Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Conference: "The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917"

Day 2

Sat, October 28, 2017 | TBA

The conference, "The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917", in commemoration of the hundred-year anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, will be held under the auspices of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas, Austin, on October 27-28, 2017. The conference will feature two keynote speakers (Sheila Fitzpatrick and Lisa Kirschenbaum), and will consist of a series of panels convened over the course of two days in which we will discuss pre-circulated papers submitted by participants. 

 The essays will be published in three volumes by Slavica Press as part of the transnational project entitled Russia’s Great War and Revolution, as well as in a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History. The Slavica three-volume project on the global impact of the Russian Revolution rescues the history of the left from the history of Soviet communism. The revolution of 1917 brought not just the Bolshevik Party to power, but also made communism, a profoundly oppositional ideology into an ideology of the state. The merging of state and revolution resulted in the hybrid political structure that was the Soviet Union where the interests of the state, i.e. the consolidation of power, modernization, welfare, as well as the defense of geographical borders, collided with a universal ideology that aimed to represent all of humanity. As the Soviet state grew in power and the Communist International slowly subsumed independent left-wing organizations, the original impulses of anarchist, populist, religious and socialist thought, revolutionary consciousness and behavior, and the emotional networks of sympathizers, donors, and fellow travelers that sustained the ecology of the left in the nineteenth and early twentieth century never really died, but went underground, emerging in different locales in different guises. The fight was a long and bitter one and  in our conference the participants will consider the “the wider arc of revolution” in the twentieth century.


Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick: "Was the Russian Revolution a failure?"

Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum: "Reframing Slavic Studies and the Global Impacts of 1917"


Dr. Mary Neuburger

Dr. Julia Mickenberg

Dr. Choi Chatterjee

Dr. Steven Sabol

Dr. Steven Marks

Speaker List:

  • Dr. Jurgen Buchenau: "The Bourgeois Revolution Contemplates the Worker's Revolution: Mexico, 1917-1929"
  • Dr. Choi Chatterjee: “Women in Red. American Women and Bolshevik Revolution”
  • Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick: "Was the Russian Revolution a failure?"
  • Dr. Sabine Hake: “Germany’s Failed October and the Rewriting of the Revolutionary Fantasy”
  • Dr. Ali Igmen: "Life is Good, Brother: Romantic Ottoman Communist, Nazim Hikmet"
  • Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum: "Reframing Slavic Studies and the Global Impacts of 1917"
  • Dr. Daniel Kowalsky: “The Bolshevik Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939”
  • Dr. Steven Marks: "Workers of the World Unite for a White South Africa": The Red Scare and the Origins of Apartheid"
  • Dr. Afshin Matin-asgari: "The Bolshevik Revolution's Impact on 20th Century Iran"
  • Dr. Sandra McGee Deutsch: "A Labor Filled With Love": Communists, Women, and Solidarity in Argentina, 1930-1946"
  • Dr. David McDonald: "1917 in a Canadian Corner of the Russian Diaspora:  Dreaming of Dukhobor'e"
  • Dr. Elizabeth McGuire: "Cherchez La Femme: Russian Women and the Sino-Soviet Revolution"
  • Dr. Julia Mickenberg: "A Flapper in Russia: American Women and the Soviet Dream"
  • Dr. Kristin Mulready-Stone: "Impact of the Russian Revolution on the Chinese Youth Movement, 1917-1925"
  • Dr. Sandra Pujals:“Becoming Jaime Nevares: Imagination, False Identity and Historical Misconstruction in the Communist International’s Latin American Network, 1925-1979"
  • Dr. Erik van Ree: "A dream come true: eyewitnesses of the October Revolution"
  • Dr. Steven Sabol: "America Unhinged: The Transformation of Anti-Germanism into Anti-Bolshevism, 1917-1920"
  • Andrea Scott, Ph.D. Candidate: "Los Sovieticos y la cultura popular: Russian Socialist Infiltration of Post-Revolutionary Mexican Nationalism"
  • Dr. Michael Silvestri: "'Those Dead Heroes Did Not Regret the Sacrifices They Made': 
    Responses to the Russian Revolution in Revolutionary Ireland, 1917-1923"
  • Dr. Rianne Subijanto: "Openbare Vergaderingen and the Public Sphere in the Indonesian Communist Movement"
  • Dr. Hari Vasudevan: "India and the Russian Revolution. Nationalism, Communism and the politics of the Colonial Question"
  • Dr. Jeff Wasserstrom: "Chinese Visions of Russian Reforms and Russian Revolutions"
  • Dr. Bob Weinberg: "The Bolsheviks Come to Power: Good or Bad for Jews?"
  • Dr. Glennys Young: "Globalizing the Local: The Russian Revolution, Refugees, and Seattle"



Sponsored by: the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of History, the Institute for Historical Studies, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the South Asia Institute, the Department of American Studies, the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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