Calendar of Events


University of London – please check publicity for each event for exact room.


Last Thursday of the month (usually), 6.30 pm

For more information on the talks, and the speakers, click the links.


Jan 18 – Steve Smith (University of Oxford): Red Petrograd: revolution in the factories 1917-18 (to launch a new edition of this classic book). 6.30pm-8.0pm, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XGRegister for tickets here.




Oct 27 – Steve Smith (University of Oxford): How much popular support did the Bolsheviks enjoy, 1917-1921

Nov 24 – Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck, University of London): Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution 

Dec 15 – Andy Willimott (Reading University): Living the Revolution: Urban Communes in 1920s Russia and the Invention of a Socialist Lifestyle.

Jan 26 – Sarah Badcock (Nottingham University): Kaleidoscopes of revolution: Russia’s 1917 revolutions in regional perspective.

Feb 23 – Katy Turton (Queens University, Belfast): Women in Revolt: the Female Experience of the 1917 Revolutions.

March 16 – George Gilbert (Southampton University): The Radical Right and the Russian Revolution.

March 30 – Dimitri Tolkatsch (University of Freiburg, Germany): The Ukrainian Peasant Insurgency in the Revolutionary Period.

April 27 – Chris Read (Warwick University): The Social History of the Revolutionary Period

May 25 – Barbara Allen (La Salle University, USA): Alexander Shlyapnikov and the Russian Metalworkers in 1917.  

June 29 – Don Filtzer (University of East London): The Working Class and the First Five-year Plan, 1928-32.

Sep 28 – Gleb Albert (University of Zurich): Early Soviet Society and World Revolution, 1917-27.

Oct 12, 6.30 pm – Lara Douds (University of York): Lenin’s “living link” with the people? The Soviet government’s Reception, 1917-1924.

Nov 30 – Wendy Goldman (Carnegie Mellon University, USA): The Family, Free Love and the Russian Revolution

Thu Nov 23, 6.30 pm – 1917 A Century On: A Debate. Discussion to be opened by Simon Pirani (author of The Russian Revolution in Retreat 1920-1924).


Russia 1917. “If woman is a slave, there will be no freedom. Long live the equality of women”