Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Lecture Series

2017-18 Lecture Series
The Revolution on My Mind: 1917-2017

Organized by Serguei Oushakine
Department of Anthropology/Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Russian Revolution occurred 100 years ago this year, and it dramatically influenced the course of the century that followed.  Working on the Revolution over the course of a career has also changed the assumptions, convictions and careers of the historians who have tried to understand it.

The Centennial Lecture Series at Princeton University will feature ten prominent historians of the Revolution whose work has provided most of what we now know about that event.  In this series, I have asked these scholars to reflect on the Revolution and the way it has changed the way that they think about writing history.

Borrowing its title from Jochen Hellbeck’s pioneering study of the transformative power of the revolutionary process,  the series explores complicated networks of relations between history, power, and the self.


4:30 p.m.
A71 Louis A. Simpson Building

Tuesday, September 28 at Noon
The Russian Revolution: A Personal Journey
Yuri Slezkine, University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, October 17
Lessons of October: What We Should Have Learned About the Revolutions of 1917
Ronald Suny, University of Michigan

Tuesday, November 14
Intelligentsia and Revolution, Revisited
Jane Burbank, New York University

Tuesday, November 28
Writing the Russian Revolution
Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Chicago

Tuesday, December 12
The Story of My Revolution -- Revisited
Jochen Hellbeck, Rutgers University

Tuesday, February 6
1917, 1927, 1937: Vicissitudes of the Communist Self
Igal Halfin, Tel Aviv University

Tuesday, February 27
The Revolutions of 1917 in Cultural Memory and Academic Scholarship: A Self-Study of a Historian
Boris Kolonitskii, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, March 27
Waiting Long Enough for 1917: Reflections of an Imperial Russian Historian
Laura Engelstein, Yale University

Tuesday, April 10
Centennial Reflections: Reconsidering the Fate of the All-Russian Constituent Assembly
Alex Rabinowitch, Indiana University, Bloomington

Tuesday, May 1
From Necessity to Freedom: How a Utopian Impulse Carried Me Beyond the Disenchantment of Outcomes
Mark Steinberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign