What is at Stake with Conservatism in Russia?
Monday October 26, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual Event - Click Here for Webex Session
Join us to discuss the most recent research done to capture the rise of conservatism in Russia up to a status of quasi-official ideology. Our speakers have recently published milestone books on Russian conservatism.
Russian Conservatism
by Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson’s Russian Conservatism takes a long historical view of the phenomenon. For the past two centuries Russian conservatives have sought to adapt to the pressures of modernization and westernization and, more recently, globalization, while preserving national identity and political and social stability. Through Robinson's research we can now understand how Russian conservatives have continually proposed forms of cultural, political, and economic development seen as building on existing traditions, identity, forms of government, and economic and social life, rather than being imposed on the basis of abstract theory and foreign models.
Paul Robinson is Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is author and editor of numerous works on Russian and Soviet history, including Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, Supreme Commander of the Russian Army, which won the Society for Military History's distinguished book award for biography.
Contemporary Russian Conservatism:
Problems, Paradoxes, and Perceptions
edited by Mikhail Suslov and Dmitry Uzlaner
Contemporary Russian Conservatism, edited by Mikhail Suslov and Dmitry Uzlaner offers the first comprehensive study of the “conservative turn” in Russia under Putin. The book features in-depth discussions of the historical dimensions of conservatism, the contemporary international context, the theoretical conceptualization of conservatism, and empirical case studies. Among various issues covered by the volume are the geopolitical and religious dimensions of conservatism and the conservative perspective on Russian history and the politics of memory. The authors show that conservative ideology condenses and reworks a number of discussions about Russia’s identity and its place in the world. 
Mikhail Suslov is Assistant Professor of Russian History and Politics at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. His most recent publication is Geopolitical Imagination: Ideology and Utopia in Post-Soviet Russia (Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2020).
Dmitry Uzlaner is Researcher at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Russia) and at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), as well as editor-in-chief of the journal State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide. He is the author of two books: The End of Religion? History of the Theory of Secularization (2019, in Russian), Postsecular Turn (2020, in Russian). 
Moderated by:
Marlene Laruelle, Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and Research Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University.
This event is on the record and open to the media.
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