April 5-6, 2013


(Memorial Society, Karetny ryad 5/10)


Friday, April 5, 2013 г.


Conference opening: 11.00

Opening speech: Irina Prokhorova (New Literary Observer)




Morning session

Symbolization and fixation of traumatic experience


  1. Mikhail Yampolsky (New York University, USA)
    Memorization of Holocaust as the Monument to Subjectivity
  2. Andreas Schonle (University of London, UK)
    The Boundaries of Representation and the Boundlessness of Trauma: Boris Smirnov's aestheticizing amateur photography of destroyed Cities
  3. Helen Petrovsky (Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow).
    The Pain of Daily Living


Coffee break: 14.00 – 15.00


Afternoon session: 15.00 19.00
Memorization of trauma in everyday practices and popular culture


  1. Jerome de Groot (University of Manchester, UK)
    Memory and trauma in Anglophone historical film: some examples of recent practice
  2. Serguei Oushakine (Princeton University, USA)
    «The Grandson of a Soldier, who seized Berlin, the Son of a Soldier, who seized Kabul»: Narratives of Collapse as Rituals of Solidarity

3)Oleg V. Pachenkov (European University at St Petersburg)
Flea market as a space of N/Ostalgia

  1. Boris Gasparov (Columbia University, USA)
    The image of the Soviet Union in the Modern Mass Consciousness



Saturday, April 6, 2013


Morning session: 11.00 – 14.00

(Un)official memorization of collective historical trauma


  1. Galina Orlova (Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don)
    Atom and Melancholy: memorative Paths of One Big Half-Life Science
  2. Kevin M.F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
    No Pain, no Gain: Trauma and Discipline in the Russian School
  3. Ilya Kalinin (Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg) Historicity of Traumatic Experience: Routine and Revolution


Coffee break: 14.00 – 15.00


Afternoon session: 15.00 - 18.00

Literary representation of traumatic experience


  1. Konstantin Bogdanov (Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg)
    Master's Heels, the Memory of Serfdom and the Theory of Memes
  2. Mikhail Weisskopf  (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
    Dance with the Skull: Afanasy Fet`s ballad Motives as literary Representation of traumatic Experience
  3. Andrei Zorin (Oxford University, UK)
    Bereavement and «emotional community»