the East European socialist countries during the Cold War period.

Krassimira Daskalova is a CREEES visiting scholar and...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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

The presentation will place Shevchenko in the context of Ukrainian society of the 1830s-1840s, focusing on the impact of his poetry and the effect of his charismatic persona on his readers -- peasants (including his brother Varfolomij, a serf), both the Ukrainian and Russian intelligentsia and gentry, and representatives of the Russian imperial court. The reception of Shevchenko exposes the boundaries of the Ukrainian (and Little Russian) discourse (literature, folklore, history) within Russian imperial culture and the limits of what has been termed...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center


Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic
Michael McFaul, Professor, Political Science; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute
Norman Naimark, The Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director of the Stanford Global Studies Division and Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor in East European Studies
Kathryn Stoner, Faculty Director, Susan Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute

Co-sponsored by The Europe Center


Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, 3rd floor

By the end of 1944, the Red Army had reconquered the Soviet western borderlands from the Germans. Investigating what their citizens had done under Nazi occupation was a task of utmost importance for the returning Soviet authorities. What did you do during the war – this question, however, was not only of concern to party-state officials and the secret police. It also hovered over private and public encounters between returning evacuees and colleagues, soldiers and family members, Holocaust survivors and their neighbors. Focusing on Belorussia, the presentation discusses what...

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 202
Please note that the location of the seminar has been moved from Room 208 to Room 202.

Open to Stanford affiliates. RSVP requested.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (All day) - Friday, October 10, 2014 (All day)

Stauffer Auditorium, Hoover Institution

An international conference featuring a Keynote Address by Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Presdent of the Club of Madrid, Former President of Latvia

Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost School of Humanities and Sciences; Office of the Dean; Stanford Global Studies Division; The Europe Center; Stanford University Libraries; Division of Literatures, Cultures & Languages; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Department of History; Taube Center for Jewish Studies; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Stanford Humanities Center

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:45pm - 6:00pm

The Kill Team - Friday, October 17, 9:50 PM
In the Wake of Stalin - Sunday, October 19, 2:30 PM
To Kill a Sparrow - Monday, October 20, 4:00 PM
The Gold Spinners -  Sunday, October 26, 4:45 PM

The Kill Team (Afghanistan/USA, 79 min)

Friday, October 17, 9:50 PM
Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building (435 Lasuen Mall) Stanford University

Director: Dan Krauss
Producers: Linda Davis, Dan Krauss

The film goes behind closed doors to tell the riveting story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a twenty-one-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. Tragically, his father's pleas...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Select Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30 pm
Cummings Art Building, ART2

Film screenings:

Sept. 30 - Mephisto (István Szabó, 1981)
Oct. 7 - Ashes and Diamond (Andrzej Wajda, 1958)
Oct. 14 - The Red and the White (Miklós Jancsó, 1967)
Oct. 21 - Innocence Unprotected (Dušan Makavejev, 1968)
*Please note that this film has been changed from WR: Mysteries of the Organism
Oct. 28 - The Shop on Main Street (Ján Kádar, 1965)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:15pm - 1:30pm

CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall

Yeşim Arat  is an Aron Rodrigue International Visitor at Stanford and professor of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. She is the author of The Patriarchal Paradox: Women Politicians in Turkey (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989), Rethinking Islam and Liberal Democracy: Islamist Women in Turkish Politics (SUNY Press, 2005),Violence Against Women in Turkey (with Ayse Gul Altinay-Punto, 2009-Turkish version, 2008 Pen Duygu Asena Award) and numerous articles on women as well as Turkish politics. Arat was...

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

The talk examines the evolution of historical research and public awareness of the violent wartime and postwar history of Lithuania, particularly the 1940-1953 period, during and after the collapse of the USSR. The emphasis will be on manner in which Lithuanian historians have confronted the issues surrounding the history of the Holocaust, Soviet repression and collaboration during a period of difficult social and political transition since the late 1980s, as well as the impact on society of the contentious and often politicized nature of the historical discussions.


Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Book talk and discussion by author, Zilka Spahić-Šiljak.

Katherine Jolluck, History Department, Stanford University
Laura Stokes, History Department, Stanford University


Dr. Zilka Spahić-Šiljak is currently is a CREEES visiting scholar. She is a research scholar and public intellectual addressing issues involving human rights, politics, religion, education and peace-building. She has worked for the past two decades as human rights activist in non-governmental organizations on the promotion of...

