Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Conference. Russian Emigration on the Waves of Freedom

In celebration of the centennial jubilee of the Philosophy Steamer and the 80th anniversary of The New Review / Novyi Zhurnal, this conference—Russian Emigration on the Waves of Freedom—focuses on the unknown pages of the intellectual history of Russian émigré culture in the 20th century and the problem of exterritoriality of émigré heritage. This conference seeks to integrate the social, cultural, and intellectual contributions of the multiethnic Russian-language diaspora to world culture.



All times in EDT (New York). Each panel requires individual registration.


Monday, May 2, 2022


11:00am | Panel I (in English)

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Chair: Basil Lvoff, Hunter College

  • Alexandra Aikhenvald (Australia)
    • Australian Laureate Fellow, Center for Indigenous Health Equity Research, Central Queensland University Cairns, Queensland / Australia
    • Topic: The Philosophers’ Ship on Novinsky Boulevard: The Legacy of Iuli Aikhenvald in the Work of His Descendants
  • Lesley Chamberlain (United Kingdom)
    • Writer, independent scholar, author of the book Lenin’s Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia
    • Topic: Meeting Victor Frank
  • Roger W. Smith (United States)
    • Independent scholar, host of the website devoted to Prof. Pitirim Alexandrovich Sorokin
    • Topic: Pitirim Sorokin and the Russian Émigré Community
  • Michal Racyn (Brno, Czechia)
    • Masaryk University, Department of Slavonic Studies
    • Topic: N.S. Trubetzkoy and P. N. Savitsky: Two Eurasianist Approaches to the Literary Concepts of Russian Formalism
  • Olga Partan (United States)
    • Associate Professor of Russian Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
    • Topic: Michael Chekhov: A Russian Knight Templar in Exile?
  • Alexandra Smith (United Kingdom)
    • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh
    • Topic: A Man Who Defeated Death: Ivan Bunin’s Liberation of Tolstoy (1937) as a New Gospel


2:30pm | Panel II (in English)

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Chair: Mark Lipovetsky, Columbia University

  • Irina Petrova (United Kingdom)
    • University College of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies
    • Topic: US Slavic Studies During WWII: The Case of The New Review / Novyi Zhurnal
  • Alex Tudorie (United States)
    • Academic Dean of the Saint-Vladimir Seminary, a Professor of Church History
    • Topic: The St-Vladimir Seminary through the Focus of the Academic Contribution of Russian Émigrés
  • Lada Panova (United States)
    • Visiting Assistant Researcher, UCLA
    • Topic: Born in Exile: Celebrating the Centennial of the Russian Künstlerroman
  • Michael Atherton (Australia)
    • Professor Emeritus, Western Sydney University
    • Topic: In Exile from St. Petersburg: The Life and Times of Abram Saulovich Kagan (1889-1983), Book Publisher
  • Sophia Manukova (United States)
    • City College of San Francisco
    • Topic: Ayn Rand and Alexandra Kropotkin in the USA


Tuesday, May 3, 2022


11:00am — Panel III (in Russian)

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Chair: Marina Adamovitch, Editor-in-Chief of The New Review

  • Rene Guerra (France)
    • Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
    • Topic: In Memory of My Friends and My Confederates: Russian White Émigrés in France
  • Elena Kuhlen (Germany)
    • Independent Scholar
    • Topic: Ivan Elagin: The Typical and the Individual in the Destiny of the Poet Émigre
  • Vladimir Khazan (Israel)
    • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Topic: Yuly Margolin on the Pages of The New Review: Some Remarks on the Subject of The New Review and Israel
  • Elena Solominski (Germany)
    • Independent Scholar
    • Topic: The Russian Jewish Émigrés Union in WWII
  • Vadim Kreyd (United States)
    • Professor Emeritus, Iowa University
    • Topic: Georgy Ivanov and The New Review


2:30pm — Panel IV (in Russian)

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Chair: Olga Partan, College of the Holy Cross

  • Dmitri Bobyshev (United States)
    • Professor Emeritus, Illinois University
    • Topic: Noah’s Ark of Russian Emigration: In memory of Yury Ivask & Igor Chinnov
  • Galina Epifanova (United States)
    • Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco
    • Topic: Philosophical Resources in the Archive of the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco
  • Yelena Dubrovina (United States)
    • Independent Scholar
    • Topic: Youri Mandelstam as a Literary Critic in France between the Wars
  • Maria Rubins (United Kingdom)
    • University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies
    • Topic: Mass Culture of the “Golden Twenties” in Vladimir Nabokov’s King, Queen, Knave