In 2017, the world marked the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, an event that shook the planet and continued to shake it for the rest of the 20th century. The Revolution was the focus of multiple academic and cultural events throughout the year, all over the world and in the Amsterdam area. In 2018, Dr. Maxim Kupovykh, lecturer and tutor at AUC, will keep this momentum going by organising a series of academic events focused on the entire region which was enclosed behind the infamous “Iron Curtain” in the second half of the 20th century.
The choice for the scope of this lecture series is not random. Despite the enormous cultural, political and historical heterogeneity of the "East of the Curtain" region, the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe share a certain “community of fate” defined by the intersecting imperial, revolutionary and wartime legacies. Current global trends—e.g. globalisation and neo-nationalism, democratisation and the rise of authoritarian populism—are affecting this region in particularly intriguing and revealing ways.
At the same time, the entire region, despite the recurrent presence of Russia and Putin in the media, continues to constitute a relative ‘blind spot’ in the cultural and political imagination of many Western students and educated people.
Hence, the main objectives of the Focus on Russia and Eastern Europe lecture series include:
The series will commence in February 2018 and continue throughout 2018. Although the entire agenda is not yet finalised, you can find a list of public lectures confirmed below.
Most events listed below will take place in the Common Room of the AUC building (Science Park 113, 1098 XG Amsterdam). Each event page will contain more up-to-date information on the topic, the date and the location of an event.
For any questions related to the Focus on Russia and Eastern Europe lecture series, please send an email to Dr. Maxim Kupovykh.