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.  

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

Encina Hall West, Room 219


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

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

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

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

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

Bing Concert Hall

Pan-Asian Music Festival

Celebration of Asia Concert

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

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

Sounds of Music from Asia: A Family Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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...
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...

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....

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...

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...

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...
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...

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

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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...

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;...

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 "...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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, &...