Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution:

October 1917 to November 2017

6 – 7 November 2017
9.00 am to 8.00 pm
Geelong Waterfront Campus

The Bolshevik revolutionaries who took power in Russia in October 1917 proclaimed a new dawn for civilization, in which the worldwide proletariat would be liberated from its capitalist oppression.

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By the middle of the 20th century, these ‘liberated’ workers were among the almost 50 million people killed in the Civil Wars, famines, mass repressions and World Wars that followed 1917 in the Soviet Union and its Empire.

In second half of the 20th century, however, Soviet society avoided these catastrophes.

It has become an object of nostalgia for many since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and a bad memory for others.

Now 100 years after the Bolshevik revolution, we call on some of world’s leading historians of the Soviet project to reflect on the ramifications of the Soviet century for world history, and for the contemporary trajectories of the former Soviet republics.

The speakers will give keynote address and participate in a group discussions where they will answer questions from the public on the anniversary date of the Revolution: Tuesday 7 November. International speakers include:

  • Prof. Hiroaki Kuromiya - (University of Indiana, Bloomington)
  • Prof. Yurii Shapoval - (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev),
  • Prof. Sergei Kudriashov (German Historical Institute – Moscow)
  • Irina Shatokhina (Director, Ukrainian State Television)

Monday 6 November

Scholar’s Workshop

The conference will be preceded by a scholars’ workshop on Monday 6 November concerned primarily with the Soviet Union's transition from war to peace from 1945-53. It will explore the similarities and differences of Stalinism in the 1930s and 1940s and tackle major questions, such as: did the Second World War change the fundamentals of Stalinism? How did the war shape post-war Soviet society? The working languages of the workshop will be Russian and English.

Tuesday 7 November

Conference & public discussion

In this event, held on the anniversary date of the Revolution (Tuesday 7 November) speakers will give a keynote address, participate in a group discussion and take your questions.

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Date and time

6 to 7 November 2017 
9.00 am to 8.00 pm