The University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs have the great pleasure of inviting you to the seminar
Beyond Navalny. The (failed?) attempt by the national-democrats to reconciliate ‘nationalism’ and ‘liberalism’
The presentation will be given by Marlene Laruelle
, Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs, GWU.
The summer of 2013 was marked by the twists and turns of the Navalny case. If Navalny has become a symbol of opposition to Putin, he also embodies the new ideological trend of the national-democrats (natsdem
in Russian), a large and diversified platform. While nationalism was once limited to two main ideological trends – the ethno-nationalism of the extreme right and the Eurasianism of those nostalgic for the greatness of the imperial and/or Soviet past – the sudden emergence of nationalist references among Putin’s liberal opponents has caused confusion among Western pundits. This presentation seeks to close the gap by going ‘beyond Navalny’ in an attempt to anchor the ‘Natsdem’ phenomenon in a history of intellectual and social transformations in the debates on Russia’s national identity.
The seminar is part of the ‘New Russian Nationalism’ seminar series, a series of quarterly presentations on various aspects of Russian nationalism and part of the research project ‘Nation-building, nationalism and the new “other” in today’s Russia’, a joint project between NUPI and the University of Oslo funded by the Research Council of Norway under the NORRUSS programme.