Russian, East European, and Eurasian History Seminar Schedule

Schedule for 2017-18


Tuesday, October 3: Paris Papamichos Chronakis, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Zionist Vipers and Jewish Pseudo-Nationalists:” Anti-Zionism, Liberalism, and Slavophobia in Interwar Greece 3:30-5:00 p.m. in 214 Denney Hall

In scholarly and lay circles today, anti-Zionism is commonly perceived as the most recent variant of a resurgent, bi-partisan antisemitism. Such a presentist view, however, obscures its much longer and variegated history. This talk unearths the widespread Christian hostility to Zionism in interwar Greece and links it to Liberal politics, anti-Slavic anxieties, minority policies, and authoritarian state-building. Anti-Zionism was the prevalent form of anti-Jewish hatred in Greece, but its popularity was less a clear sign of time-honored traditional Judeophobia or resurgent racist antisemitism and more an indication of a broader, state-endorsed anxiety about the place and management of ethnic difference in a modernizing Greece. This event is sponsored by the Departments of History, Classics, and History of Art and The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State. For questions about the event, please contact Emily Neumeier (

Friday, Oct. 20: Aaron Retish, History, Wayne State University: “Russian Courts and the 1917 Revolution”  3-4:30 in Dulles 168 [paper will be distributed in advance and discussed in workshop]

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Steve Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University, and Michael David-Fox, History, Georgetown University, “Rethinking the Russian and Chinese Revolutions: A Centennial Conversation” (Thompson Library 165)    3-4:30.   This is a lecture/presentation/conversation.

Past Seminars and Conferences

  • June 23-24, 2017, International Conference, "Water, Culture, and Society in Global Historical Perspective II," organized by Nicholas Breyfogle and Phil Brown
  • November 21, 2016, 12:30-2:15 p.m.: Ana Siljak, Queen's University, "Sigmund Freud, Sublimation, and the Russian Silver Age" 
  • May 13-14, 2016: International Conference, "Water, Power and Control in Greater Eurasian History," organized by Nicholas Breyfogle and Philip Brown
  • April 14, 2016, 12:15-1:45 p.m.: Brenna Miller"Bosnian Muslims, Transnational Networks, and Socialist Yugoslavia's International Relations Program in the 1950s and 1960s"
  • March 24, 2016, 12:15-1:45 p.m.Paul Niebrzydowski, The Ohio State University, "The American “Postwar” Relief Mission in Wartime Poland, 1919-1923"
  • February 25, 2016 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Marci ShorePolish Studies Initiative Lecture: "Likes Don't Count"
  • December 2, 2015: Joshua Sanborn, Lafayette College, "Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire"
  • Wednesday, 1 April, 2015: Robert Crews, Stanford University, "Leaving the ‘Graveyard of Empires’: On Rethinking the Past and Present of Afghanistan"
  • Friday, 17 October, 2014: Denise J. Youngblood, University of Vermont, "A Weapon in the Cold War: Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace"
  • Friday, 19 September 2014: Yanni Kotsonis, New York University, "Taxation in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union"
  • Friday, 20 September 2013: Danielle Fosler-Lussier, OSU Musicology, "'Bug, are you listening?': Musical Relations between the U.S. and The U.S.S.R."
  • Friday, 12 April 2013: Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania, "From the Other Shore: Amnesty International and Soviet Dissidents"
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2013: Maria Bucur, Indiana University, Talk on her latest book, "Heroes and Victims: Remembering War in Twentieth-Century Romania"
  • Friday, 22 February 2013: Mark Sokolsky, OSU History, "Settling the seacoast: Ecology and national conflict in Russia’s Maritime Province"
  • November 2, 2012: Ian Lanzillotti (Ohio State University), "Interethnic Conflict and Accommodation in the North Caucasus: Kabardians, Colonizers, and Mountaineers from Tsarist Conquest to Soviet National Border Delimitation."
  • October 16, 2012: Douglas Northrop (University of Michigan), "Earthquakes and Empire in Eurasia"
  • September 28, 2012: Tara Zahra (University of Chicago), "Travel Agents on Trial: Policing Mobility in Late Imperial Austria"
  • May 17, 2012: Elo-Hanna Seljamaa (Ohio State University), "Tales from Homeland's History: Ethnicity and Ethnic Interactions in Soviet and Post-Soviet Estonia"
  • April 27, 2012: Joan Neuberger (University of Texas), "Eisenstein's Books: Ivan the Terrible as History"
  • March 26, 2012: Matthew Romaniello (University of Hawai'i at Manoa), "The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671"
  • March 9th, 2012: Gleb Tsipursky (Ohio State), "Jazzin' Up the USSR: Youth, Fun, and Popular Culture in the Early Cold War." Co-sponsored by the Department of History "Politics, Culture, and Society" and "Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy" Constellations.
  • February 9th, 2012: Alexander Morrison (University of Liverpool), "Peasant Settlers as ‘Poor Whites’ in Russian Turkestan, 1865-1917" Co-sponsored by the Department of History "Race, Ethnicity, Nation" Constellation.
  • December 1st, 2011: Rebecca Mitchell (Havighurst Center, Miami University), "Patriotism, Nationalism and the Fate of Music in Russia's Great War"
  • October 29th, 2010: Prof. Tricia Starks (University of Arkansas), "Cigarettes and Soviets."

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