Intellectual Revolution at The University of Chicago

Friday, April 7, 2017 to Saturday, April 8, 2017



Franke Insititute for the Humanities 

1100 East 57th Street 


The idea of the conference originates in the conference "The Russian Intellectual Revolution," held in Moscow in fall 2014, which took a multi-disciplinary approach to the broad intellectual changes (not only in politics) in the early 20th century, most evident in the nexus linking Bolshevism with formalism and the origins of critical theory. In tribute to the originators of the conference, Sergei Zenkin will be our keynote speaker.


This event is sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. The event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities should contact CEERES at 773-702-0866 or






Conference Schedule:


Friday, April 7




James Farr on Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto (1848)  

     Political Science, Northwestern University 


Mark Steinberg, “Wings of Time, Angels of Revolution: Proletarian Temporality, 1905-1921”
History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign     




Xiao Tie on Gustave Le Bon and Zhu Qianzhi

     East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University


Katerina Clark on Stalin’s 1925 speech to the Communist University of Toilers of the East (on literature as “national in form, socialist in content”)

     Slavic Languages & Literatures/Comparative Literature, Yale University




Justin Weir on Iurii Tynianov’s “On Literary Evolution”

     Slavic Languages & Literatures, Harvard University


William Nickell on Le Corbusier in Soviet Union

     Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago




Robert Bird on A Day of the World (1937/1960)

     Slavic Languages & Literatures, Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago


Paola Iovene on A Day in Shanghai (1939)

     East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago


Saturday, 8 April 2017




Sergei Zenkin, “Revolutionary Event and Literary Discourse”

     Russian State University of the Humanities (Moscow)




Davide Stimilli on Andrea Caffi’s Critique of Violence (1966)

     German and Russian, University of Colorado


Malynne Sternstein on Benjamin's Theses on History and Patočka's Heretical Theses on the Philosophy of History

     Slavic Languages & Literatures University of Chicago




Kaitlyn Tucker on estrangement in the early Ljubljana School  

     Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago


Alexei Yurchak on the end of Leninism

     Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley