Monthly Archives: September 2012

Program and Registration for Fall Meeting of MRHW

Attached is the preliminary program for the MRHW meeting at Notre Dame next October 5-6. It promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable meeting. If you are planning to come and haven’t registered yet, please do so by filling out this form: Workshop Registration. Having an accurate count of participants will be helpful as we plan meals and other logistics. The program for this season’s meeting can be found below.

Friday, October 5

1:30-2:50 Panel 1: Soviet Culture

Chair: Julia Fein (Rutgers University)

Sergei Zhuk (Ball State University), “The United States in the Soviet Interpretation under Stalin: From Lev Zubok to Aleksei Efimov”

Mike Westrate (University of Notre Dame), “My Address is the Soviet Union!’: Ethnicities and Nationalisms in Postwar Kharkiv”

2:50-3:10 Break

3:10-5:30 Panel 2: Muslim Borderlands of the Soviet Union

Chair: TBA

Ian Lanzillotti (Ohio State University), “Promoting State Interests, Preserving Interethnic Peace and Perpetuating National Animosity in the North Caucasus: The Making of Soviet Kabardino-Balkaria”

Leone Musgrave (Indiana University, Bloomington), Title TBA

4:30-4:50 Break

Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School), “Language Planning and National Development of Turkmenistan in the 1920s and 1930s”

6:30 Dinner at the Martins’

Saturday, October 6

8:30-11:00 Panel 3: Provincial Russian Society in the Imperial Era

Chair: John Davis (Ohio State University)

Mark Soderstrom (Aurora University), Title TBA

Ben Eklof (Indiana University, Bloomington), “The Revolution Betrayed: Nikolai Charushin, Vera Figner, Anna Kuvshinskaia and the Legacy of Populism”

9:50-10:10 Break

Nathan Gerth (University of Notre Dame), “Keep Calm and Carry On: The State’s Use of Soft Power in Tver’ Province during the Cholera Epidemic of 1848”

11:00-11:20 Break

11:20-12:50 Panel 4: Social History of Pre-Reform Russia

Chair: TBA

John Randolph (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “‘The Yammes’: Placing Imperial Russian Transportation Obligations in Comparative Perspective (1450-1850)”

John Bushnell (Northwestern University), “Old Believer Peasant Women Who Wouldn’t Marry: The Steksovo Estate of Sergei Mikhailovich Golitsyn (Late 18th—Mid-19th Centuries)”

1:00-2:30 Buffet Lunch and Planning Meeting

2:30-4:00 Panel 5: Soviet Culture in the Stalin Era

Chair: Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois University)

Julia Fein (Rutgers University), “Between Moscow and the Masses: Redefining the Local-Studies Museum in the 1930s”

Leah Goldman (University of Chicago), “(Over)producing the Work: ‘Ot vsego serdtsa’ at the Bolshoi Theater”

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Screening: “Tsar to Lenin”

This Saturday, a screening of “Tsar to Lenin”, the most complete cinematic account of the Russian Revolution of 1917, will be accompanied by a lecture from David North, “The Historical Significance and Enduring Political Relevance of the 1917 Russian Revolution” at Powells Bookstore in Chicago.
David North is the chairman of the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, and a principal leader in the Trotskyist movement. His efforts to clarify the historical record of the life and work of Leon Trotsky, in his book In Defense of LeonTrotsky, were recently recognized in Bertrand M. Patenaude’s review of Robert Service’s Trotsky: A Biography and In Defense of Leon Trotsky, which appeared in the American Historical Review in 2011.

Saturday, September 15, 6pm
Powells Bookstore, 1218 S Halsted, Chicago

Posted in: Chicago Events

Lecture: Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective

Lecture: Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective

Lecture at Loyola Lakeshore Sept. 17
“Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective”
Barbara Andaya, U. of Hawaii

4 pm
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Free and Open to the public

For information contact: Marcia Hermansen,

Posted in: Chicago Events