Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Taking Seriously the Conservative Challenge

May, 14 – 19:00 CET
Language: English

Ilya Budraitskis (UC Berkeley)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Maria Engström (Uppsala University)
Marina Bykova (North Carolina State University)
Alexey Zhavoronkov (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Artemy Magun (IGRec)
Ilya Kalinin (IGRec)

Online conference co-organized by Smolny Beyond Borders partner – the Institute for Global Reconstitution and by the journal of Studies in Eastern European Thought will address the current rise of right-wing forces as an ideological challenge of conservatism. The participants will tackle the crucial questions that contemporary conservatism and its permutations pose to the democratic Left. Is conservatism a legitimate ideology/perspective that, together with others, forms the marketplace of ideas in late Modernity? What are the differences among the conservative attitudes/ideas in various regions, and does the global spread of radical conservatism have a further promise? What are the main causes of the current triumph of conservatism in Russia, its main ideas and methods, its radical and the moderate varieties? Is it even necessary to talk of conservatism instead of “reaction”, “fascism”, or “fundamentalism”?

This is an online event.

For participation please register before the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.