Jahrestagung 2016 in München

02.06.2016 - 04.06.2016

The Culture of the Russian Revolution and Its Global Impact: Semantics – Performances – Functions

Die dritte Jahrestagung der Graduiertenschule fand vom 2. bis 4. Juni 2016 in München statt. Gegenstand der Tagung war die russische Oktoberrevolution im Jahre 1917. Damit griff die Graduiertenschule das bevorstehende Zentenarium bewusst frühzeitig auf. Im Mittelpunkt der Vorträge standen die Kultur der Russischen Revolution und ihr weltweiter Widerhall. Den H-Soz-Kult-Tagungsbericht hat René Küpper vom Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte verfasst.

Die Graduiertenschule wird wieder viele internationale Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler begrüßen dürfen. Als Keynote-Speaker haben Boris Kolonitskii (European University at St. Petersburg), Yuri Slezkine und Alexei Yurchak (beide University of California, Berkeley) zugesagt.

Ort der englischsprachigen Tagung wird zur Eröffnung am Donnerstagabend der Senatssaal im historischen Hauptgebäude der LMU München sowie während den Sektionen am Freitag und Samstag das Internationale Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft e.V. (IBZ) in München sein.

Konferenzsprache ist Englisch.

Teilnehmer werden gebeten sich bis zum 22. Mai 2016 per E-Mail anzumelden: gs-oses@lmu.de

General Abstract

Until the late 1980s, the October Revolution of 1917 served as the undisputed focal point for historical research on Russia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union on the one hand and the rise of cultural history on the other hand, the political and social significance of the caesura has been questioned while later periods have attracted considerably more attention. Yet, for scholars no other event has gained the paramount significance the 1917 revolution had. What is the meaning of this event in history hundred years later? And how have the historiographical debates of recent years led to a reevaluation of the events leading to and triggered by the Revolution?

The Third Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at LMU Munich and Regensburg University is dedicated to the 1917 Russian October Revolution. Its culture and its global impact are of particular interest analyzing the semantics, performances as well as functions of promoting, debating, and adapting the revolution.

One focus lies on the artistic reactions to the revolution. Papers will explore particular performances intending to strengthen the identification of audiences with the ideas of the Russian Revolution in media like theatre and film. Different facets of the rhetoric of revolution and its interconnections with aesthetic phenomena will be also explored, including Lenin’s language and formalist poetics as well as the rhythms of revolution as an aesthetic principle. Other papers will address the revolutionary semantics of religious beliefs and the interdependencies of religion and revolution. Moreover, the global dimensions of the Russian Revolution will be discussed during the conference. Though its protagonists declared the October Revolution a cataclysmic turning point in world history, they remained far more interested in Germany than, for example, in China. The actual impact of the revolution outside Europe is comparatively understudied. Which factors contributed to the success of the Bolsheviks in Asian Russia, how did Russia’s Asian neighbors view – and react to – the upheavals next door?

Taking stock of current research and worldwide debates among historians, slavicists, and scholars from other disciplines, the conference is going to explore the interrelation between revolution and performance, the rhetoric of revolution, the revolutionary semantics of religious beliefs, the perceptions of the revolution particularly in East Asia, and its global impact.




LMU Main Building, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, Senatssaal

17:30 – 18:30

Boris Kolonickii (St. Petersburg)



Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft e.V. (IBZ), Amalienstraße 38

09:30 – 12:00

The Performance of Revolution

Ada Raev (Bamberg): Russian Avant-garde Artists on the Stages of Revolution

Laurence Senelick (Medford, MA): Order Out of Chaos. First Steps in Creating a Bolshevik and Proletarian Theatre

(Coffee break 10:45-11:00)

Natascha Drubek (Berlin/Regensburg): Revolution and Religion in 1917 – Eisenstein`s Intellectual Montages of 1927

Chair: Christopher Balme (Munich)

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30

The Rhetoric of Revolution

Georg Witte (Berlin): 'The Rhythmic Drum:' Revolutionary Bodies and Revolutionary Languages Between Organization and Ecstasy

Ilya Kalinin (St. Petersburg): How Lenin's Language Was Made: Russian Formalists on Material of History and Technique of Ideology

Chair: Riccardo Nicolosi & Nina Weller (both Munich)

14:30 - 14:45

Coffee break

14:45 - 17:00

Revolutionary Semantics of Religion

Tobias Grill (Munich): ‘Another Messiah Has Come:’ Jewish Socialist Revolutionaries in Russia and Their Attitude Towards Religion (1890s-1920s)

Franziska Davies (Munich): Reform or Revolution? Muslims in Russia’s Revolutions of 1905 and 1917

Vitalij Fastovskij (Munich): Dying for the Common Cause: The Value of a Good Death in the Moral Framework of the Revolution (1881-1910)

Chair: Jutta Scherrer (Paris/Berlin)

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee break

17:30 - 18:30


Yuri Slezkine (Berkeley, CA)



Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft e.V. (IBZ), Amalienstraße 38

09:30 – 12:00

Global Implications I

Martin Aust (Bonn): Globalizing the Russian Revolution. Some Remarks on Historiography

Katerina Clark (New Haven, CT): The Baku Congress of 1920 and the Language of Revolution: the Persian Examples of Velemir Khlebikov and Abolqasem Lahuti

(Coffee break 10:45-11:00)

Steven Lee (Berkeley, CA): The Bolshevik Revolution as Asian Revolution: From Vladimir Tatlin to Ai Weiwei

Gerhard Grüßhaber (Munich): From the Baltic to Anatolia: The German Officer Hans Tröbst between Freikorps, Wrangel, Kemalists, and Bolsheviks, 1919-1923

Chair: Tatiana Linkhoeva (Munich)

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 15:00

Global Implications II

Tatiana Linkhoeva (Munich): The Russian Revolution and the 'Bolshevization' of Asia during the Foreign Intervention, 1917-1925

Yoshiro Ikeda (Tokyo): Time and the Comintern: Rethinking the Cultural Impact of the Russian Revolution on Japanese Intellectuals

Zhang Jianhua (Beijing): The Memory of Restaurant Moscow in Beijing: the Changes of Image of October Revolution and Soviet Culture in Contemporary China

Chair: Andreas Renner (Munich)

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 - 16:00


Alexei Yurchak (Berkeley, CA)

Closing Remarks