Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium

The Museum of Russian Art and a consortium of Minnesota colleges and universities will host an Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium at TMORA. Click ‘read more’ for a detailed itinerary of the event.

In connection with the museum’s exhibit The Romanovs:  Legacy of an Empire Lost. Presentations will address the art, literature, and history of the Russian empire


Saturday, February 15, 3:30  to 9:00pm



Welcome:  Dr. Masha Zavialova, The Museum of Russian Art (3:30-3:45)


Panel 1:  The Romanovs and Empire (3:45-4:45)  

Chair:  Professor Peter Weisensel, Macalester College

1. Erica Skog, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, “The Challenge of Shamil to Romanov Rule in the Caucasus”

2. Nicholas Davidson, University of Minnesota, “Nikolai Konstantinovich:  A Romanov Prince in Central Asia”

3. David Galick, St. Olaf College, “Responding to the Dual Threat to Kazakhness:  The Rise of Alash Orda and its Uniquely Kazakh Path”


Panel 2:  The Romanovs and Creativity (4:45-5:45)

Chair, Professor Roslye Ultan, University of Minnesota

1. Brianna Theis, St. Mary’s University, “The Shackled Hands of Russia’s Poet: Nicholas I’s Personal and Professional Censorship of Alexander Pushkin”

2. Anna Segner, St. Mary’s University, “The Representation of Empire in Mikhail Lermontov’s Paintings and Prose”

3. Paul Schmitt, St. Mary’s University, “The Otherworldly Bureaucracy in Gogol’s Petersburg Tales


Break (5:45-7:00)

Violinists, Dr. David Leung, St. Mary’s University, and Maureen Yeun, State University of New York at Fredonia, will perform selections from Prokofiev’s duo sonata during the break.

Panel 3:  The Romanovs and Orthodoxy (7:00-8:00)

Chair:  Professor Carolyn Ayers, St. Mary’s University

1. John Soucheray, St. Mary’s University, “‘In Search for Russia’s Soul’:  Khomiakov and Sobornost Principles in Russian Orthodox Theology Imagining Russia as the Last Bastion of Hope in the World, 1830-1860”

2. Jacob McNeil, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, “Nicholas II and the Revolution of 1905:  The Emperor’s View of Autocracy”

3. Peter McColl, St. Mary’s University, “A Crisis of Identity:  Old Believer Iconography under Nicholas II”


Panel 4:  The Romanovs and Change (8:00-9:00)

Chair:  Professor Erich Lippman, St. Mary’s University

1. Gina King, University of Minnesota, “The Framed Misfortune of Nicholas II”

2. Katherine Reilly, Macalester College, “The Aspirations of the Romanovs in Exile”

3. Valentino Grbavac, Macalester College, “The Soviet Secret Police and the Romanov ‘Threat’:  Operation Trust (1921-1926) and its Role in Strengthening Soviet Russia and Undermining Monarchist Attempts to Restore Imperial Russia”


Seating is limited, registration is required. To register, click here!



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.

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