The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and
the Illiberalism Studies Program invite you to the book launch event:

Book Roundtable

Memory Politics and
the Russian Civil War:
Reds Versus Whites

with Marlene Laruelle, Margarita Karnysheva, Eric Lohr, Nina Tumarkin, Alexander Verkhovsky, Boris Kolonitsky, and Peter Rollberg
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Virtual Event - Click Here for Webex Session
In examining the re-emergence of Russia's White Movement, Memory Politics and the Russian Civil War gets to the heart of the rich 20th-century memory debates going on in Putin's Russia today.

The Kremlin has been giving preference to a Soviet-lite nostalgia that denounces the 1917 Bolshevik revolution but celebrates the birth of a powerful Soviet Union able to bring the country to the forefront of the international scene after the victory in World War II. Yet in parallel, another historical narrative has gradually consolidated on the Russian public scene, one that favors the opposite camp, namely the White movement and the pro-tsarist groups defeated in the early 1920s. This book offers the first comprehensive exploration of this 'White Revenge', looking at the different actors who promote a White and pro-Romanov rehabilitation agenda in the political, ideological and cultural arenas and what this historical agenda might mean for Russia, both today and tomorrow.
Marlene Laruelle is Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and Research Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She explores the transformations of nationalist and conservative ideologies in Russia, nationhood construction in Central Asia, as well as the development of Russia’s Arctic regions. She is also Director of the Central Asia Program and Co-Director of PONARS-Eurasia.
Margarita Karnysheva is an independent researcher from Russia whose current research interests focus on debates over legal rehabilitation in post-Communist Russia, Soviet military tribunals (1943-1949), American expedition in Siberia (1918-1922), anti-Soviet insurgency in Siberia (1920-1939), and war propaganda. Viewing Soviet military history through the lens of memory studies, she focuses on how various political actors in post-Soviet Russia instrumentalize historical narratives and compete for commemorative strategies for their own purposes. She received her Masters from the University of Saint-Petersburg and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Eric Lohr is Chair of the History Department at American University.  He received his M.A. in Russian Studies and Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, then taught there as an assistant professor of History (2000-2003). He is the author of Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 2012) and Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign Against Enemy Aliens during World War I (Harvard University Press, 2003). Lohr is currently writing Russia 1914-1918: From Total Mobilization to Total Demobilization and The Brothers Trubetskoi: Russian Liberals between Regime and Revolution. He is the James H. Billington Chair of Russian Culture and History.  
Nina Tumarkin is Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies, Professor of History, and director of the Russian Area Studies Program at Wellesley College. She is also a longtime Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her past career has included the role of adviser to President Reagan, for whom she wrote two invited papers and served as one of six “Soviet experts” who briefed the President, Vice-President, and key cabinet members shortly before Mr. Reagan’s historic first meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985 at the Geneva Summit. She is the author of The Living and the Dead: The Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia and Lenin Lives! The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia. Her current book project explores the politics of the past in Putin’s Russia.
Alexander Verkhovsky is founder and Director of SOVA Center for Information and Analysis . SOVA Center carries out research on ultra-nationalism, hate crimes, legal counteraction to extremism, etc, since 2002. His areas of research include political extremism, nationalism and xenophobia, religion and politics, as well as the misuse of anti-extremism policies in contemporary Russia. He has authored several books on these topics since the mid 90’s. He graduated from Moscow Oil and Gas Institute with a degree in applied mathematics in 1984. From 1989-1992 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Samizdat independent newspaper and Panorama in Moscow. From 1991-2002 he was Vice President of Panorama Information and Research Center.
Boris Kolonitsky is a professor of history at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is considered one of the leading scholars of the 1917 Russian Revolution and has published extensively on the subject. Kolonitsky is a member of the editorial boards of Kritika and Vestnik Permskogo universiteta: Seria istoria (Journal of the University of Perm: A Series History) as well as a member of the editorial board of the international project Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The Centennial Reappraisal.
Peter Rollberg is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research Initiatives and Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies and International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 2008) and coeditor with Marlene Laruelle of Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World: Market Forces, State Actors, and Political Manipulation in the Informational Environment after Communism (ibidem Press, 2018).
This event is on the record and open to the media.
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