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Old Union, Room 200

History, Arts and Culture of Southeastern Europe

Dubrovnik, Croatia

(excurisions to Croatian islands and cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Learn more about this exciting summer study abroad opportunity!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Cubberley Auditorium
(485 Lasuen Mall)

Ana Arabia film screening followed by conversation with filmmaker Amos Gitai and Q&A with the audience.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored with Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Encina Hall West, Room 202
Please note the location of this seminar has been changed from Room 208 to Room 202

‘EuroMaidan’, the mass unrest in Ukraine between late 2013 and early 2014, has received countless evaluations and interpretations worldwide. Varying from the ‘revolution of dignity’ and the ‘birth of the Ukrainian political nation’ to the anarchic ‘revolt of the masses’ inspired by a nationalistic drive, it has divided the academic world into passionately supportive and passionately critical positions.

This presentation raises a number of questions:  Was EuroMaidan the repetition of a well-known scenario or a truly innovative...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Bechtel International Center

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Green Library, Bender Room, 5th Floor

Live streaming: 

Join us for an engaging talk with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas of the Republic of Estonia who will discuss

Leveraging Technology in Turbulent Times: How to ensure security and economic growth in an unpredictable global environment

Governments around the world are searching for new ways to cope with multiple evolving challenges. The international security order is changing, impacted by recent events in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, the Ebola epidemic, and other crises. Economies around...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Bing Concert Hall
327 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA

This special one-night-only event transports the audience back to July 1945, when, to break the ice of negotiating the postwar fate of the world, Truman, Churchill and Stalin paused to listen to a 19-year-old American rifleman play his violin.

• Citizen Film’s documentary short The Rifleman’s Violin, directed by Sam Ball and produced by Abraham D. Sofaer, tells the remarkable story of Private Stuart Canin, who set out to fight in WWII and wound up performing for the world’s most powerful men, on the verge of the Cold War.

• Spirited onstage...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Reuben Hills Conference Room
Encina Hall East, 2nd Floor

Bio: After graduating from the Moscow State University’s Department of Psychology, Leonid Gozman worked for the MSU Department of Social Psychology, specializing in interpersonal relations and political psychology. He defended his thesis at MSU in 1983. Leonid Gozman lectured in the United States in 1993 (as Professor of Psychology and Russian Research, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania). In 1992, he served as aide to acting First Deputy Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar and aide to Anatoly Chubais in the Presidential Executive Office and the Government of Russia. In 1999...

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...

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...

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 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, 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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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, 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” ...

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.


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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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


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, 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...

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.

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 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...

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...

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...

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, 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...

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...

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.


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...

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....

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 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...

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 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...

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.


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...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Jiří Haleš
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.

Martina Winkler, professor of history at...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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...

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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.

The best hope may be a return to the principles of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act through an inclusive region-wide dialogue, similar...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Stas Shuripa
Oksenberg Room
Encina Hall (3rd floor)
616 Serra Street

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?

Lena Jonson...

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lane History Corner
Room 307
450 Serra Mall, Building 200
Stanford University

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.

Yanni Kotsonis is professor of history at...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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....

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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.

Transition means unstable institutions and...

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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 "...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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.

Organizationally, the pre-Petrine and early Petrine school was a relatively unstructured community of students congregating around a "master"-teacher;...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Beatrice Garrard
History major, 2016
Nationalism and Cross-Cultural Influence in Contemporary Jewish Music
Research sites: Bucharest, Budapest, and Istanbul
Nicholas Levy
PhD candidate, History (3rd year)
Over-Developed Socialism? Steel Cities, Industrial Planning, and the Fate of...
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 9:00am - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 5:00pm

Oak Room, Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive

For conference agenda and information see event website:

Stanford University and Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Co-sponsored by: Office of the Provost; School of the Humanities and Sciences, Office of the Dean; Division of Literatures, Cultures, &...
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Reuben Hills Conference Room
Encina Hall East (Second floor)

The fate of a soldier serving in the Russian army in the First World War largely depended on luck and circumstances. But even though his own means of influencing his fate were limited, there were available certain active choices – such as shirking and desertion – that could turn his life around in both positive and negative ways. For Russian civil and military authorities, of course, desertion was a nuisance that was fought against by all available means. Sometimes, such as with physical punishment, these means only succeeded in lowering the already low morale and...

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:45pm
Cubberley Auditorium

485 Lasuen Mall


Film Screening of "Those Who Dare" (2015) with introduction by Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, 1988-1995. 

