Reconsidering Stagnation

Reconsidering Stagnation. International Workshop
University of Amsterdam
30-31 March 2012


Day 1-Bungehuis, Spuistraat 210

10:00 AM

Introduction – What we talk about when we talk about “stagnation”.

Artemy Kalinovsky (UvA)
Dina Fainberg (Rutgers)

11:00-12:30 – 1. Ideological Changes and Mobilisation Chair: Marc Jansen (UvA)

  • Polly Jones (Oxford University): The Fire Burns on? The Fiery Revolutionaries series, and the last Soviet generation of writers and readers
  • Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock (Wesleyan University): Utopia’s Orphans: Soviet Atheists and the Spiritual Crisis of Late Soviet Communism
  • Svetlana Savranskaya (George Washington University): Dissidents In The Stagnation Period–Making Human Rights Discourse Part Of The National Agenda

12:30-1:30 Lunch


1:30 to 3:00 pm – 2. Everyday Life, Mobility, and Travel Chair: Otto Boele (Leiden)

  • Alexandra Oberlander (University of Bremen): “What sort of stagnation can there be when your entire life is wrapped up in work?”: A Cultural History of Work in the Brezhnev Era.
  • Lewis Siegelbaum (Michigan State University): People on the Move during the “Era of Stagnation”
  • Christian Noack (UvA): Brezhnev’s “Little Freedoms”, or: Tourism, Individuality and Mobility in the late Soviet Period


3:15- to 5:00 pm – 3. East and West: exchange, imagination, and competition Chair: Michael Kemper (UvA)

  • Simo Mikkonnen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): Dynamic Developments: Soviet Transnational Networks with the West under Brezhnev
  • Courtney Doucette (Rutgers University): Norton Dodge in Lianozovo: Transnational Collaboration and the Making of the Unofficial Soviet Artist
  • Steven Harris (University of Mary Washington): “The Supersonic Seventies: Aeroflot and Pan Am in the Brezhnev Era.”


Day 2 (University Library, Singel 425)


10:00-11:30 am – 4. Economic Thought and Technological Development Chair: Artemy Kalinovsky (UvA)

  • Sari Autio Sarasmo (Aleksanteri Institute, Finland): East-West interaction and the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev leadership
  • Timothy Nunan (Oxford University): Soviet Development Thought and the “Central Asian Consensus,” c. 1917-1982
  • Anna Geltzer (Cornell University): The Wild West in the Communist East: Soviet anti-cancer drug development in the Brezhnev era

12:00-1:15 pm – 5. Stagnation on Screen: Past and Present Chair: Christian Noack (UvA)

  • Andrey Shcherbenok (St. Petersburg State University): Everything Was Over before It Was No More: Decaying Civilization in Late Stagnation Cinema
  • Otto Boele (Leiden University) The Glamour of Stagnation. Brezhnev and Galina in Contemporary Russian Film


1:15-2:30 Lunch


2:30-4:00 pm – 6. Popular Culture Chair: Dina Fainberg (Rutgers)

  • Serguei Oushakine (Princeton University): The Grotesque of the Typical: Masking Jokes in Soviet Comedy
  • Julian Fürst (University of Bristol): When you come to Moscow, make sure that you have flowers in your hair (and a bottle of portwine your
  • pocket): The Life and World of the Soviet Hippies under Brezhnev
  • Anna Fishzon (Williams College): Re-Animating Stagnation: the Magical Times and Spaces of late-Soviet Children’s Culture


4:15-6:00 pm – 7. Closing Panel: Remembering Stagnation

Stephen F. Cohen, Louis Siegelbaum, Svetlana Savranskaya

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Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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