Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004856, Sat, 4 Mar 2000 09:42:29 -0800

Russian Culture Conference at Ohio State, April 2000 (fwd)
EDITOR's NOTE. Although only one of the listed papers deals with Nabokov,
the general theme of the conference is of interest to Slavist Nabokovians.

From: "William K. Wolf" <Wolf.5@osu.edu>
Subject: Russian Culture Conference at Ohio State, April 2000

"Negotiating Cultural Upheavals: Icons, Myths, and Other Institutions of
Cultural Memory in Modern Russia, 1900-2000"

An Interdisciplinary Russian Culture Conference
April 13-15, 2000
Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio


5-7pm--Registration, Reception
7pm--Opening Remarks: Irene Masing-Delic (Ohio State U)
7:15pm--Keynote Address
VIKTOR YEROFEYEV (Moscow) "The Misadventures of Humanism in Russia"
Introduction by: Galina Rylkova (Ohio State U)

9-11 am
PANEL I: "The Strategies of Appropriation"
Chair: Sara Dickinson (Ohio State U)
ALEKSANDR ETKIND* (European U) "Vanguard Looking Backward: Popular Sects in
the Political Imagination of the Russian Revolution"
MICHAEL MAKIN (U of Michigan): "Whose Klyuev?"
WILLIAM NICKELL (UC Santa Cruz): "Tolstoy as Mirror of Cultural Change"
GALINA RYLKOVA (Ohio State U): "A Silver Lining to the Russian Clouds: The
Myth of the Silver Age in the Twentieth Century"

11:15am-12:15pm--Keynote Address
SHEILA FITZPATRICK (U of Chicago): "Reflections on Cultural Upheaval in
Twentieth-Century Russia"
Introduction by: Michael David-Fox (U of Maryland)


PANEL II: "Perfecting the Past Imperfect"
Chair: George Kalbouss (Ohio State U)
ANGELA BRINTLINGER (Ohio State U): "Bridging the Border:Creating a Usable
Past in Soviet Russia and Russia Abroad in the Late 1920s"
IVAN ESAULOV* (Russian State Humanities U): "V poiskakh utrachennoi Rossii"
LEONID LIVAK (Grinnell College): "Toward the Semiotics and Cultural
Mythology of Russian Literary Activity in Emigration"
PAUL ROBINSON (Royal Military College of Canada): "Gallipoli, the White
Idea, and Modern Russia"

3:30-4pm--Coffee Break

Panel III: "Negotiating an Identity Crisis"
Chair: Helena Goscilo (U of Pittsburgh)
DONALD WRIGHT (Tulane U): "The Russian Army, National Celebrations, and the
Construction of Patriotic Identity, 1906-1913"
ANNA KRYLOVA (John Hopkins U): "It is Difficult for You to Understand Us:
The Stalinist Person as Our Generation"
EVGENII BERSHTEIN (Reed College): "Sexual Identities in Russian Symbolism:
Viacheslav Ivanov and Pavel Florenskii"
BRIAN BAER (Kent State U): "The Silver Age and the Re-Construction of a Gay
Past in Russia: Texts & Contexts"

Panel IV: "Over and Under the Barriers"
Chair: Jean Laves (U of Chicago)
KELLY HEROLD (Grinnell College): "Artistic Memory as Icon and Myth in the
Autobiographies of Vladimir Nabokov"
BRIAN HOROWITZ (U of Nebraska): "Recesses of Humanism: Semen Dubnov's
'Jewish Autonomism' in the Context of Russian History"
RUTH RISCHIN (Independent Scholar): "In the Shades of Spain: Gorky's Last
Legacy to Hebrew Literature"
KATERINA CLARK* (Yale U): "Thinking National Cultural Identity at a Time of
Crisis: Soviet Intellectuals and German Exiles in Moscow, 1935-1938"

11:15am 12:15pm
Keynote address
IRENE MASING-DELIC (Ohio State U): "What Makes a Good Mediator: the Case of
Maxim Gorky"
Introduction by: Anelya Rugaleva (Ohio State U)


Panel V: "Facing Post-Soviet Abyss"
Chair: David Hoffmann (Ohio State U)
DENIS KOZLOV (U of Toronto): "The Historical Antiquarianism of the Soviet
Intelligentsia: Images and Representations of the Past, 1953-1991"
DAVID WEBER (U of Wisconsin): "What is to be Done? The Debate over Lenin's
Remains in Post-Soviet Russia"
MICHAEL GORHAM (U of Florida): "New Russian Purism: Negotiating National
Identity in the Language Culture of Post-Soviet Russia"
SERGUEI OUSHAKINE (Columbia U): "A Wordless Anthem: In the State of
Post-Soviet Aphasia"

3:30-4pm--Coffee Break

Panel VI: "Bridging Great Divides"
Chair: Katherine David-Fox (Ohio State U)
KARL QUALLS (U of Missouri):
"The Architectural Bridge: Planning Soviet Cities after World War II"
STEPHEN V. BITTNER (U of Chicago): "Remembering the Avante-Garde: Novyi
Arbat, Post-Stalinist Architecture, and the Legacy of Soviet Constructivism,
JAMES WEST (U of Washington): "St. George & the Sun God: Russian Popular
Imagery Across the Revolutionary Divide"
TIM SCHOLL (Oberlin College): "Bringing Beauty Back: The 1999 Revival of the
1890 Sleeping Beauty"

* denotes Invited Panel Speaker

Twentieth-century Russia has seen more than its share of social and cultural
upheaval resulting from wars, revolutions, the collapse of governments and
the imposition of others--events that extend from 1905 to the more recent
disintegration of the Soviet Union and Russia's reintegration in to the
global economy. These social and political changes have inevitably affected
the course of cultural evolution, producing enormous gulfs between new and
old traditions and isolating thousands of people from their traditional
cultural environments. Despite their magnitude, these gulfs are not
unbridgeable: in fact, various types of "bridges" have been and are being
constructed across them. The objective of this interdisciplinary conference
is to examine these bridges, their builders, and the ideas upon which they
are founded.

Article-length versions of the conference papers will be considered for
publication in a special issue of "Kritika: Explorations in Russian and
Eurasian History."

The conference organizing committe members are: Dr. Galina Rylkova, chair;
Dr. Michael David-Fox, Dr. Sara Dickinson, Dr. George Kalbouss, and Dr.
Irene Masing-Delic.

The conference is open to the public, but registration is required. The
registration fee is $25 ($35 for late registration), but this fee is waived
for graduate and undergraduate students (students not registering by the
deadline will be charged $10). Lunches on Friday and Saturday will each cost
an additional $5 (even students must pay to attend). Please include payment
with your registration form and make checks payable to “The Ohio State
University.” Registration deadline is March 31, 2000.

The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn on Lane Avenue. For those
needing lodging, rooms are $89 per night, but space is limited (call
614-294-4848 for reservations). Limited space may also exist in the OSU
dormitory ($25 per night—call 614-292-8266), but will not be available until
two weeks before the conference. If you are unable to secure lodging or have
any conference-related questions, call (614) 292-8770, or write to:

Registration Form:




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Please mail this form (& check) by March 31, 2000 to:
Bill Wolf, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA 43210-1219
FAX: 614-292-4273

conference sponsored by
OSU Mershon Center
OSU Center for Slavic & East European Studies
OSU Department Slavic & East European Languages & Literatures

and made possible with funds from
The US Department of Education

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