2008: Uses of the Past

Uses of the Past 
Friday, April 25, 2008 
9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329A
9:30 – 10:00 am WELCOME BREAKFAST
Session I, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chair: Julia Verkholantsev (University of Pennsylvania)
Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University)
“Renegotiating the Past: Hadiach Agreement (1658) in the History of the Rus.”
Olenka Z. Pevny (University of Richmond)
“Ideology, Identity, and the Interpretation of Medieval Monuments in Ukraine”
Edward L. Keenan (Harvard University)
“The Uses of the Past: the East Slavic Case”
Discussant: Benjamin Nathans (University of Pennsylvania)
12:00 – 1:30 pm LUNCH BREAK
Session II, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Chair: Ilya Vinitsky (University of Pennsylvania)
Donald Ostrowski (Harvard University)
“The Shifting Present and Written Images of the Mongols”
Cherie Woodworth (Yale University)
“Defective Narratives and the Mother-in-Law Problem or History and Genealogy: Personal and Political in 15th-Century Muscovy”      Diagrams
Kevin M. F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania)
“Allegory’s Half-life: The Specter of Stalin’s Ivan in Contemporary Russia”
Discussant: Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)
3:30 – 4:00 pm COFFEE BREAK
Session III, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Chair: Vladislav Todorov (University of Pennsylvania)
Stephen M. Norris (Miami University)
“Terrorism Then and Now: Karen Shakhnazarov’s Rider Called Death (2003) and the
Contemporary Historical Film”
Kathleen E. Smith (Georgetown University and George Washington University)
“Spinning the Secret Speech: Propagandists and the Stalinist Past in 1956.”
Serguei A. Oushakine (Princeton University)
“A Confused Story of Confusion: Narrating History in Russian War Songs”
Discussant: Peter Holquist (University of Pennsylvania)
6:00 – 7:00 pm RECEPTION