Culture & Experience of Violence in Russian History – Workshop in Paris

On September 8th and 9th, CERCEC is hosting in Paris a 2 days Franco-German workshop on Culture and Experience of Violence in the Russian History.

programm and details available on


5èmes Journées franco-allemandes

Culture et expérience de la violence dans l’histoire russe

5. Deutsch-französischer Workshop

Gewaltkultur und Gewalterfahrung in der russischen Geschichte

Supported by Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne

Thursday, 8 September 2011 14.00-14.30 Welcome and Introduction

  •  Jörg Baberowski and Alain Blum 14.30-15.00 Mobilising Fighters
  • Stefan Wiese: The „Pogrom Paradigm”. A Case Study on the Role of the Black Hundreds and Jewish Self-Defense in 1905

15.00-16.00 Elite Violence

  • Tadzio Schilling: Deadly Jokes? Laughing and Dying in Stalin’s Kremlin  Andreas Oberender: Stealing from the State. The 1937-1938 Purge of Soviet Economic Officials Reconsidered

Coffee & Tea Break

16.30-17.30 Trickling Down, Creeping Up  Botakoz Kassymbekova: Raped by the State? Cases of Sexual Violence in Early Soviet Courts

  •  Anastasia Gorelik: Violence, Mass Media and the Putin Cult


Friday, 9 September 2011 9.30-10.30 Civil Wars and Famines

  •  Thomas Chopard: The Origins of the Ukrainian Famine, 1919-1923  Robert Kindler: Fear and Loathing in the Steppe. Civil Wars in Kazakhstan, 1929-1931

10.45-11.45 Soldiering for the Motherland

  •  Masha Cerovic: From Peace to War. Demobilization and Remobilization in German- occupied Soviet Territories, 1941-1942
  •  Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski: From Combat Trauma to Abandonment and Marginalization. State Violence towards Disabled Veterans of the Chechen Wars

12.00-13.00 Grappling with Nature, Human and Other

  •  Christian Teichmann: Changing Tides on the Oxus. The Lower Amu Daria, 1920s to 1940s  Marc Élie: Dessicated Steppes. Droughts, Erosion, Climate Change and the Crisis of Soviet

Agriculture, 1960s to 1980s

Lunch Break

14.00-15.00 Reprisals on Religion

  •  Ulrike Huhn: Popular Religious Celebrations after the Great War  Nikolai Mitrokhin: Persecuting Religious Believers in the Brezhnev Era.

Institutional and Personal Responsibilities 15.15-16.00 Memories and Memorials

  •  Alain Blum, Isabelle Ohayon and Marta Craveri: The Oral History Project „Archives sonores. Mémoires européennes du Goulag“

16.00-17.00 Comments, Conclusions  Susanne Schattenberg and Gabor Rittersporn


Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen 44, rue de l’Amiral Mouchez 75014 Paris


Lehrstuhl Geschichte Osteuropas Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften Philosophische Fakultät I Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin


Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Apostelnkloster 13-15 50672 Köln http://www

About Anne Le Huérou

Maîtresse de conférences à l'Université Paris Nanterre, Institut des sciences sociales du politique (ISP UMR 7220), associée au CERCEC (UMR 8083)

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