Vladislav Zubok–November 24 at the Kennan Institute

November 23rd, 2015

To launch our new partnership with the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, we are very pleased to announce that the Russian History Seminar will convene in a special session on TUESDAY, November 24, 4:00-5:15 pmat the Woodrow Wilson Center (metro: Federal Triangle),  6th floor board room, to discuss the attached paper by Vladislav Zubok (LSE/WWICS), “Dmitrii Likhachev: Advocate of Old Russia.” The discussion will be followed by a happy hour at the Elephant and Castle, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Read the rest of this entry »

Mikhail Mamedov–December 4

November 23rd, 2015

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year on Friday, December 4, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Mikail Mamedov will present his paper, “Reading Aylisli’s Stone Dreams on the 100th Anniversary of the Great Catastrophe.” The paper is an exploration of the Azeri encounter through literature with the Armenian genocide in 1915, and is timed to coincide with this year’s centenary.

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Igor Fedyukin–September 11

September 9th, 2015

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year on Friday, September 11, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Igor Fedyukin (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) will present his paper, “The Projecteurs: The Enterprise of the Early Modern School in Russia.” Read the rest of this entry »

Robert I. Frost–September 4

August 25th, 2015

The Russian History Seminar will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, September 4, 4pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus.  (Note that this is a different start time than the regularly scheduled 5pm start time.) Robert I. Frost (University of Aberdeen) will present, “On Unions: The Polish-Lithuanian Union (1385 –1795) and Composite States in Early Modern Europe.” This is a talk (no paper) co-sponsored with the Early Modern Seminar.

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Nicole Eaton–May 8

May 7th, 2015

The Russian History Seminar will hold its last meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, May 8, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Nicole Eaton will present her paper, “German Bodies, Soviet Medicine: Ideology, Disease, and Contamination in Kaliningrad, 1945-1948.”

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Masha Kirasirova–March 27

March 22nd, 2015

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, March 27, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Masha Kirasirova (NYU Abu Dhabi) will present her paper, “’The East’ as a Category of Bolshevik Ideology, Stalinist Civilization, and Comintern Administration.”

Masha Kirasirova is Assistant Professor of History at NYU Abu Dhabi. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from New York University. Read the rest of this entry »

Mikhail Dolbilov–February 13

February 10th, 2015

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, February 13, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Mikhail Dolbilov (University of Maryland) will present his paper, “Loyalty and Emotion in Nineteenth-Century Russian Imperial Politics.” Read the rest of this entry »

Occupations and Liberations in World War II: New Research on the Soviet Experience

October 28th, 2014

International Conference

 Occupations and Liberations in World War II:

New Research on the Soviet Experience

October 31- November 1, 2014

Organizers: International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences – Higher School of Economics (HSE); United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Russian History Seminar of Washington, DC/Georgetown Institute for Global History. Read the rest of this entry »

Eric Lohr–November 7

October 28th, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, November 7, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Eric Lohr (Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture at American University) will present his paper co-authored with Uğur Ümit Üngör, “Economic Nationalism, Confiscation, and Genocide: A Comparison of the Ottoman and Russian Empires during World War I.” It is currently under consideration at the Journal of Modern European History. Mustafa Aksakal (Nesuhi Ertegun Chair of Modern Turkish Studies at Georgetown University) will be present for this discussion. Links to the scholarly biographies of Professors Lohr and Aksakal follow:

http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/elohr.cfm

http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/ma846/

Timothy Snyder–October 24

October 22nd, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, October 24, 4:00pm-5:15pm at the Mortara Center on the Georgetown University campus. Timothy Snyder will present his paper, “Double Occupations.” This is a chapter from his forthcoming book, “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.” Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Jenks–October 10

October 5th, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its second meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, October 10, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Andrew Jenks will present his paper, “Transnational History and Space-Age Collaboration, 1972–1985.”

Andrew Jenks is Professor at California State University at Long Beach and has recently begun an appointment as an editor of Kritika. He is author of three books: The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: the Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin (Northern Illinois, 2012); The Perils of Progress: Environmental Disasters in the Twentieth Century (Prentice-Hall, 2010); and Russia in a Box: Art and Identity in an Age of Revolution (Northern Illinois University Press. 2005). He has also published, among other works, “Iconography, Power, and Expertise in Imperial Russia,” The Donald W. Treadgold Papers in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies no. 42 (June 2004); and “From Center to Periphery: Palekh and Indigenization in the Russian Heartland, 1917-1933,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 3 (Summer 2002): 427-58.
 

Stephen Kotkin–September 19

September 12th, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, September 19, 5:00pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Stephen Kotkin (Princeton University) will present the chapter, “Smashed Pig,” from Stalin: Waiting for Hitler (the forthcoming vol. 2 of Stalin).

Russian History Seminar–Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Schedule

August 27th, 2014

Russian History Seminar of Washington, DC

Georgetown Institute for Global History (GIGH)

2014-2015 Schedule of Papers

 All seminars take place Fridays 5-6:15 pm unless otherwise noted. The location is Georgetown University, ICC 662 unless otherwise announced. All discussions are based on article-length texts pre-circulated one-two weeks in advance. To receive these texts and email announcements please contact Prof. M. David-Fox at md672@georgetown.edu. Read the rest of this entry »

Nathalie Moine–May 2

May 2nd, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its last meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, May 2, 5pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Nathalie Moine will present and discuss her paper, “Alexis Tolstoy Meets Professor Nikolaev, Kharkov 1943: The Soviet Intelligentsia, the Great Patriotic War and the War Crimes Documentation.”

