Public Keynote Lectures
JOSHUA SANBORN, “Decolonizing Russia? Thoughts and Warnings from Russia’s First Imperial Collapse”
Joshua Sanborn is the David M. ’70 and Linda Roth Professor of History at Lafayette College (Pennsylvania, USA). His most recent monograph is Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire (Oxford UP, 2014), which argues that the process of state failure, social collapse, violent transformation, and imperial disintegration experienced by Russia between 1914 and 1918 was analogous to processes of decolonization in Africa and Asia in the period after World War II. His most recent co-authored work is Gender, Sex, and the Shaping of Modern Europe: A History from the French Revolution to the Present Day (with co-author Annette Timm) which just came out in a revised and expanded third edition from Bloomsbury in 2022. He is currently writing a book on culture, politics, and Cold War communities entitled Spies, Scientists, and the Cold War Imagination: How Fiction Shaped a Culture of Conflict. He has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Davis Center at Princeton University, and the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, Germany.
Friday, 28 July, 5:00-6:30 pm, Tallinn Hall (M-218) on the second floor of the Tallinn University Mare building (Uus-Sadama 5).
EPP ANNUS, “The Late Soviet Roots of 21st-century Decolonial Engagements: an Ecosocial Perspective”
Monday, 31 July, 4:30-6:00 pm, Tallinn Hall (M-218) on the second floor of the Tallinn University Mare building (Uus-Sadama 5).
JULIANE FÜRST, Arguments, Facts and Emotions or How Perestroika Never Finished the Conversation
Juliane Fürst is the head of the department ‘Communism and Society’ at the Centre of Contemporary History at Potsdam, lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. She has published a monograph on the Soviet Hippie movement titled Flowers through Concrete: Explorations in the Soviet Hippieland (OUP, 2021) and is the author of Stalin’s Last Generation: Soviet Post-War Youth and the Emergence of Late Socialism and, among others, the editor of Dropping Out of Socialism: Alternative Spheres in the Soviet Bloc (Lexington, 2016) and The Cambridge History of Communism Vol. III (2017). She is currently the Principal Investigator of the project ‘Perestroika from below: Participation, Biography and Emotional Communities 1980-1999’, which is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant.
Thursday, 3 August, 4:30-6:00 pm, Tallinn Hall (M-218) on the second floor of the Tallinn University Mare building (Uus-Sadama 5).