Conference on Russia's 1612: History and Memory. Call for Papers.
The year 2012 coincides with the 400-th anniversary of the expel of the Polish tsar Wladyslaw from Moscow and the end of the Times of the Troubles, the Romanov dynasty being established the subsequent year. In the last decades, 1612 has reappeared on the scene of collective memory. In 2005 Putin introduced a new national holiday on 4 November to commemorate the Russian unity and the end of foreign intervention in Russia. In 2007 the historical film 1612, directed by Vladimir Khotinko and produced by Nikita Mikhalkov, was released. The movie triggered a great deal of reactions - not only in Russia, but also in Ukraine and Poland.
This conference aims at inquiring into the events and the memory of 1612. We welcome papers discussing both the impact and the consequences of the end of the Times of Troubles, as well as shedding a light on its memorization in different eras and countries. We are especially looking forward to receiving contributions dealing with the commemoration of 1612 in Tsarist Russia (e.g. the Minin & Pozharsky statue around 1812 and the celebration of 300 years of Romanov rule in 1913), in the Soviet Union, in the post 1991 independent countries involved, in Sweden, Poland, etc. Commemoration includes popular culture, literature, painting, movies, etc.
The conference is due to take place in Leuven (Belgium) on April 20th, 2012 and is organized by the Centre for Russian Studies, Slavic Studies and Modern History Departments at the K.U.Leuven. People interested in contributing to the conference are invited to submit a proposal of ca. 500 words to Dr. Pieter Boulogne (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15, 2011. We seriously consider the publication of the proceedings.
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