Revolutionology Workshop: The Bolshevik Contagion

Friday, November 3 - Saturday, November 4

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Presenters at this two-day workshop, the first in a series sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium research project Revolutionology: Media and Networks of Intellectual Revolution, will focus on key texts and images emerging directly from the revolutionary struggle in Russia and the early Soviet Union. At issue are not only the discourse of revolutionary struggle, but also (even primarily) the media that formed and carried it forth and the networks of human actors that produced, received, disseminated and reproduced it. In addition to discussing the theoretical import of their texts, presenters will also present data either on its publication, dissemination and/or translation, or on the human networks that its publication fostered or articulated. This data will be used in the online component of Revolutionology, which should result in an interactive chronology and map of revolutionary media and networks.


David Bakhurst (Philosophy, Queens University)
Vladimir Lenin, Materialism and Empiriocriticism

Robert Bird (Slavic Languages and Literatures; Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution

Katerina Clark (Slavic Languages and Literatures; Comparative Literature, Yale University)
Rosa Luxemburg, The Russian Revolution

James Farr (Political Science, Northwestern University)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Sheila Fitzpatrick (History, University of Sydney, Australia; 2017-18 Visiting Fellow, Neubauer Collegium)
Nikolai Bukharin and Evgenii Preobrazhensky, The ABC of Communism

Martin Jay (History, University of California, Berkeley)
Georg Lukacs, History and Class Consciousness

Lars T. Lih (McGill University, Canada)
Karl Kautsky, The Road to Revolution

Artemy Magun (European University, St. Petersburg)
Vladimir Lenin, What Is to Be Done?

David Riff (Berlin)
Vladimir Lenin, "Lev Tolstoy as a Mirror of the Russian Revolution"