Conference examines Russia and Eastern Europe against the backdrop of the Russian revolutions

The Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies on 4-6 June will bring nearly 200 researchers from across the world to Tartu, where they will discuss the contemporary realities in the region.

This academic conference is organised for the second, consecutive year at the initiative of the University of Tartu’s Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS). This year’s conference theme is The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later.

The main conference organiser, UT Professor of EU-Russian Studies Viacheslav Morozov, explains the selection of the theme: “The Russian Revolution of 1917 remains a controversial, inconvenient topic both in Russia and in the global context. It had a profound impact on social and political developments all over the world, and many of its legacies are still with us today. It means that discussing the revolution we focus not only on our past, but also on our present and even the future.”

In the 42 panel sessions of the conference, more than 170 researchers and experts from around Europe, the US, Canada, Russia, and elsewhere are presenting their research. The variety of topics which will be discussed is broad, ranging from political science and security to economics and law, and from literature and translation studies to cultural and memory politics, in Russia and Eastern Europe as well as from an international perspective.

The conference will open on June 4 with a keynote address by Ronald Grigor Suny from the University of Michigan, who will speak on Lessons of October:  The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution. A plenary roundtable entitled, Soviet Legacies and De-Sovietization in Russia and Eastern Europe, will also be held in the afternoon on Monday, 5 June and will feature Mark Kramer from Harvard University, Richard Sakwa from the University of Kent, Madina Tlostanova from Linköping University, and Lauri Mälksoo from the University of Tartu. The programme also includes a visit to the Estonian National Museum.

The Tartu Conference is organized jointly by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University, under a Horizon 2020 Twinning project entitled “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent” (UPTAKE). For more information about UPTAKE, please visit the website

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website: and, in case of any questions, please contact Ms. Maili Vilson at or by phone at +372 737 6584.