Program of International Conference "Projects of Modernity: Constructing the ‘Soviet’ in European Perspective"

Center for Comparative History and Political Studies of Perm State National Research University with the participation of the European University at Saint-Petersburg and the German Historical Institute in Moscow
is pleased to present the program of the International Conference 

Projects of Modernity: Constructing the ‘Soviet’ in European Perspective

June 24 – 26 2013, Perm
DOC-version Program
 

June 23

 

Participant arrival and hotel check-in. Optional sightseeing tour.

 

June 24

Conference Hall of the Academic Council. Perm State National Research University, building 1, 4th floor.

 

10.00 – 10.10 Welcoming Address

10.10 – 12.10 Soviet Narrative: Text and Context

Commentator: Jan Plamper (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK).

  • Olga Rosenblum. Biographical Narrative of the 1930-1940 and its functions (Russian State University of the Humanities).
  • Igor Narski, Pre-Soviet in form, Soviet in Content? On Two Family Texts of Late Stalinism (Сenter for Cultural History at South Ural State University).
  • Emilia Koustova, Life of a ‘Soviet Man’ in the Testimonials of Former Deportees from Eastern Europe (University of Strasbourg, France)
  • Marielle Wijermars, Dismantling ‘the Soviet’ as a means of re-appropriating its memory: An exploration of the deconstruction of Soviet exceptionalism and the layering of cultural memory in contemporary Russian television (University of Groningen, the Netherlands).

 

12.10 – 12.30 Coffee Break

 

12.30 – 14.30 Soviet Ideas: Life by the Codes of the Soviet World

Commentator: Alexander Dmitriev (National Research University Higher School of Economics).

  • Ilya Kukulin, Influence of Aleksandr Bogdan-Malinovskii’s Socio-Philosophical Ideas on Formation of Soviet Intelligentsia (National Research University Higher School of Economics; Center for Research in the Humanities at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)
  • Galina Yankovksaya.  Soviet Artists of 1930s-1970s: ‘Narodniki’ and ‘Naivy’ in the Institutional System of Soviet Art (Perm State National Research University).
  • Zinaida Vasilyeva, Samode’atel’nost’: in Search of Soviet Modernity (Institute of Ethnology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland).
  • Vladimir Ryzhkovskiy. Comparative Modernities: A History of German Bildung in a Soviet Key (Georgetown University, USA)

 

14.30 – 15.10 Lunch

 

15.10 – 16.40 Keynote Lecture.

Alain Blum. From the Soviet System to the Soviet Individual: Paradoxical Evolution of One Term (CERCEC, Research Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies).

 

16.40 – 17.00 Coffee Break

 

17.00 – 18.35 Raising the Soviet Subject

Commentator: Igor Narski (Сenter for Cultural History at South Ural State University).

  • Aleksandr Chaschukhin,‘If the Citizen of the USSR Does not Know the Constitution He Might Be Brought to Court’ Historical and Political Knowledge of Post-War Schoolchildren  (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Perm).
  • Anatoly Pinsky. The Empirical and the Independent: The Diaristic Form and Subjectivity under Khrushchev (European University at Saint Petersburg).
  • Aleksei Glushayev. Evangelical Believers in the Soviet Collective: Control and Identity Construction in the First Half of the 1960s (based on materials of the Perm oblast’) (Perm State Academy of Art and Culture).

18.40 Reception (Office of the Center for Comparative History and Political Studies)

June 25

Conference Hall of the Academic Council. Perm State National Research University, building 1, 4th floor.

 

 

10.00 – 12.00 Soviet Social Norms: Boarders and Margins

Commentator: Piotr Safronov (Center for Research in the Humanities at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

  • Evgenii Bershtein, Eisenstein, Sokurov and Androgyne (Reed College, USA).
  • Maria Galmarini, Help and the Construction of Gender Boundaries in the Soviet Homes for Mother and Child (1918-1928) (James Madison University, USA).
  • Alissa Klots,  Nannies in the Homes of the Soviet Elite: Transcending Boarders of Class, Ethnicity and Culture (Rutgers University, USA).
  • Maria Romashova, ‘People of Our Country Do Not Want to Grow Old!’: Old Age and Aging in Soviet Russia in the 1920-1950s. (Perm State National Research University).

 

12.00 – 12.20 Coffee Break

 

12.20 – 14.20 Socialist Anthropology: State, School and the Creation of the ‘New Man’ (Results of the Project of the Center for Research in the Humanities at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

Commentator: Oleg Leibovich (Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture).

  • Maria Mayofis, Pedagogy of Modernity?  Soviet ‘shestides’atniki’ and the Legacy of S. Shatskii, A. Makarenko and Ya. Korchak (Center for Research in the Humanities at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration).
  • Piotr Safronov, Modernization and De-modernization: Idea of Polytechnization in the Soviet Educational Policy  (Center for Research in the Humanities at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration).
  • Eszter Neumman, The Twilight Zone of Education in State-Socialist Hungary and the Reproduction of the Intellectual Elite  (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary).
  • Alexander Dmitriev, ‘Republican Level’: Re-thinking Ukrainian Pedagogical Tradition in the Post-Stalinist Epoch (National Research University Higher School of Economics).

