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Spaces of (Post-) Soviet Dissent in Russia

May 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

James H. Billington Seminar on
Russian History and Culture

Recent mass protest rallies in Russia are often analyzed in terms of their economic and political ramifications. This panel will instead consider the historical context of protest activism in contemporary Russia. Participants will examine how different contemporary political activists and artists perpetuate, deconstruct, or subvert both the official line as well as dissent traditions in contesting state monopoly over the public space.

The Kennan Institute’s Billington Fellow Dmitry Kozlov will consider the spatial dimension of public protests in the Soviet Union and Russia. He will be joined by Professor Kevin Platt of the University of Pennsylvania, who will examine anti-state aesthetics in the post-modern politics, and Mikhail Nemtsev, who will discuss absurdist protest movements in Novosibirsk.

The seminar will be followed by a light reception.

The James H. Billington Seminar on Russian History and Culture is made possible through generous support for the Billington Initiative at the Kennan Institute.


Dmitry Kozlov, James H. Billington Fellow; Research Fellow at Research and Information Centre “Memorial”

Kevin Platt, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities, East European and Russian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Mikhail Nemtsev, Assistant Director, Jacques Rossi Memorial Fund for Gulag Research, Georgetown University

Monday, May 20, 2019



Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Phone: 202.691.4000



May 20, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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