Slavic and Eurasian Studies

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

Tue, October 10, 2017
"The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917"

October 27–28, 2017, The University of Texas at Austin

See Agenda for Day 1: Fri, October 27, 2017
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712
9:00 AM - 6:15 PM
See Agenda for Day 2: Sat, October 28, 2017
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712
9:00 AM - 6:15 PM


* Watch the keynote talks by Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick and Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum *


CREEES is proud to host 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. The conference will feature two keynote speakers (Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick and Dr. 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, feminist 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. Choi Chatterjee
Dr. Steven Marks
Dr. Julia Mickenberg
Dr. Mary Neuburger
Dr. Steven Sabol

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 History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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