What Happened in 1917? Organising the Masses: Media and the Russian Revolution

As part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution, Calvert 22 Foundation is hosting a series of lively debates about the lasting impact of the “ten days that shook the world”.

What Happened in 1917? will bring together leading UK scholars and theorists with their counterparts from across the New East for critical explorations of the legacy of the Russian Revolution and our shifting views across the last 100 years.

Join us at these dynamic evenings for lively discussions and new perspectives on social history, economics, sex, media, alcohol and fashion.

Organising the Masses: Media and the Russian Revolution

The October Revolution had profound and immediate effects on the organisation and production of media in Russia. While the Bolsheviks set about swiftly to shut down the opposition press, they also began to experiment with innovative new ways of communicating with the masses. From newsreel, posters and photomontage, to wall and ‘acted’ newspapers, the Bolsheviks’ use of media has been credited as one of the reasons they maintained power following the civil wars.

In this talk, our panel – whose expertise include early-Soviet cultural theory, film and the press – will discuss why the Bolsheviks were so successful at using media and what enabled them to develop such ground-breaking techniques.

Participating speakers:

Chaired by Simon Tyszko, artist, filmmaker and radio broadcaster.

Craig Brandist is Professor of Cultural Theory and Intellectual History at the University of Sheffield and director of the Bakhtin Centre. His research interests include the interaction between Marxism, phenomenology, Gestalt Theory and various forms of linguistic and cultural theory within the specific context of early-Soviet Russia.

Jeremy Hicks is a Reader in Russian Culture and Film at Queen Mary University of London. His main research interests are Soviet film and World War Two, the reception of Soviet film in the West (1920s-40s), Soviet film and the Holocaust, Dziga Vertov, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and Soviet literature (1920s-40s).

Katie McElvanney is an AHRC collaborative doctoral candidate at Queen Mary University of London and the British Library. Her research focuses on Russian women journalists during the October Revolution and civil wars. As part of her PhD, Katie has been working closely with the British Library on its current exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths.

Organised in partnership with the European University at St Petersburg.

Booking terms & conditions

A deposit of £5 will be taken in lieu of a ticket, which will be fully refunded when you attend the event or send someone else in your place. Not attending the event and not sending anyone else in your place will mean you lose your deposit.

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We have a 12-hour cancellation policy, meaning you can cancel your ticket up to 12 hours before the event start time by emailing [email protected] and the deposit will be refunded to your account. For any cancellations made outside this time frame the deposit becomes non-refundable.