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Hegel to Russia and Back

April 12, 2013 - April 13, 2013

April 12 & 13, 2013  |  9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST  |  The Jordan Center’s Hegel Conference


The Hegel to Russia and Back conference is sponsored by the Humanities Initiative, the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center CUNY, and the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Building on and in many respects departing from traditional discussions of Hegel’s influence on generations of Russian thinkers, recent work on Hegel in Russia has significantly broadened its scope.  This conference seeks to explore the effects of migrating Hegelianism on a wide range of sociocultural practices: poetics of everyday behavior, fashioning of the self in history, mutations of narrative form, historiographic imaginaries of the modern, techniques of statecraft, literary criticism, etc.  The activist and far-reaching nature of Russian engagement with Hegel’s philosophy during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries provides us with especially rich material for continuing to pose the central Hegelian question of the relationship between the rational and the actual, while at the same time thematizing the mechanisms of transcultural reception itself.


Link to written recap of Day 1

Link to written recap of Day 2


Conference Schedule


Friday, April 12, 2013


Segal Theater
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Katherine Carl, CUNY

Yanni Kotsonis, NYU


10:30 AM – 1:00 PM  

Panel 2 | Wrestling with Hegel:  Three Encounters

Irina Paperno, UC Berkeley

Jeff Love, Clemson University

Katerina Clark, Yale University

Yanni Kotsonis, NYU (Discussant)


2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel 1 | Assimilating Hegelian Narratives

Vadim Shkol’nikov, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ilya Kliger, NYU

Victoria Frede, UC Berkeley

John Randolph, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Discussant)


5:00 PM          

Kojève Exhibit

Introduction with Boris Groys & Small Group Tours


Saturday, April 13, 2013


The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
19 University Place, Great Room
New York, NY 10003


9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel 3 | Soviet Hegel

Yanni Kotsonis, NYU

Vesa Oittinen, University of Helsinki

David Bakhurst, Queen’s University

Petre Petrov, Princeton University (Discussant)


12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel 4 | Hegel in Marxist Aesthetics

Vadim Shneyder, Yale University

Inessa Medzhibovskaia, The New School

Nikolaj Plotnikov, Ruhr-Universität

Olivia Crough, NYU (Discussant)


3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel 5 | Kojève

Boris Groys, NYU

Galin Tihanov, University of London

Siarhei Biareishyk, NYU

Irina Paperno, UC Berkeley (Discussant)


April 12, 2013
April 13, 2013
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Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia / City University of New York
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