CFP: International Conference “Construction and Deconstruction of the 1917 Revolution Memory in Contemporary Russia”
Deadline: June 1st, 2016
26-27th October 2017
Construction and Deconstruction of the 1917 Revolution Memory in Contemporary Russia
Université de Grenoble Alpes (France)
In this conference, the point will be to review the memory/memories of the revolutionary moment of 1917 kept and (re)constructed by Russian contemporary society. Through this memorial construction, Russia seeks its place in history. But this construction also unveils the transformations undergone by Russia after the fall of the USSR. The scale of the analysis will be twofold: at state level, implying the decisions by the present Russian powers in the field of Revolutionary memory; and socio- culturally, implying the analysis of the multiple modes in which people relate to the Revolution depending on the social groups, the discursive models opted for, the forms of opposition or reference, as well as the private and public contexts in which recalling the Revolution makes sense today.
Although the revolutionary moment of 1917 had repercussions on numerous geopolitical and cultural areas, this conference will focus on the sense-making process that the Revolution elicits in Russia within its present borders. The 1917 Revolution has been interpreted in various ways through the years. We shall concentrate on studying how the relation to the revolutionary period has evolved between the late 1980ies and today. The conference will also provide an opportunity to revisit the very terms used to describe the events of 1917: “revolution”, “revolt”, “putsch”, “riot”, “coup” to quote but a few.
This conference is coupled with a conference organized by EUR’ORBEM (Université Paris Sorbonne Paris IV, http://eurorbem.paris-sorbonne.fr) which will focus on the history of the Russian Revolution. Further information about this conference will be provided later.
The propositions for papers, approximately 5000 signs long, shall be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 1st of June 2016. They shall come with a biographical notice of the author. The managing committed shall inform the authors of the selection result on the 22nd of June 2016.