1917 Centenary – The Russian Revolution in Historical Perspective

Keynote Roundtable

Saturday, 1 April, 17:45-19:00 – Auditorium

Chair: Peter Waldron (University of East Anglia)
Speakers : Natalia Pushkareva (President of the Russian Association for Research in Women’s History)
Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)
Julie Curtis (University of Oxford)
Christopher Read (University of Warwick)
Mark Harrison (University of Warwick)

Natalia Pushkareva

Natalia Pushkareva

Professor Natalia Pushkareva is Chief Research Fellow and Head of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences. She is President of the Russian Association for Research in Women’s History (RAIZhI) and Member of the Board of the International Federation for Research in Women's History. Her research interests include gender history, the history of family relations, social anthropology, and the history of sexuality in Medieval, Modern and contemporary Russia.  She has published widely, in Russian and in English, in the academic and popular press. Her works include: Women in Medieval Rus (Moscow, 1989); Women in Russia and Europe at the Dawn of the Modern Age (Moscow, 1996), Women in Russian History from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century (Sutton Publishing, 1997), Private Life of Russian Women: Bride, Spouse, Mistress (Moscow, 1997); Sexual Culture in Russia from the 10th to the XIXth c. (Moscow, 1999), Russian Women: Past and Present (Moscow, 2002); Gender Theory and Historical Sciences (St Petersburg, 2007). She sits on a number of international Editorial Boards: for the book series Gender Studies in the Humanities (St Petersburg), Gender Studies (Kharkov, Ukraine), Adam & Eve: Yearbook of Gender History (Moscow), Glasnik etnografskogo instituta SANU (Croatia), Blgarska Etnologia (Bulgaria), Aspasia: Yearbook of Gender History (Netherlands).

Richard Sakwa

Richard Sakwa

Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. After graduating in History from the London School of Economics, he took a PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham. He held lectureships at the Universities of Essex and California, Santa Cruz, before joining the University of Kent in 1987. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs. Books include Communism in Russia: An Interpretative Essay, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010 (with a Russian version published by Rosspen in 2011), The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky - Yukos Affair (London and New York, I. B. Tauris, 2014) and Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (London and New York, Routledge, 2014). His latest book is Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, an extended paperback version of which was published by I. B. Tauris in 2016. He is currently working on Russia against the Rest: The Post-Cold War Crisis of World Order (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).

Julie Curtis

Julie Curtis

Julie Curtis is a Professor of Russian Literature and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford.  She is the author of three books about Mikhail Bulgakov, the most recent a new biography published by Reaktion Books in February 2017. She has also written a biography of Evgeny Zamiatin (ASP, 2013), and co-edited the 2011 scholarly edition in Russian of his novel Мы. Her current research projects (under the auspices of the AHRC OWRI grants awarded to the Universities of Oxford and Manchester) are on 21st-century theatre in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Chris Read

Chris Read

Chris Read is Professorial Fellow in Modern European History at the University of Warwick. He has written widely on the social, political and cultural history of Russia in the revolutionary period. His most recent books are: War and Revolution in Russia 1914-1922: The Collapse of Tsarism and the Establishment of Soviet Power, Palgrave, London, 2014 and the biographies Lenin: A Revolutionary Life, Routledge London 2005 and, most recently, Stalin: From the Caucasus to the Kremlin, Routledge London 2017.

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison is a professor of economics at the University of Warwick and a research fellow of the University of Birmingham. He has worked on the economic history of the Soviet Union and of the two world wars. His current research is on KGB surveillance. His latest book is One Day We Will Live Without Fear (Hoover Institution Press, 2016).

Reflection on the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Keynote Roundtable

Friday, 31 March, Auditorium 17:30-19:00

Chair: Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)
Speakers: Gennady Burbulis (State Secretary of Russia, 1991-92)
Leonid Kravchuk (First President of Ukraine, 1991-94)
Stanlislau Shushkevich (First Head of State of Independent Belarus, 1991-94)

Panel organizer: Dr Ilya Permyakov  and the PHENOMEN TRUST

We would like to thank the PHENOMEN TRUST for its generous support in organising this event.

Gennady Eduardovich Burbulis

Gennady Eduardovich Burbulis

(Russian: Геннадий Эдуардович Бурбулис; born August 4, 1945) is a Russian politician. A close associate of Boris Yeltsin, he held several high positions in the first Russian government, including Secretary of State, and was one of the drafters and signers of the Belavezha Accords on behalf of Russia. He was one of the most influential Russian political figures in the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of the main architects of Russian political and economic reform.

Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk

Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk

(Ukrainian: Леонід Макарович Кравчук; born 10 January 1934) is a former Ukrainian politician and the first President of Ukraine, who served from 5 December 1991, until his resignation on 19 July 1994. He is also a former Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and People's Deputy of Ukraine serving in the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) faction. After a political crisis involving the President and the Prime Minister, Kravchuk resigned from the Presidency, but ran for a second term as President in 1994. He was defeated by his former Prime MinisterLeonid Kuchma, who served as President for two terms. After Kravchuk's presidency, he was active in Ukrainian politics, serving as a People's Deputy of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada and the leader of Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united)'s parliamentary group (from 2002 to 2006). He is currently retired from politics.

Stanislau Stanislavavich Shushkevich

Stanislau Stanislavavich Shushkevich

Belarusian: Станісла́ў Станісла́вавіч Шушке́віч Łacinka: Stanisłaŭ Stanisłavavič Šuškievič
Russian: Станисла́в Станисла́вович Шушке́вич

(Born December 15, 1934 in Minsk) is a Belarusian politician and scientist. From September 28, 1991 to January 26, 1994 he was the first leader and head of state of independent Belarus after the dissolution of the Soviet Union (Chairman of the Supreme Soviet - also chairman of Parliament). He supported free market and democratic reforms and played a key role in the creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States. As a scientist, he is a Corresponding Member of the Belarusian Academy of SciencesDoctor in Physics and Mathematics, recipient of various state awards, professor, and the author and originator of textbooks and over 150 articles and 50 inventions.

1917 Centenary – Studying the Russian Revolution

Keynote Roundtable

Friday, 31 March, Auditorium 12:30-13:30

Chair: Judith Pallot (BASEES President, University of Oxford)
Speakers: Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham)
Steve Smith (University of Oxford)
Boris Kolonitskii (European University as St Petersburg)

Sarah Badcock

Sarah Badcock

Sarah Badcock is Associate Professor in history at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on Russia in the late Imperial and revolutionary periods. She is interested in comparative perspectives on questions of punishment, free and unfree labour, and penal cultures. Her most recent book, A prison without walls? Eastern Siberian exile in the last years of Tsarism will be published by Oxford University Press in November 2016. She spent several years researching ordinary people’s experiences of the Russian revolution. This research culminated in a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2007, Politics and the People in Revolutionary Russia; A provincial history. Badcock’s interest in regional perspectives on the Russian revolutions continued with a collaborative project, and she recently published an edited collection of essays exploring Russia’s revolutions from regional perspective, along with her friends and colleagues Liudmila Novikova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and Aaron Retish (Wayne State University), entitled Russian Home Front In War And Revolution, 1914-22: Book 1. Russia’s Revolution In Regional Perspective. (Slavica, 2015). 

Daniel Orlovsky

Daniel Orlovsky

Professor Daniel Orlovsky is a specialist in the history of the Provisional Government after the February Revolution of 1917 and he continues to study the history of a much understudied hidden class of Soviet citizens, people who were neither workers nor peasants—the white collar “employees” of the Soviet
Union between 1918 and 1956.

He has held numerous grants for research in the former U.S.S.R. and Russia and has published on the social and cultural history of the Russian Revolution and early Soviet state building. 

Orlovsky’s major contributions have been the notion of a revolution of the lower middle strata in the society and politics of the Russian Empire and its successor regimes and the application of theories of corporatism to the institutional, social and political history of the turbulent years, 1914-1921.

He coordinated a project on the future of Soviet studies at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington D.C. The results were published as Beyond Soviet Studies. His latest work, a history of the Russian Provisional Government of 1917, entitled Russia’s Democratic Revolution, is forthcoming.

Boris Kolonitskii

Boris Kolonitskii

Boris Kolonitskii is Professor of the Study of the Russian Revolution at the European University at St. Petersburg and a Head Research Fellow at the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Boris Kolonitskii is a leading expert on the cultural and political history of late imperial and revolutionary Russia, in which he has developed new approaches to tracing the shifts in popular and elite responses topolitical crisis, particularly as reflected in the media of popular and street culture—cartoons, magazines, posters, and rumors. His works on 1917 include many articles and books, including Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917 (Yale University Press, 1999) and Tragicheskaya erotika: Obrazy imperatoskoi sem’i v gody Pervyi mirovoi voiny [Tragic Erotica: Images of the Royal Family During WWI] (Moscow, 2010).

