Convening 31 March 2016
Locating ‘Conservative Ideology’ in Today’s Russia

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (George Washington University) are pleased to present the second edition of the “Russia Workshop” (Click here for details about the first edition):

Locating ‘Conservative Ideology’ in Today’s Russia
IERES, The George Washington University
1957 E Street,NW, State Room, 7th floor
March 31-April 1, 2016


March 31, 2016

9:30-10:00 am – Registration and Breakfast

10:00-11:30 am – Session 1. The Kremlin’s Political Languages and the Conservative Narrative

Chair: Stephen Hanson (Reves Center, The College of William and Mary)

Olga Malinova (National Research UniversityHigher School of Economics, Moscow)
Putin 3.0 and Dilemmas of the Russian Identity: the New Official Narrative(s) for Domestic Use and at the International Arena

Maria Lipman (chief editor, Counterpoint, Moscow)
Paradoxes of Conservatism in Post-Soviet Russia

Marlene Laruelle (IERES, GWU)
Can we Map the Production of ‘Ideologies’ in Contemporary Russia?

11:30-11:45 am – Coffee-Break

11:45-1:15 pm – Session 2. The Orthodox Church: Networks, Doctrine, Worldview

Chair: Mark Bassin (Sodertorn University, Stockholm)

Geraldine Fagan (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
The Russian Orthodox Church’s Weakness as a Political Source of Conservative Values

Alexandr Verkhovsky (SOVA Center, Moscow)
The Ideological Message of the Church – how does it sound without Father Vsevolod Chaplin?

Mikhail Suslov (Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies)
The Russian Orthodox Church and the Ideological Tradition of Monarchism in Russia

1:15-2:00 pm – Lunch

2:00-4:00 pm – Session 3. Eurasianism and Eurasia: Trajectory of Concepts

Chair: Peter Rollberg (IERES, GWU)

Mark Bassin (Sodertorn University, Stockholm)
Lev Gumilev and the European New Right

Fabrizio Fenghi (Yale University)
Envisioning a Post-Historical Russian Empire: Aleksandr Dugin’s Eurasia Movement as an Aesthetic-Political Project

Irina Kotkina (Sodertorn University, Stockholm)
Visual Representations of Eurasianist Movement in Contemporary Russia

Igor Torbakov (Sodertorn University and Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies)
Neo-Eurasianism vs. Neo-Ottomanism? Nationalism and Geopolitics in Postimperial Russia and Turkey


April 1, 2016

10:00-11:30 am – Session 4. Prokhanov and Around. The Statist ‘Avant-Garde’

Chair: Marlene Laruelle (IERES, GWU)

Peter Rollberg (GWU)
The Transformations of Putin’s Image in Prokhanov’s Fiction and Non-Fiction

Maria Engström (Dalarna University, Sweden)
Daughterland (Rodina-Doch’): Personification of Homeland in Neo-Conservative Russian Art

Erik Lescar (Independent Researcher)
Glaz’ev’s Current Crisis Discourse

11:30 am-12:00 pm – Lunch

12:00-2:00 pm
Roundtable: The Kremlin’s Vision of World Order. How contemporary Russian conservatism sees the future Middle East and International Relations

Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations)

Mustafa Akyol
(journalist, Turkey)
Mark Kramer (Harvard University)
Marlene Laruelle (IERES, GW)
Nikolay Petrov (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

This conference is open to the public.
Registration is not required.


For information please contact:
chiara.galbersanini @

International Partners in the “Russia Workshop” Project:

Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), George Washington University; The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Berlin; the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; the Cold War Studies Program, Harvard University; the Kennan Institute for Advanced Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the London School of Economics; the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies, College of William and Mary; National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

Project Director:
Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations)

Scientific Coordinator:
Andrea Graziosi (Anvur)

Scientific Committee:
Alexey BARABASHEV (Higher School of Economics, Moscow); Giancarlo BOSETTI (Reset-DoC), Timothy J. COLTON (Davis Center), Andrea GRAZIOSI (ANVUR, University of Naples Federico II), Stephen E. HANSON (Reves Center), Mark KRAMER (Cold War Studies and Davis Center), Marlene LARUELLE (European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University; Andrei MELVILLE (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Matthew ROJANSKY (Kennan Institute), Alexandra VACROUX (Davis Center), Vladislav M. ZUBOK (The London School of Economics and Political Science)



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