The Russian Revolution and its Legacy

Aims of Congress

The Third International
Interdisciplinary Eurasian Congress  
“The Russian Revolution and its Legacy”
Kraków, Nov 7-9, 2017

It is impossible to ignore the importance the Russian Revolution of 1917, fraught with consequences both in its February phase, which resulted in negating the centuries-old tradition of monarchy, and the October phase, which was de facto a Bolshevik coup d’état. Some perceive the Revolution as "the greatest historical justice", while others as "the greatest social catastrophe". In any case, it has left its mark on the lives of the empire's citizens and changed the development trajectory of its many nations as well as of large part of the world.

"The long twentieth century" (described by Giovanni Arrighi) brought surprising changes in Russia - a country famous for its fossilized social structure and political system. Russian citizens experienced a period of rising capitalism, the almost 70-year long communist experiment and then the democratic and liberal transformation of the red empire, which in the end of 1991 disappeared from the world map, giving way to new, smaller subjects of international relations. Reflecting on that process of frequent and radical socio-cultural, political and economic changes may be helpful in forecasting the development of both the biggest player on the post-Soviet area - the Russian Federation - and other Eurasian states that swarmed out of the USSR nest.  

The aim of the Congress is to offer a fresh summary of the role which the Russian Revolution played in shaping the lives of the USSR nations and the rest of the world both in the internal and external dimensions. However, we will not focus on the events themselves, but rather on their far-reaching consequences since the underlying idea of the Congress is the assumption of the inalienable influence of the Revolution, also in the perspective of the upcoming decades, and the presumption of the benefits of the attempts to uncover that influence in various spheres, e.g. economy, international relations, broadly understood culture, social and religious life and in the process of shaping political systems.


In the English language:

1.Russia’s Transitions in the „Long 20th Century” and Their
Far-Reaching Consequences on the Modern World.

2.Russian Revolutionary Deconstructions After 1917 and After 1985
in the Spheres of Law and Economy: Russia’s Soul in Another Body.

3.Russian Culture Facing the Cruelty of New Times.

4.Western Attitudes Toward Contemporary Russia in the Context of the Communist Heritage.

In the Polish language:

1.Rewolucje rosyjskie: wynik nieuchronnej konieczności, świadomego wyboru czy historycznego przypadku? Nowe refleksje historyczne
w obliczu zmian we wschodnim sąsiedztwie Unii Europejskiej.

2.Perspektywy wielowymiarowej transformacji państw obszaru postradzieckiego w świetle pamięci i post-pamięci totalitaryzmu.

2.Polska i państwa Europy Środkowej wobec podmiotów powstałych
po rozpadzie czerwonego imperium: możliwości harmonizacji interesów
i ustanowienia współpracy.

4.Pokolenia inteligencji i twórców kultury w obliczu doświadczenia Rewolucji i realiów życia w państwie komunistycznym. 

In the Russian language:

1.Идентичность российской цивилизации в контексте революционных перемен ХVIII- ХХI веков.

2.Геополитические последствия российской революции
в глобальном масштабе: существенная роль коммунистических идей и Советского Союза в формировании государств современного мира.

3.Наследие революции и традиционных ценностей народов евразийского материка: поиски идейного и духовного стержня
в постсоветском мире.

4.Советское наследие на евразийском пространстве: шанс или препятсвие для мировой безопасности?

Organizational Information

1. The Organizers intend to create a publication before the start of the Congress.         

2. The participation in the Congress must be registered online by May 31, 2017. To register go to:

3. After the registration the participants are kindly asked to submit an introductory abstract of the proposed speech/publication. The abstracts limited to no more than 250 words should be mailed to: by May 31, 2017.

4. The languages of the Congress: English, Polish, Russian. The Organizers will not provide simultaneous translation of the discussions except the plenary sessions. The panels will be organized according to subjects and with language separation.   

5. The Congress fee:

Citizens and residents of Poland: 740,00 PLN

Fee without accommodation: 500,00 PLN

Foreigners – 200 € or 200 $

6. The Congress fee includes a reviewed publication, accommodation for two nights, meals during the sessions, a certificate of participation. 

The Organizing Committee:

President of the Congress – Prof. Joachim Diec

Secretary of the Congress  

Dr. Anna Jach,   e-mail:,  

tel.  +48 724-146-634

The office:

Dr. Michał Kuryłowicz, e-mail:

Anna Pająk: e-mail:

Address of the Organizing Committee:

Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Faculty of International and Political Studies

Institute of Russian and East European Studies

Al. Mickiewicza 3

31-120 Kraków, Polska

Tel. +48 12 623-77-30

Fax. + 48 12 634-24-81


The participants whose introductory abstracts will receive acceptance of the Organizing Committee are obliged to send the full texts together with their abstracts (in English and Russian if the paper is in Polish, or in English and Polish if the paper is in Russian, or in Polish and Russian if the paper is in English) and the biographical sketch in the primary language of the text by May 31, 2017 to:

  • The Organizing Committee reserves the right to verify the received texts and publish only the papers which will have received positive reviews.
  • One person may send only one text for publishing.
  • Standards and text length:
  • Main text – 20.000 to 25.000 characters (with spaces)
  • Abstracts – up to 250 words
  • Biographical sketch – up to 100 words
  • Editorial requirements   

    Harvard referencing style: As Kowalski says (2005, p. 12-13) and some authors from other circles (Burnham 2004, p. 6; Иванов 2006, p. 11)…..


    -under the text

    -separate lists for different alphabetical orders

    Kowalski, Jan (2005); The title of his work, Place of Publishing,
    the year of publishing


    Иванов, Иван Васильевич (2005) Заглавие его статьи, "Название Журнала" 2003, Nо 11(76), s. 67-79.