6:00-6:45pm: Reception
6:45-7:15pm: Introduction by Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, 1988-1995)
7:15-8:15pm Screening of the film
8:15-8:45pm Q&A with Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson

"Those Who Dare" outlines the Baltic nations’ (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania’s) struggle for the...

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Bishop Auditorium 
Lathrop Library
518 Memorial Way
Stanford University

BALTIC FILM SERIES AT STANFORD features the following films:

"Those Who Dare" (2015)
"Dangerous Summer" (2000)
"In the Crosswind" (2014)
"Land of Songs" (2015)


Monday, October 19

Opening Event
"Those Who Dare" (2015) Film Screening...
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
CISAC Central Conference Room
Encina Hall

Sponsored by: European Security Initiative, The Europe Center, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Global Studies Division

Co-sponsored with the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies and Stanford University

More information

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:30pm - Friday, November 13, 2015 - 9:15pm
Stanford Locations:
11/5/15: East Asia Library (Lathrop Library Building), Room 224 |
11/8/15: Cubberley Auditorium

The 5th Romanian Film Festival, themed "Travelling Shots: Families Beyond Boundaries," will be held at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University starting on Nov. 5th  and ending on Nov. 13th. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015
East Asia Library, Room 224, Lathrop Library building, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford Univ. (map)

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ALIYAH DADA by Oana Giurgiu, documentary, Romania, 2015...
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Encina Hall West, Room 219
417 Galvez Mall

This paper will be divided into three parts. First of all, the short summary of the book will be presented, so that the audience  is acquainted with the basic trends related to the anti-Jewish violence in the nineteenth century Lithuania. In the second part the situation in Lithuania will be compared to that in Belarus which is a very suitable region for comparison with Lithuania, when investigating anti-Jewish pogroms. At the beginning of the 1880s, when a wave of pogroms rippled through the southern part of the Russian Empire, the situation in the Lithuanian...

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...

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...

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Room 113
Pigott Hall, Building 260
Stanford University

This event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored with the Slavic Department at Stanford University.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 307, Building 200
Lane History Corner, 350 Serra Mall, Stanford University

Did an army liberate or occupy a territory? Was a certain war just or unjust? Was a particular historical event a freedom loving act or a terrorist act? Who were the perpetrators and who were the victims?  All these questions constantly surround us, and the answers define our relationship with contemporary phenomena, influence our political, social, everyday, private, and even economic decisions. This is why we are facing massive abuses of history. This lecture will show how education, and especially history teaching, became a crucial agent in the construction of memory....

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 5, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room (second floor)

THIS EVENT IS AT FULL CAPACITY. We are no longer accepting RSVPs. If you have RSVP'd but can no longer attend, please notify us at no later than three days prior to the event. 

Arguably, the EU finds itself in a major crisis, maybe the biggest since it was created more than half a century ago. There are at least five big challenges the organization has to cope with: the still unsolved Eurocrisis; imported terrorism and homegrown populism; a vastly unregulated mass immigraton; the possible...

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...

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

Encina Hall West, Room 219

The Gorbachev liberalization released a surge of popular interest in local history in Russia. The interest was especially intense in Leningrad, the former capital of the Russian empire, resplendent with cultural monuments. Communist leaders had shuttered societies of local history and culture in the 1930s and stifled efforts to recall past glories of the city and to preserve buildings that stood in the way of plans to reshape the urban landscape. The new policy of “openness” (glasnost’) allowed a grassroots movement of historic preservation to arise in defense of 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.

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...
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...

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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 8, 2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

McMurtry Building, Stanford University

Free and open to the public

RSVP requested.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Documentary Film

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: TBA

Free and open to the public

RSVP requested. 

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

Encina Hall West, Room 219, Stanford University

Open to Stanford affiliates

RSVP requested.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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

Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Research Center and The Freeman Spogli Institute

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:00pm - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:45pm
The Master Plan

Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University

April 27: THE MASTER PLAN (2016)
Cubberley Auditorium 
6:00-7:00pm: Reception 
7:00-7:15pm: Introduction by Liga Hoy, Latvian Honorary Consul in Northern California 
7:15-8:15pm: Screening of the film 
8:15-8:45pm: Q&A with Sanita Jemberga, Inga Spriņģe
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

McMurtry Building, Oshman Hall, Stanford University

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

Free and open to the public

RSVP requested.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Stanford Theater and Performance Studies

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...