1917/2017 Symposium

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Date(s) - 02/11/2017 - 03/11/2017
All Day

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Fall symposium will focus on 1917 in its immediate context and also, reflect on the broadest implications of 1917 and a century of protest and revolution. The morning session will offer historical perspectives on the revolution in Russia, and will include scholars who will address the immediate and global reverberations of the revolution during the first decades after 1917. The afternoon will examine the state of radical political action, labor, and protest 100 years later and will focus on questions of work, precarity, and inequality.

Keynote Speaker (November 2, evening):
Boris Kolonitski, The resident senior research scholar at the St. Petersburg Institute of History at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor at the European University in St. Petersburg, Professor Kolonitski is the author of numerous scholarly works on the Russian revolution of 1917, including Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917 (with O. Figes, Yale University Press, 1999).

Session 1 (November 3, morning):
Jessica Graham, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California at San Diego. Her current book manuscript, Shifting the Meaning of Democracy: Racial Inclusion as a Strategy of the U.S. and Brazilian States, 1930-45, assesses Brazil and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.
Kristin Romberg Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Professor Romberg is is currently completing a monograph on the Russian Constructivist Aleksei Gan, provisionally entitled Constructivist Realism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism. For fall of 2017, she is contributing to the exhibition Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test.
Marcelo Flores, Professor of History at the University of Siena and director of the European Master in Human Rights and Genocide Studies at his university. He is the author of 9 award winning monographs, including: L’immagine dell’Urss. L’occidente e la Russia di Stalin (il Saggiatore, 1990) (The image of the USSR. The West and Stalin’s Russia).

Session 2 (November 3, afternoon): 
Ruthi Gilmore, Professor, Earth Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center, Professor Gilmore’s first book, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007), which ASA recognized with its Lora Romero First Book Award, examined how political and economic forces produced California’s prison boom.
Keeanga Taylor Assistant Professor, African American Studies, Princeton, is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s.
Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Ray specializes in  gender and feminist theory, postcolonial sociology, the emerging middle classes, paid domestic work, and social movements. Her publications include  Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes, co-edited with Amita Baviskar (Routledge 2011) and Handbook on Gender (Oxford University Press, India, 2012).
Maple Rasza, Associate Professor of Global Studies at Colby College, Professor Rasza is the author of “Bastards of Utopia:” The Radical Imaginary from the fall of Socialism to the Occupy Movement (Indiana University Press, 2014); He is also the creator of several documentary films central to the themes of our “Ten Days” project, and has agreed to introduce and screen his 2010 Bastards of Utopia (54 min) during one of the evenings of the Fall symposium. 

Film Screening (November 3, 7:30-9:30pm): 
Maple Rasza will introduce and screen his 2010 documentary film Bastards of Utopia (54 min), which will be followed by a discussion of the film.

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