New Directions in the Scholarship on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Memory and the Transnational Impact 60 Years After

October 21, 2016

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 6:45 PM

104 Illini Union (1401 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801)

Free and Open to the Public

Zsuzsa Gille (University of Illinois)
Richard Esbenshade (University of Illinois)

Stefano Bottoni (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Kenneth Cuno (University of Illinois)
Peter Kenez (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Arpad Klimo (University of Pittsburgh)
Maya Nadkarni (Swarthmore College)
David Ost (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
Emanuel Rota (University of Illinois)

This event is sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois with partial support provided by the Department of Education Title VI National Resources Centers Program.

Co-Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; European Union Center; Center for Global Studies; and Department of Anthropology

Hungarian Revolution Flyer

Conference Flyer

Schedule of Events:

Welcome and Introduction
9:00-9:30 a.m.

1956 Hungary: Events, Controversies and the West
9:30-11:20 a.m.

Hot Fall in the Cold War: Hungary in 1956 (Documentary, 56 min., Written by János M. Rainer, 2006)

Peter Kenez (History, University of California at Santa Cruz)
“Budapest, Summer of 1956”

1956 in the Library
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Kit Condill (Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Little Newspapers vs. Little Stalins: Sources on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 at the University of Illinois Library and Beyond”

Recollections, Memory and the Politics of 1956 in Hungary
1:00-2:45 p.m.

Árpád v. Klimó (History, The Catholic University of America)
“1956 and the Collapse of Stalinist Politics of History: Forgetting and Remembering the 1942 Újvidék/Novi Sad Massacre in Hungary and Yugoslavia (1950s – 1960s)”

Maya Nadkarni (Anthropology, Swarthmore College)
“The Challenge of 1956 in Postsocialist Public Memory”

Transnational Context and Reverberations in the Soviet Bloc
3:00-4:45 p.m.

Stefano Bottoni (Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
“State-Building Terror? 1956 and its Consequences in Romania”

David Ost (Political Science, Hobart and William Smith College)
“Why Didn’t It Matter More?”

Transnational Context and Reverberations Globally
5:00-6:45 p.m. 

Ken Cuno (Department of History, UIUC)
“The Other Crisis of 1956: Suez” 

Emanuel Rota (Department of Italian and French, UIUC)
“Who is the enemy? The Western European Left and the Hungarian Crisis”