April 4th (Friday)

11.00–11.15    Opening speech by Irina Prokhorova ("New Literary Observer")

11.15–14.00    Morning session: The slave and the master: inclusive and exclusive

1. Mikhail Yampolsky (New York University, USA). Slavery: inclusive and exclusive 

2. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University, USA). The sweet side of slavery?

3. Tatiana Weiser (RANEPA, Moscow). From the phenomenology of slavery to the criticism of totalitarian monotheism in the European intellectual tradition: Étienne de La Boétie, Simone Weil and Hanna Arendt

14.10–15.00    coffee break

15.00–18.00    Afternoon session: Slavery As an Intellectual Legacy

1. Tomasz Zarycki (University of Warsaw, Poland). May the Polish "lord" and the Polish "boor" come to an agreement? The intelligentsia attempts at overcoming serfdom and its symbolic legacy in Poland

2. Elena Marasinova (Institute of Russian History, Moscow). "Slaves" and "subjects" in the Russian Empire of the 18th century

3. Abram Reitblat ("New Literary Observer", Moscow). Rhetorical strategies of justification of serfdom in the first half of the 19th century

April 5th (Saturday)

11.00–14.00    Morning session: Serfdom and constants of Russian history

1. Andrey Medushevsky (Higher School of Economics,

Moscow). To what extent did serfdom define the so-called constants of Russian history?

2. Andrey Zubov (Doctor of Historical Sciences, Moscow). The consequences of slavery in modern Russia 

3. Nikita Sokolov ("Otechestvennye Zapiski", Moscow). Slavery in the history

14.10–15.00    coffee break

15.00–19.00    Afternoon session: Cultural consequences of slavery

1. Konstantin A. Bogdanov (RAS Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), St Petersburg). Atavisms of freedom, reflexes of slavery and "Russian national character": history of one ethnopsychological hypothesis

2. João Cezar de Castro Rocha (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brasil). "Weak visibility": cultural consequences of slavery

3. Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford, UK). "Man-Footed Beast" versus "Beast-Footed Man": Animals as Slaves, Servants, and Companions in Post-Enlightenment European Culture

4. Ilya Kalinin (Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg). "To have no screen between this part he play’d and him he play’d it for…": double gangers, hybrids, impostors and dialectics of power