April 1 (Friday)

10.30 a.m. — Opening speech by Irina Prokhorova (New Literary Observer journal)

Book launch: "The Rise of a Hero: From the History of Russian Emotional Culture. Late 18th Century and Early 19th Century" by Andrei Zorin (NLO, 2016)


12.00 p.m. — 2.30 p.m. Morning session:

Sentimental education

  1. Andrei Zorin (Oxford University, UK). State Order for Symbolic Images of Feeling in Russia in the Late 18th Century and Their Alternative Suppliers
  2. Victoria Frede (University of California, Berkeley, USA). Friendship, Secrecy and Dissent in Alexander I's Unofficial Committee
  3. Elena Marasinova (Institute of Russian history, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow). "I Need a Different, Better Type of Freedom": Fronde of Russian Nobility in the 2nd Half of the 18th Century


3.30 p.m. — 6.30 p.m. Afternoon session:


  1. Konstantin Bogdanov (Pushkin House, St Petersburg). System of Power and System of Things: History of Philately
  2. Natalia Skradol (University of Sheffield, UK). (Private) Functions and Geschlossene Gesellschaft: Professionals, Amateurs and Power
  3. Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Department of history, NRU HSE, St Petersburg). Soviet Ethnography and Invention of the West


April 2 (Saturday)

11.00 a.m. — 2.30 p.m. Morning session:

Artistic strategies

  1. Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra (Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK). Transparency, Occultation, and the Division of the Visible in Contemporary Mexican Public Art: The Case of the Pillar of Light in Mexico City
  2. Kirill Korchagin (New Literary Observer journal, Moscow). Conservative Revolution in Viktor Krivulin’s Aesthetic As a Form of Cultural Resistance
  3. Kevin M.F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania, USA). Poetry As Mobilizational Tool, 3.0
  4. Alexei Yurchak (University of California, Berkeley, USA). Monstration: Meaning, Absurd and Political Statement in Today’s Russia


3.30 p.m. — 7.00 p.m. Afternoon session:

The dialectics of (un)freedom

  1. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University, USA). The "Dialectics" of Repression
  2. Ilya Kalinin (Smolny Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St Petersburg). "Stilyagi of the 21 Century". Stylistic Autonomy and Parochialism of the Political Horizon
  3. Catherine Guisan (University of Minnesota, USA). Rethinking Russian Democratization Through the “Politics of Resurrection”
  4. Alexei Levinson (Levada-Center, Moscow). Preparing for Freedom