The trauma that never was? Politics of memory, cultural trauma, everyday ethnicity: Trianon and the Holocaust in historical perspective

April 1 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Gábor Egry, CREEES Visiting Scholar

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.

The trauma that never was?

Translating Cultures: Balkan Responses to European Migrant Crisis

April 4 (Mon) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Tomislav Longinović, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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 to the issue of national boundaries and their permeability in the ongoing migration crisis. This lecture uses the innovative methodology of cultural translation to analyze this phenomenon by calling for a new understanding of language, space and identity in the Balkans in particular and Europe in general.

Symposium: Vertov and After

April 8 (Fri) - 9:00am - 4:00pm

with Nariman Skakov, Robert Bird and Jean-Gabriel Périot, Stanford University, University of Chicago and Film Director, respectively

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

The Gates of Europe: The History of Ukraine

April 14 (Thu) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

with Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University

Location: TBA

Free and open to the public

RSVP requested. 

Seminar: The Fall of the Soviet Union

April 15 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University

Encina Hall West, Room 219, Stanford University

Open to Stanford affiliates

RSVP requested.

Film Screening: "Plastic Jesus"

April 25 (Mon) - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

with Lazar Stojanović, Director

McMurtry Building, Oshman Hall, Stanford University

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

Baltic Film Series

April 27 (Wed) - 6:00pm - May 23 (Mon) - 8:45pm

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
The Master Plan explores the methods through which Russia influences the domestic policy of the Baltic States – by dividing the local community, promoting nostalgia for the Soviet Union and dismissing the recovered independence of the Baltic States. The documentary features comments by experts like Anne Applebaum, Lev Gudkov, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Julian Lindley-French, Artemy Troitsky, Edward Lucas, et al. The Master Plan is a joint production by a group of journalists from the Baltic States and the Mistrus Media (Latvia), Monoklis (Lithuania) and Allfilm (Estonia) film studios. 
The documentary was produced in collaboration with the Re:Baltica Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Red Dot Media film studio, the public broadcasting organisations (LTV, ERR, LRT), national film centers of Latvia and Lithuania, the Creative Europe program of the European Commission, the Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Co-sponsored with the Freeman Spogli Institute.
The Master Plan

“Free to Rock” (2014) Film Screening

May 3 (Tue) - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

with Jim Brown and Nick Binkley, Director and Producer

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