Friday, March 09, 2007

Dugin and Soviet Civilization

When thinking about Dugin and today's Russia in general, have you ever wondered
if or how far today’s rejection of the rational and reference to irrational and antirational sources represents a radical break with the rational past of Soviet society or to what extent it represents a continuation of the anti-rational reaction to it, and thus a continuation or an intensification of elements in Soviet civilization?

This is the question asked by Professor Birgit Menzel of the University of Mainz, which a number of scholars will be trying to answer at the European Academy, Berlin, from Sunday 11 March to Tuesday 13 March. If you can't make it to Grunewald, the papers are at present available online--and include one in which I will argue that Dugin's Euasianism is more of a continuation of Soviet civilization than a break with it.

The Occult in 20th Century Russia / Оккультизм в России:
Metaphysical Roots of Soviet Civilization

Sunday, 11 March 2007–Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Organized by
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, 'Russian and East European Culture' working group
in cooperation with
The Harriman Institute/Columbia University

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