RUSSIAN REVOLUTION CONGRESS | Athens, Greece, 12-14 April 2019 | LAW SCHOOL OF ATHENS

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION CONGRESS | Athens, Greece, 12-14 April 2019 | LAW SCHOOL OF A

It is a pleasure to invite you to
Russian Revolution: Theoretical approaches and open questions conference.
The conference is organized by a committee of academics and activists and will take place in Athens, Greece, 12-14 April 2019 | LAW SCHOOL OF ATHENS

The anniversary debate on the October Revolution usually remains trapped in the context of a sterile, dogmatic and often self-assertive gesture of the various ideological-political trends claiming or rejecting the October (or part of the October) legacy. Critical thinking and practice find difficult to reflect on a revolutionary period that has been catalyzing to shape the modern world. Certainly there are significant contributions to this direction, but overall what seems to be dominating is, on one hand, sanctifications, mechanical replication, undeniable faith to different political dogmas, or on the other hand, its uncritical rejection.
In such a climate, important and critical aspects of the Russian revolutionary process, as well as its opposition and reversal, remain in the dark because they do not fit into the “established” narratives. As the burden of these narratives falls on parties and organizations, “holy” or “abominable” factions, state policies and geopolitical controversies, the enormous social movement of the millions of revolutionary protagonists as well as their original creative agency, but also their contradictions and the dramatic dilemmas they faced, they have not been adequately pointed out. The “preface” of this movement and the “rhizomes” in the Russian history that have allowed this innovative “blooming”, remains underscored.
Focusing therefore, on the history from below, on the dilemmas the protagonists confronted as well as on the solutions they devised, on the deadlocks they encountered as well as on the obstacles they could not overcome, we want to contribute, with this Congress, to a topical reflection on critical questions related to the October Revolution.

Topics of interest

More specifically, the conference aims to focus on the following thematic axes:

1.Social and political conditions in the Pre-Revolutionary Russia
2.Problems of transition to a “stateless” state: revolution and democracy, self-organization and institutions,
direct democracy and representation,
3.The agricultural revolution: the legacy of the Russian rural community (mir)
4.Revolution and Industrialization: factory, wage labor, cooperatives, market, state design
5.Political “avant-guards”: Narodniks, Socialists-Revolutionaries, Mensheviks, anarchists
6.Revolution and national issue: between ethnicities and nationalities
7.Gender and identity issues during the transition.

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Comments

jondwhite
Apr 11 2019 08:40
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sterile, dogmatic and often self-assertive gesture of the various ideological-political trends claiming or rejecting the October (or part of the October) legacy

These are not attributes of critics of the October revolution.

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 what seems to be dominating is, on one hand, sanctifications, mechanical replication, undeniable faith to different political dogmas, or on the other hand, its uncritical rejection.

Critics do not uncritically reject October even Conquest etc. Only a few monarchists could be said to uncritically reject it.

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In such a climate, important and critical aspects of the Russian revolutionary process, as well as its opposition and reversal, remain in the dark

What aspects remain in the dark. I think it has been done to death.

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because they do not fit into the “established” narratives

What established narratives? Anarchist ones?

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, the enormous social movement of the millions of revolutionary protagonists as well as their original creative agency,

Stop watching Eisenstein. What happened to Bogdanov? How many votes did parties get?