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Archives of World Socialism 

April 20, 2024, 10:30 AM-5:30 PM 

Amherst College Center for Russian Culture 

202 Webster Hall 

The nation-based archives of socialist states bely the world-making ambitions of socialist culture.  Despite widespread recognition of the scalar complexity of socialist internationalism and the reciprocity of exchange between its manifold forms of culture across geographies, socialist culture's claims to internationalism are still typically siloed within national contexts. This workshop brings together the Cultures of World Socialism working group to examine, share, and compare the documents and objects of socialist art and literature to gain a multipolar view of the socialist world between the multinational USSR, PRC, Soviet satellite states, and other communist and socialist countries. In considering the art and literature of socialism as a single interconnected corpus, this workshop recognizes the imperative for scholarly collaboration across borders, linguistic competencies, and disciplinary fields. Moving away from the authority of the national archive, the workshop seeks to reframe the diverse art and literature of socialism as an alternative archive, one that registers and envisions multiple modes of internationalism. Lastly, by attending to specific objects (manuscripts, printed books and ephemera, works of art and designed everyday objects), the planned symposium will serve the workshop’s movement from the history of artistic and literary institutions into the domains of materiality, aesthetics, and poetics. 

Sponsored by the Amherst College Center for Russian Culture, Five Colleges Symposium Fund, UMass Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Smith College Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. 

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Michael Kunichika
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