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Бен Эклоф и Татьяна Сабурова “In Search of Authenticity: Populist Ethics and the Soviet Intelligentsia [A Case Study]”

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13 апреля в 17.00 (московское время) в рамках семинара Центра университетских исследований ИГИТИ выступят проф. Бен Эклоф и проф. Татьяна Сабурова с докладом “In Search of Authenticity: Populist Ethics and the Soviet Intelligentsia [A Case Study]”.

Аннотация: 
In 1988, in the regional city of Kirov [Viatka] a heated debate unfolded between those for and against attaching a memorial plaque to the home of Nikolai Charushin (1851-1937), a “second tier” Populist revolutionary and photographer who later in life established a prominent oppositionist newspaper, worked as an insurance agent for the zemstvo and finally as a librarian—all the while insisting he remained committed to his revolutionary ideals. Was he a “true” revolutionary, and who cared after all at a time when the people and the country had much bigger concerns to address? In this talk we argue that at the core of the Populist movement was ethical rationalism rather than a rigidly articulated ideology or terrorism. Moreover, it was their commitment to an ethical life-- a determination to make their deeds match their words - that at several points in the Soviet era drew both professional historians and the intelligentsia as a whole to these figures - in a search for an authenticity [podlinnost’] that was missing in their own lives and surroundings. Other topics to be broached include: how does this story fit into a grand narrative of generational change, or does it? what does it tell us about the genre of writing about such conflicts [“memory wars”]. Are there similarities in the discourse about Populism abroad?

Проф. Бен Эклоф  – главный научный сотрудник ИГИТИ им. А.В. Полетаева, профессор-эмирит Департамента истории Индианского университета в Блумингтоне. Проф. Татьяна Сабурова занимает должность доцента Департамента истории , а также является Академическим директором Семинара по российским исследованиям Индианского университета в Блумингтоне. Доклад основан на их совместной книге  «Дружба, семья, революция. Николай Чарушин и поколение народников 1870-х годов» (НЛО, 2016).
 
Доклад будет прочитан на английском языке, дискуссия пройдет  на английском и русском в формате ZOOM-встречи. Для получения ссылки, пожалуйста, заполните короткую форму регистрации

Аннотация:

 

In 1988, in the regional city of Kirov [Viatka] a heated debate unfolded between those for and against attaching a memorial plaque to the home of Nikolai Charushin (1851-1937), a “second tier” Populist revolutionary and photographer who later in life established a prominent oppositionist newspaper, worked as an insurance agent for the zemstvo and finally as a librarian—all the while insisting he remained committed to his revolutionary ideals. Was he a “true” revolutionary, and who cared after all at a time when the people and the country had much bigger concerns to address? In this talk we argue that at the core of the Populist movement was ethical rationalism rather than a rigidly articulated ideology or terrorism. Moreover, it was their commitment to an ethical life-- a determination to make their deeds match their words-- that at several points in the Soviet era drew both professional historians and the intelligentsia as a whole to these figures----in a search for an authenticity [podlinnost’] that was missing in their own lives and surroundings. Other topics to be broached include: how does this story fit into a grand narrative of generational change, or does it? what does it tell us about the genre of writing about such conflicts [“memory wars”]. Are there similarities in the discourse about Populism abroad?