Stanford-Berkeley Conference

CREEES and UC Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies co-sponsor an annual joint conference. The first conference was held in Berkeley in 1977, and it has alternated campuses each year since. The list of conference topics is far-ranging and reflects more than three decades of advancing scholarship in the area.


2016 conference


March 4 (Fri)
9:45am - 5:00pm
Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom
The Clubhouse Building, 2nd floor, room 100
524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University
**The Clubhouse is located adjacent to Old Union and directly across from the Stanford University Bookstore in White Plaza.

Conference Program:

9:30am Registration and Breakfast

9:45am Opening Remarks


10:00am - 11:30am Panel One

“Dislocations/Relocations: The Armenian Century (1915-2015)”

Stephan Astourian, University of California, Berkeley

“Population Displacement in Lithuania in the 20th Century”

Tomas Balkelis, Stanford University

“International Norms and Ethnic Cleansing: the Case of Poland”

Jason Wittenberg, University of California, Berkeley

Chair: Norman Naimark, Stanford University


11:30am - 12:00pm Screening: Selections from "Logbook Serbistan" (Želimir Žilnik, 2015)

       Introduction by Pavle Levi, Stanford University


1:30pm - 3:00pm Panel Two

“Dislocating Art:  Eisenstein's Method

Karla Oeler, Stanford University

“Tell me where you live, and I'll tell you who you are: Using Translations for Comparative Concepts of Meaning and Linguistic History”

Ruprecht von Waldenfels, University of California, Berkeley

“Donbas Disintegrated: War Poetry and Poets From Both Sides of the Frontline”

Yuliya Ilchuk, Stanford University

Chair:  Jovana Knežević, Stanford University

3:00pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break


3:15pm - 4:45pm Panel Three

“'For Our Slavonic Future': Envisioning Czech Settlement Between America's West and the Slavic East, 1859-1873"

Michael Dean, University of California, Berkeley

“The Mental and Institutional Dislocation of the Security Services in 1954 and 1990-91”

Amir Weiner, Stanford University

“Legacies of the Soviet War in Afghanistan”

Robert Crews, Stanford University

Chair:  John Connelly, University of California, Berkeley


4:45pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks

Free and open to the public.

RSVP requested.

The closest Visitor parking is located behind Tressider Student Union in Lot 39. You may also find Visitor parking in nearby Lot 37, located adjacent to Lomita Drive and Santa Teresa Street. For more information on parking at Stanford University, please visit the Parking and Transportation website. For a map of the Stanford campus, please click here.

past conferences

2015  "The Collapse After a Quarter Century: What Have we Learned About Communism and Democracy?"

2014 "Emancipation"

2013 "The Politics in History in the Wake of Socialism"

2012 "From Prague Spring to Arab Spring: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Protest and Revolution, 1968-2012"

2011 "Varieties of Post-Socialism"

2010 "Memory and Media in Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia"

2009 "1989: Twenty Years Later"

2008 "Political Succession in Russia"

2007 "Ukraine: History and Society"

2006 "Glasnost' Evaluated: 1986-2006"

2005 "The Caucasus: Culture, History, Politics"

2004 "Spatial Form: Centers, Borders, and Construction of Difference in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia"

2003 "The Power of Ideas and Ideas of Power in Eastern Europe and Eurasia"

2002 "Political Violence in Russia and Eastern Europe"

2001 "Memories, Generations and Life Histories in the Making of Post-Communism"

2000 "Law, Legality and Justice in Russia and Eastern Europe"

1999 "The New Elites in Post-Communist Societies"

1998 "Religion, Politics and Spiritual Life in Russia, the USSR and the Post-Soviet Union"

1997 "The Invention of Tradition After Communism"

1996 "Strategies of Nationhood in Multi-ethnic Settings"

1995 "Time and Money in Russian Culture"

1994 "Russia and Her Neighbors"

1993 "The Disintegration of Multinational Communist States"

1992 "The Consequences of the Collapse of the Soviet Union"

1991 "Beyond Leninism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union"

1990 "The Nationalities Question: The Future of the Soviet Union"

1989 "The Future of Socialism in Eastern Europe"

1988 "Knowledge, Power, and Truth: Scholarship and the Humanities in the Gorbachev Era"

1987 "Reforming Socialist Systems: The Chinese and Soviet Experiences"

1986 "Windows on Soviet Society: Viewing the Soviet Union through Various Disciplines"

1985 "The Soviet Union in World War II: A Retrospective Assessment"

1984 "Current Trends in Eastern Europe"

1983 "The Soviet Union in World War II: A Retrospective Assessment"

1982 "The Soviet Union and the United States: Mutual Perceptions and Influences"

1981 "1905: A Point of Departure"

1980 "Twentieth Century Russia"

1979 "The Humanities and Social Sciences in the USSR: Current Studies and Trends"

1978 "The 30th Anniversary of the Cominform Resolution: An Appraisal of the Tito-Stalin Split"

1977 "Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago: An Appraisal"