AACaPS 13th Biennial Conference
A Century of Revolutionary Change: 1917-2017
June 29-30, 2017
Australian National University,
The ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) and the ANU School of Politics and Internal Relations (SPIR) are proud to host the 2017 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies (AACaPS). The conference is being held on the ANU campus in Canberra on 29-30 June. The conference is open to all scholars, students, professionals and members of the general public with an interest in research on the Soviet and post-Soviet world covering all academic disciplines. The conference is convened by Dr Kirill Nourzhanov.
Distinguished Professor and CAIS Director Amin Saikal welcomed the ANU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Brian Schmidt, to the Centre.
In opening the conference, Professor Schmidt acknowledged the conference is run under the auspices of the Australasian Association for Communist and Postcommunist Studies which was set up by Professor Harry Rigby who worked at the ANU between 1955 and 2011. Scholars such as Sheila Fitzpatrick, Bob Miller and Paul Dibb had made the ANU famous as a hub of learning and expertise on the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. He also acknowledged the continuing importance of the study of Russia and Central Asia in the current political and economic environment and the Centre's excellent contribution to this field. He said the Russia/China interaction of China's 'Belt and Road' initiative will be a space to watch in the future. The VC concluded by saying 'The fact that half a dozen of young PhD scholars from the ANU are presenting papers on this important region is a sign that Central Asian studies have a bright future at this university.'
Dr Andrey Kazantsev, Director of the Analytical Centre of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO - University), gave the keynote address entitled: ‘Taking Stock of the Bolshevik Revolution and Soviet Modernisation – Contemporary Debates in Russia’. Dr Kazantsev is pictured below with Dr Kirill Nourzhanov.
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