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The Thaw: Visual Culture and Beyond

April 9, 2010
09:00AM - 04:00PM

Max Kade Center, Room 329A
3401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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Categories: Conference/Symposium

Laughing Matters
Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev’s Thaw, 1956-1964

9:00 am  Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:30 am  Keynote Speech
“Socialism demagnetized: new approaches to the post- totalitarian Epoch of Soviet History,”
Benjamin Nathans (University of Pennsylvania)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm  Visual Culture
Chair: Christine Poggi (University of Pennsylvania)
Discussant: Kevin M.F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania)

  • “Deineka in the Thaw: ‘The Artist of Modernity,'” Christina Kiaer (Northwestern University)
  • “Cold War Cartoons: Boris Efimov and the fate of Stalinist Culture in the Thaw,” Stephen Norris (Miami University)
  • “Laughing Matters: Soviets Propaganda Posters in the Thaw,”
  • Masha Kowell and Liliana Milkova  (University of Pennsylvania and Oberlin College)

1:00 pm –  2:00 pm Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Beyond the Visual
Chair: Devin Fore (Princeton University)
Discussant: Liliane Weissberg (University of Pennsylvania)

  • “Designs of Spring: On the Natural Form of Developed Socialism,” Robert Bird (University of Chicago)
  • Voluntarism and Coercion in Khrushchev’s Communist Party,” Edward Cohn (Grinnell College)
  • “Warhol in Kazakhstan,” Richard Meyer  (University of Southern California)

For further information please visit the Slavic Languages Department.

Laughing Matters will be shown April 10 to June 27, 2010 at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania.
Curated by Liliana Milkova and Masha Galkina-Kowell