‘East European Art History facing Post-Colonial Theory’

Prof Piotr Piotrowski

Prof Piotr Piotrowski

Prof Piotr Piotrowski

The final keynote talk of the BASEES 2014 Annual Conference by Prof Piotr Piotrowski.

 

 

Professor Piotr Piotrowski is Professor ordinarius of Modern Art History at Adam Mickiewicz 
University, Poznan. He is interested in the social and political history of modern and 
contemporary art in Central and Eastern Europe, and has published In the Shadow of Yalta. 
Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989 (London, 2009) and Art and 
Democracy in Post-Communist Europe (London, 2012). 


Andrei Sannikov in conversation with Prof Stephen Hutchings

Andrei Sannikov

Andrei Sannikov

Andrei Sannikov

2010 Belarus presidential candidate, Andrei Sannikov, talks with Prof Stephen Hutchings on day one of the BASEES 2014 Annual Confernce. 

 

 

Andrei Sannikov is a Belarusian politician and activist. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus from 1995 until 1996, having previously headed the Belarusian delegation to the Nuclear and Conventional Weapons Armament Negotiations. He was one of the founders of Charter 97 in Belarus, and stood as a candidate in the Belarus presidential elections in 2010. In 2005 he was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for accomplishments in human rights.

‘Would Pussy Riot Have Been Better Off in Guantanamo?’

Prof Judith Pallot

Prof Judith Pallot

Professor Judith Pallot

From the first day of the BASEES 2014 Annual Conference, Prof Judith Pallot presents our first keynote. 

 

 

Professor Judith Pallot is Professor of the Human Geography of Russia at Oxford University. 
She has a long-standing interest in the Russian peasantry, publishing Land Reform in Russia, 
1906-1917: Peasant Responses to Stolypin's Project of Rural Transformation (Oxford, 1999), 
and is an authority on Russia’s penal geography, leading a major research project entitled 
‘Space and Gender in Russia's Geography of Punishment’. 


‘A Russian Downton Abbey? Telling Stories from the Eastern Front’

Prof Adele Lindenmeyr

Taken from the final day of the 2013 BASEES Annual Conference, Professor Adele Lindenmeyr from Villianova University USA presents: ‘A Russian Downton Abbey? Telling Stories from the Eastern Front’

Professor Adele Lindenmeyr is Professor of History and Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA. Her books include Poverty is Not a Vice: Charity, Society and the State in Imperial Russia (1996), which was awarded the Heldt Prize for the best book published by a woman in Slavic Studies. Professor Lindenmeyr was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies in 2003. 

Prof Adele Lindenmeyr


Luke Harding in conversation with Stephen White

 

Presented on the second day of the BASEES annual conference, Luke Harding from the Guardian in discussion with Prof Stephen White (University of Glasgow).

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with The Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. His book Mafia State: How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia, was published by Guardian Books in 2011. He is currently based at The Guardian's office in London. 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Harding

Luke Harding

Professor Stephen White

Professor Stephen White


‘Religious Organisation and the Legacy of Communism in East-Central Europe’

 

Prof Sabrina Ramet

 

Prof Sabrina Ramet

Prof Sabrina Ramet

The first of two talks from the second day of the BASEES annual conference, Professor Sabrina Remet presents ‘Religious Organisation and the Legacy of Communism in East-Central Europe’.
 

Professor Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Her expertise lies in the area of central and east European politics and culture and she has published The Three Yugoslavias:  State-building and Legitimation, 1918—2004 (2006) and Civic and Uncivic Values in Macedonia (2013). Professor Ramet is a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences & Letters. 


Towards a Greater Europe: Problems and Paradoxes

Prof Richard Sakwa

Prof Richard Sakwa

Taken from our annual BASEES conference, Professor Richard Sakwa presents his talk 'Towards a Greater Europe: Problems and Paradoxes'

Professor Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and East European Politics at the University of Kent. A leading expert on the politics of contemporary Russia, his books include The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession (2011), The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin, and the Yukos Affair (2009) and Russian Politics and Society (4th edn., 2008). Professor Sakwa is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.