This event is hosted by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and the UQ Art Museum

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. How should it be remembered today? Interpretation of the Russian Revolution has always been politically contentious, in the West as in the Soviet Union and its successor states. But the centenary, coming only a few decades after the collapse of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, finds Western scholars at a loss – and in Putin’s Russia is an outright embarrassment. In this talk, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick will survey past and present interpretative controversies about the Russian Revolution.

Sheila Fitzpatrick is one of the world’s foremost scholars in the field of modern Russian history. She was a founding figure in Soviet history. Her more recent work has focused on Soviet social and cultural history in the Stalin period, particularly everyday practices and social identity. She is currently working on projects on Soviet society under Khrushchev, displaced persons in Germany after the Second World War, and the Australian Left. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and is a past president of the American Association for Slavic and East European Studies. She is the winner of many prestigious scholarly awards including a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, the Award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, from the American Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Magarey Medal for Biography from the Australian Historical Association. Fitzpatrick is the author of many books, including the award-winning memoir, A Spy in the Archives (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, and London: I. B. Tauris, 2013) The Russian Revolution. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1st ed., 1982/3; 2nd revised ed. 1994; 3rd (revised) ed. 2007); On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics (Princeton University Press/Melbourne University Press, 2015) (winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for non-fiction, 2016). Fitzpatrick’s latest book is Mischka’s War. A European Odyssey of the 1940s (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press/London: I. B. Tauris, 2017).