 

14.20 – 15.00 Lunch

 

15.00 – 16.30 Keynote Lecture  

Jan Plamper. ‘One More Time on Unambiguity’ (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK).

 

16.30 – 16.50 Coffee Break

 

16.50 – 18.50 Soviet Space: Constructing and Appropriating

Commentator: Galina Yankovskaya (Perm State National Research University)

  • Jan Behrends, Constructing Moscow: Observations on a Changing Symbol of Soviet Modernity  (Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) Potsdam/ Humboldt University, Germany).
  • Nicholas Levy, Making the Skyline Soviet: The Construction of Moscow’s Vysotki and the Transformation of Soviet Urban Space  (Stanford University, USA).
  • Lyudmila Kuznetsova, The Space of the Soviet Resort: Freedom or Control? (Perm State National Research University).
  • Stanislav Savitskii,  Formation of the Park for Recreation and Leisure in Peterhof в Петергофе (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University).

 

June 26

Perm State National Research University, building 8, room 303

 

10.00 – 12.00 Soviet Institutions: Forms and Functions

Commentator: Alain Blum (CERCEC, CERCEC, Research Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies).

  • Vladislav Shabalin. ‘Skloka’ as a Means of Self-Regulation of Local Elites in the 1920s (Social and Historical Research Laboratory at National Research University Higher School of Economics).
  • Aleksandr Reznik. Communist and Conflict: Anthropology of Political Struggle in CPS(b) in 1923-1924  (Perm State National Research University).
  • Nikolai Mitrokhin, Department of propaganda at the Central Committee of the CPSU in the 1960-1980s as the Center of Production of the Soviet and Struggle Against the Anti-Soviet (Research Center for East European Studies at University of Bremen).
  • Anna Whittington, Soviet Peoples, Soviet People: State Patriotism and Unity in the Stalinist Soviet Union (University of Michigan, USA).

 

12.00 – 12.15 Coffee Break

 

12.15 – 13.50 Exporting the ‘Soviet’

Commentator: Viktor Voronkov (Center for Independent Sociological Research, Saint-Petersburg)

  • Elena Kochetkova,‘Western Factor’ in Soviet Modernization: the Case of Svetogorsk Self-Contained Paper Mill in 1950-1960s (European University at Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg).
  • Galina Orlova, Third-Level Contacts: Constructing the Soviet Version of Big Science from Obnisk Nuclear Physicists’ Experiences Abroad (Southern Federal University, European Humanities University).
  • Aleksei Popov, Exporting the Soviet Model of Holiday Travel Abroad: the Case of Divided Germany (Crimean Institute of Economics, Ukraine).

 

13.50 – 14.20 Lunch

14.20 – 19.30 Trip to Gulag Museum at Perm-36

19.30- 21.00 Closing Dinner.

 

Participants with online poster presentations:

  • Elizabeth Bishop. Constructing the ‘Soviet’ Among Iraqi Radio Listeners, 1950-1958 (Texas State University, USA)
  • Dunja Dogo. Glorification of Russian conspirators in early Soviet cinematography: the image of S. G. Nechaev and S. N. Khalturin  (University of Siena, Italy).
  • Natalia Zhidkova. Moscow International Film Festival: History of Adaptation of a Western Institution in the Country of Soviets  история адаптации  западного института в стране Советов (Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture, Saint Petersburg).
  • Elizaveta Zhdankova, Movie Theaters in the USSR Through the Eyes of Cinemagoers (European University at Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg Historical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
  • Aleksei Zakharchenko,   Economic Improprieties and Imitation of Labor as a Form of Adaptation to Camp Environment (the Case of Bezym’anlag, 1941-1942). (Povolzhye Branch of Historical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Samara).
  • Aleksandra Kasatkina. Dacha/Country House – autonomous Space of the Modern Subject (Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg).
  • Vladimir Nevezhin, The Ceremony  of Stalin’s Diplomatic Receptions in 1941—1945  (Historical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
  • Olga Nikonova, Sovietness as a Personal Revolution (an Attempt at Deconstructing one Autobiography). (South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk).
  • Olga Smol’ak, «I Do Needlework with Pleasure»: Discourse of Hand-Made in Soviet Women’s Magazines in 1970-1980s (Perm State Academy of Art and Culture).
  • Natalia Starostina-Trubitsina, Social and Geographical Mobility in Formation of the Soviet Civilization in the Post-War Years (Emory University, USA)
  • Aleksandr Foki, “Full Development of Communism” as a Manifestation of Soviet Public Politics. (Chelyabinsk State University).
  • Jacob Frank. The 'Soviet' as an Political Ideal – The Bavarian Soviet Republic 1919 (Henrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany).
  • Elena Yushkova, Creating the New Soviet Man in the Moscow School of Isadora Duncan during the 1920s (Independent Scholar).