Public Event

The Russian Revolution as the Mirror of Third World Aspirations
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana (View Map)

Vijay Prashad
Professor of International Studies and George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asia History, Trinity College


What did the Russian Revolution look like from India or Egypt or Southern Africa? What aspirations did it carry, what sentiment did it hold for people held in thrall of European colonialism? Why was it that these anti-colonial movements celebrated when Japan defeated the Tsarist forces in 1904 and then when the ordinary Russian people rose up in 1905? Why did Gandhi, sitting in South Africa, praise the rebels of 1905 and see in them something to emulate? What then did ‘1917’ mean to the emergent Third World Project? These are the questions central to this presentation.

Hosted by: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

In conjunction with: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, European Union Center, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Spurlock Museum