The October Revolution is a landmark both in the history of Russia and whole world history of the 20th century. The span between 1917 and  2017 is a good reason for reflection upon and critical reading of the past, while major questions arise about the present. Why is the Russian Revolution still relevant for us? How can this event be approached today, three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall?

Focusing on the connection between the dominant ideology and art, the upcoming Conference explores the way in which the October Revolution and the socio-political changes that followed affected the cultural production of the Soviet Union as well as that of other countries.

Main Sessions

  • Art and Authority
  • Institutions and their influence on cultural production
  • State awards, artists’ unions and collectivities
  • The stand and the role of the artists in the cultural production system
  • Heroes and anti-heroes during the Soviet and post-Soviet era
  • Socialist Realism: aesthetics and sociopolitical implications
  • Propaganda and Censorship
  • Cultural Politics and Diplomacy
  • Representations of the Revolution and the Soviet past in art – Then and Now
  • The influence of Soviet art and its effect on other cultures

*Τo be noted: The topics above are indicative; abstracts related to wider issues of the conference are not ruled out.

Target Audience

Aiming to create a field of interdisciplinary dialogue, this conference is open to faculty members, doctoral students, graduate students and researchers from related disciplines. The invitation is also addressed to individual or collective ongoing research and artistic projects related to the topic of the conference.

​Conference Language

The conference languages will be Greek and English.

The conference is organized under the aegis of the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.