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.


November 2, 2017

5pm
Gallery Talk with Christina Kiaer and Maria Gough
Smart Museum of Art

Focusing on a few key graphic works produced in the Soviet Union during the 1920s and '30s, the presenters will address questions of artistic agency under Stalin, as artists used both avant-garde and realist techniques to promote a new everyday life under socialism. Details >

 

Conference Agenda

November 3, 2017

9:30-10:00 
Coffee and breakfast

10:00-10:15 
Robert Bird (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
Introduction to Revolutionology

10:15-11:15 
James Farr (Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

11:15-11:30 
Break

11:30-12:30 
Artemy Magun (Dean, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Professor of Democratic Theory, European University at St. Petersburg)
Vladimir Lenin, State and Revolution

12:30-1:30 
Break

1:30-2:30 
Lars T. Lih (Course Lecturer, Music History/Musicology, McGill University)
Karl Kautsky, The Road to Revolution

2:30-2:45 
Break

2:45-3:45 
David Bakhurst (John and Ella G. Charlton Professor of Philosophy, Queen’s University)
Vladimir Lenin, Materialism and Empiriocriticism

3:45-4:00 
Break

4:00-5:00 
Sheila Fitzpatrick (Professor of History, University of Sydney; Visiting Fellow, Neubauer Collegium)
Nikolai Bukharin and Evgenii Preobrazhenskii, The ABC of Communism

5:00-6:00
Reception

November 4, 2017

9:30-10:00 
Coffee and breakfast

10:00-11:00 
Katerina Clark (Professor of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University)
Rosa Luxemburg, The Russian Revolution

11:00-11:15 
Break

11:15-12:15 
David Riff (Writer, Translator, Artist, Curator)
Vladimir Lenin, "Lev Tolstoy as a Mirror of the Russian Revolution"

12:15-1:00 
Break

1:00-2:00
Robert Bird (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
Lev Trotsky, Literature and Revolution

2:00-2:15
Break

2:15-3:15
Martin Jay (Ehrman Professor of European History, University of California, Berkeley)
Georg Lukacs, History and Class Consciousness

3:15-3:30
Break

3:30-3:45 
Closing Discussion

3:45-5:00
Walk-through Red Press (Special Collections Research Center) and Revolution Every Day (Smart Museum) exhibitions