Communist Worlds / Soviet Worlds

Power and societies. Scale effects
  • Communist Worlds / Soviet Worlds 2021-2022Communist Worlds / Soviet Worlds 2021-2022

power and societies. scale effects

20th century world history would have been very different without the Soviet experience that arose from the destabilisation of the Russian Empire through war and revolution in the years 1905-1918. Conversely, the history of Russia in the 20th century cannot be told without featuring the communist idea, a product of the European workers’ movement. The Soviet and communist worlds dominated political, social, and cultural history at certain points in the 20th century, particularly after 1945. While they have since disappeared—defeated and discredited as a historical dead end—our seminar aims to chart the history of this geopolitical, ideological, and spatial alternative and its internal and external impact.

The seminar also marks the convergence of three historiographical moments: the opening of the archives of the former USSR and the European Socialist bloc; the renewal and decompartmentalization of research on the Russian and Soviet area, which necessitates a critical review of pre-1990s “sovietologies” and Cold War Studies; and the contributions of global, imperial, and connected history for rethinking the history of the Soviet and communist worlds.

This monthly seminar, in which doctoral students take an active part, is intended to be a forum to discuss recent publications and current individual or collective research. It aims to bring together historians of different generations, to open certain sessions to multidisciplinary reflection, and to consider reflexively the political and societal issues related to the current international situation in Russia and its European and Asian surroundings.

Previsional calender 2021-2022

  1. 07/10/2021 | Pierre Fuller (Sciences Po, CHSP), "Tracing Transnational Lineages of Maoist Sociology from World War I to the Cultural Revolution". Discussant: Sebastian Veg (EHESS)
  2. 21/10/2021 | 
    Discussion de Yoram Gorlizki et Oleg Khlevniuk, Substate Dictatorship. Networks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union (2020) ; Zoé Allen Mercier (Université de Turku / CHSP), Sabine Dullin (Sciences Po, CHSP)
  3. 25/11/2021 | Jean-François Fayet (Université de Fribourg),  "La Croix face à l'Étoile rouge : humanitaire et communisme au XXe siècle"
  4. [Session postponed
    Autour de la parution de The Russian Revolution in Asia (Routledge, 2021) withe the editors Naoko Shimazu (NSU), Rachel Lin (University of Exeter), Sabine Dullin (Sciences Po, CHSP), Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po Lille) and the authors of the volume.
  5. 27/01/2022 | Alisa Shablovskaia (Paris 3 / CHSP), "La révolution d'octobre comme tournant historique dans les relations irano-russes"
  6. 10/02/2022 | Discussion de Maria Todorova. Imagining Utopia. The lost world of socialists at the margins of Europe (2020), Axel Bellaiche (Université de Paris, ICT), Marion Labeÿ (Université de Paris, ICT)
  7. 24/03/2022 | "La guerre de la Russie contre l'Ukraine". Regards historiens croisés Asie/Russie/Europe. Avec Rachel Yuexin Lin (postdoc à l'université d'Exeter, chercheure invitée à Sciences Po, CHSP), Sophie Coeuré (université de Paris) et Sabine Dullin (Sciences Po, CHSP)
  8. 07/04/2022 | Sandrine Kott (Université de Genève). "Le développement en guerre froide et les mondes socialistes", Discussant: Paul Betts (OxPo Research Fellow / Visiting Scholar Sciences Po, CHSP)
  9. 12/05/2022 | Autour de la parution de "The Russian Revolution in Asia (Routledge, 2021)", avec les éditeurs Naoko Shimazu (NSU), Rachel Lin (University of Exeter), Sabine Dullin (Sciences Po, CHSP), Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po Lille) et les auteurs de l'ouvrage
  10. 10/06/2022 | Journée doctorale
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