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Dean of the College presents

Empire Under Siege: The Satirical Journals of the First Russian Revolution, 1905-1907

Presented by Oleg Minin

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

[Empire Under Siege: The Satirical Journals of the First Russian Revolution, 1905-1907]
The satirical journals that proliferated across the Russian Empire during the 1905 Revolution offer a rich and paradoxical portrait of one of the most complex and exciting episodes in Russia’s modern history and culture. On the one hand, the journals describe the impotence of the ancien regime headed by imperial Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, and the exuberance of popular liberation. On the other, they comment on the government response and the political developments of the revolutionary period often as a nightmare of demons, vampires, monsters, skeletons, executions, anti-Semitic pogroms, rapes and assassinations. Focusing on this special moment in Russian history and culture in general and in the evolution of Russia’s satirical press in particular, in this talk I will discuss the social and political developments (c. 1905-6) that gave rise to the unprecedented Empire-wide proliferation of politicized satirical press and address a host of important issues relating to the journals’ political leanings, censorship, financial considerations, visual and literary content and, significantly, targets of satire, of which the Empire itself became one. 
Please join us for a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Olin Atrium.

Oleg's talk will be accompanied by a concurrent, eponymous exhibition at the Stevenson library, under the skylights on the second floor of Kellogg.

Curated by Oleg, this exhibition opens on October 23 and runs through November 29, 2013. 

For more information, call 845-758-7490, or e-mail jcerulli@bard.edu.

Location: Olin, Room 102