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Tagung: Regional Revolution(s) – 1917 and its Consequences in the Province

The Giessen Center for Eastern Europe (GiZo), with the support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, brings together scientists from the partner universities Minsk, Kazan and Kiev to discuss the fundamental issues of 1917 and the Revolution in the Province.


09.11.2017 13:30 bis 10.11.2017 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)


Senatssaal im Hauptgebäude der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Ludwigstrasse 23, 35390 Gießen

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  • November 9th, 2017


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Welcome and Introduction

Thomas Bohn (Giessen)/Svetlana Malysheva (Kazan’): Revolution at the Imperial Centers – questions from a German/Russian perspective


2:30 pm –- 4:30 pm Panel 1: Preconditions and Presumptions

Chair: Alla Salnikova (Kazan’)

Natalia Shlikhta (Kiev): The 1917 Break and its Aftermath: Estimates by Western and Ukrainian Historians

Pavel Tereshkovich (Minsk): Was Belarus’ ready for revolution in 1917? (in Russian)

Olena Betlii (Kiev): The Reaction of Russian Nationalists in Kiev to the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 (in Russian)

Commentator: Veniamin Kosmach (Vitebsk)


Break for Coffee


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Panel 2: Regional Alltag- and Mass Culture after 1917

Chair: Thomas Bohn (Giessen)

Svetlana Malysheva (Kazan’): The Formation of Soviet holiday culture between center and periphery (in Russian)

Andrej Czernakiewicz (Grodno): The Temptation of Liberty: Two Models for the Sovietization of Grodno (in Russian)

Mark Berman (Giessen): Everyday Life in Soviet Minsk 1921-1928

Commentator: Bianka Pietrow-Ennker (Konstanz)


  • November 10th, 2017


9:00 am – 11:00 am Panel 3: Revolution in the Vielvölkerreich: Ethnic and National Dimensions

Chair: Birte Kohtz (Moscow/Giessen)

Vitaliy Skalskyy (Kiev): What is this “Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921?” (in Russian)

Dimitri Tolkatsch (Freiburg): Revolution without Ideology and War without Frontlines - the Ukrainian Village, 1917-21

Alla Ehrlich (Hannover): Diverging Timelines in respect to the Russian Revolution 1917-1921 and the Crimean Tatars (in Russian)

Iskander Gilyazov (Kazan’): Volga Tatars and the Russian Revolutions of 1917. Expectations and Realities (in Russian)

Commentator: Klaus Heller (Fürth/Giessen)


Break for Coffee


11:30 am – 1:00 pm Panel 4: Science and Scientific Culture in the Province after 1917

Chair: Svetlana Malysheva (Kazan’)

Alla Salnikova (Kazan’): New Goals, New Symbols, New Myths: Revolutionary changes at Provincial Universities (in Russian)

Birte Kohtz (Moskau/Giessen): To Discipline and Build up. Provincial Psychiatry and Central Power after 1917

Tobias Haberkorn (Giessen): Emancipation instead of Revolution. Local museums in the 1920s

Commentator: Martin Aust (Bonn)

Break for Lunch

3:00 pm –- 4.00 pm Concluding Discussion

Alla Salnikova (Kazan’)/Birte Kohtz (Moskau/Giessen): Revolutions on the Periphery – insights from Belarus, Tatarstan and the Ukraine