Nathalie Moine is Chargée de recherche au CNRS in Paris and an affiliated faculty member of the Centre russe (CERCEC) of the EHESS. She is author of many notable publications and is currently heading the research project below. Read the rest of this entry »

Sabine Dullin–April 25

April 21st, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its last meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, April 25, 5pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. Sabine Dullin will give a talk about her forthcoming book, USSR at the Border, 1920-1940: The Politics, Imaginaire, and Everyday Life of a New State, to be followed by a discussion.

Sabine Dulliin is Professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Lille 3. She studied at the Ecole normale supérieure and received her PhD in 1998 and her Habilitation in 2010 from the Sorbonne. She is author of Des hommes d’influences. Les ambassadeurs de Staline en Europe, 1930-1939 (Paris, Payot, 2001), which appeared in English as Men of influence: Stalin’s diplomats in Europe, 1930-1939 (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2008), and which was translated into Russian and Czech. She is also author of the new edition of Histoire de l’URSS, 1917-1991 (Paris, La Découverte, collection Repères, 2009) and co-editor, with Sophie Cœuré, of Frontières du communisme. Mythologies et réalités de la division de l’Europe, de la révolution d’Octobre au mur de Berlin (Paris, La Découverte, 2007). She is author of numerous articles and chapters, including, in English, “Understanding Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy in a Geo-Cultural Perspective,” Kritika 12, 1 (2011): 161-181. She serves as Editor in chief of Monde(s). Histoire, espaces, relations.

David Brandenberger–April 4

March 23rd, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, April 4, 5pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. We will discuss the following paper by David Brandenberger: “The Fate of Soviet Interwar Internationalism: A Case Study of the Editing of Stalin’s 1938 Short Course on the History of the ACP(b).”

David Brandenberger is Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond and writes on Stalin-era propaganda, ideology, nationalism, and the personality cult. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1999 and his BA from Macalester College. In addition to a variety of articles in leading journals, he has published two books: National Bolshevism: Stalinist Mass Culture and the Formation of Modern Russian National Identity, 1931-1956 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002) and Propaganda State in Crisis: Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination and Terror under Stalin, 1928-1941 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). Brandenberger is presently preparing a critical edition of Stalin’s infamous 1938 Short Course on party history with Mikhail V. Zelenov for Yale University Press.

Don Ostrowski–March 21

March 19th, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, March 21, 5pm-6:15pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown University campus. We will discuss the following paper by Don Ostrowski: “Principles of Misattribution: The Kurbskii and Shakespeare Authorship Controversies Compared.”

Don Ostrowski is research advisor in the social sciences and lecturer at the Harvard Extension School, where he teaches worldhistory. His publications include Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589 (1998); The Povest’ vremennykh let: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis (2003); and (with Marshall Poe) Portraits of Old Russia: Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1725 (2011). He also chairs the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies’ Early Slavists Seminarsat Harvard University and is on the editorial board of Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies.

Matthew Romaniello–February 28

February 12th, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, February 28 at 5 pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown campus. We will discuss the following paper by Matthew P. Romaniello of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, “Sprouting New Habits: Tobacco in the Reigns of Anna Ivanovna and Elizaveta Petrovna.”

Matthew P. Romaniello is Associate Professor of History at University of Hawaii at Manoa and associate editor of The Journal of World History. He received his PhD and MA in history from Ohio State University, and a AB from Brown University. He is the author of The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (2012), and editor of European Encounters with Islam in Asia (2014) with Matthew Lauzon, Contested Spaces of Nobility in Early Modern Europe (2011) with Charles Lipp, and Tobacco in Russian History and Culture (2009) with Tricia Starks.  He is currently completing a monograph on the introduction and adoption of tobacco in imperial Russia, Consuming Tobacco: Russian Habits and Global Trade, 1600-1850, as well as a new edited volume with Tricia Starks, Embodying History: The Sensory in Russia since 1700.

Anne O’Donnell–February 7

February 6th, 2014

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, February 7 at 5 pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown campus. We will discuss the following paper by Anne O’Donnell (Harvard University), “Old Regime Valuables and New Regime Values: Valuation in Soviet Russia, 1917-1922.”

Anne O’Donnell is a postdoctoral Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University from 2013-2016. She received her AB from Princeton, her MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD from Princeton University, with a dissertation entitled, “A Noah’s Ark: Moscow, Material Life, and the Foundations of Soviet Authority, 1916-1924.”

Paul Bushkovitch–October 25

October 18th, 2013

The Russian History Seminar will hold its next meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Friday, October 25 at 5 pm in ICC 662 on the Georgetown campus. We will discuss the following paper by Paul Bushkovitch of Yale University: “Change and Culture in Early Modern Russia.”

Paul Bushkovitch was appointed the Reuben Post Halleck Professor of History at Yale in 2013. He specializes in Russian history through the 18th century, with an emphasis on state, religion, and empire. Bushkovitch received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He joined the Yale faculty in 1975 and served as chair of the Department of History 1992-1996. He is the author ofThe Merchants of Moscow 1580-1650 (1980), Religion and Society in Russia, the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (1992), (with Maija Jansson and Nikolai Rogozhin) “England and the North: the Russian Embassy of 1613-1614,” Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society 210 (1994), Peter the Great (2001), Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725 (2001), and A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge, 2012). He is currently working on two book projects:  “Succession to the Throne and the Problem of Absolutism in Russia 1598-1722,” and “The Image of the Monarch in Russia, 900-1740.”In 2011 he was honored by the publication of Religion and Identity in Russia and the Soviet Union: A Festschrift for Paul Bushkovitch, ed. Nikolaos Chrissidis, Cathy Potter, David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, and Jennifer Spock.