Second Nevada Conference on Russian Culture:
Art and Society*

November 24, 1997

Introduction. 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Statement
Dmitri Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Welcome to Conference Participants
Carol C. Harter, UNLV President

Session 1. 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Eastern Christianity and the Origins of Russian Artistic Culture
Sergei Averintsev, University of Vienna

Russian Spirituality and the Theology of Negation
Mikhail Epstein, Emory University

The Culture and Art of the Silver Age
Andrei Ariev, Editor, Zvezda

Discussant
Boris Paramonov, Radio Liberty

Luncheon. 12 noon. - 1:00 p.m.

Session 2. 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Russian Architectural Culture
Vladimir Paperny, Paperny and Associates

Russian Visual Art in Contemporary and Historical Perspective
Ekaterina Degot, Trediakov Gallery

From Sots Art to Post Art
Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Conceptualist Artists

Discussant
Svetlana Boym, Harvard University

Session 3. 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Survival of Art and the Art of Survival in Stalin's Russia
Marietta Chudakova, Moscow Literary Institute

Russian Literary Prose in the Late 20th Century
Alexander Genis, Radio Liberty

Russian Literary Criticism as an Art Form
Natalia Ivanova, Editor, Znamia

Discussant
Gisela Zimmermann, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

November 25, 1997

Session 4. 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Soviet Dissident Classics in Contemporary Perspective
Alexander Zholkovsky, University of Southern California

The Art of Dissent: Parody, Travesty and Irony in Late Soviet Culture
Dmitri Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Postmodern Poetics and Contemporary Russian Culture
Mark Lipovetsky, Illinois Wesleyan University

Discussant
Alexander Etkind, Kennan Institute

Luncheon. 12 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Session 5. 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Russian Verse as a Mirror of Perestroika
Mikhail Gasparov, Institute of Russian Language, Russian Academy of Sciences

Post-Soviet Musical Culture
Solomon Volkov, Author and Critic

Identity Politics in Contemporary Russian Art
Boris Groys, Karlsruhe School of Art and Media

Discussant
Lev Loseff, Dartmouth College

Session 6.4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Russian Culture at the Crossroads: Concluding Remarks
Katerina Clark, Yale University

General Discussion
Maurice Friedberg, University of Illinois; Alla Latynina, Literaturnaia Gazeta; Konstantin Kustanovich, Vanderbilt University; Irina Muravyova, Brown University; and Members of the Audience

Closing Statement
Dmitri Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dinner Reception 7:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex, UNLV

November 26, 1997

Day Trip to Zion National Park
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


*All conference proceedings take place in Ballroom C of the Howard Johnson Plaza Suite Hotel, 4255 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. A special conference hotel rate of $59 plus tax per night is available directly with the hotel, tel. 702-369-4000.


Web Links

Russian Culture at the Crossroads: Paradoxes of Postcommunist Cponsciousness
Russian Culture at the Crossroads: R
ussian Intellectual Culture
UNLV Center for Democratic Culture Russian Culture and Intelligentsia Project

First Nevada Conference on Soviet Culture
Third Nevada Conference on Russian Culture

Cold War Art Samples


Photography by Marianna Volkov