Archive for the ‘Russia Past & Present’ Category


During this academic year, the IE Humanities Center has organised a Cycle of Conferences focused on Russia in which we have had the opportunity of discussing Russia’s past and present from different angles, from cultural to economic, from literature to cinema.


Prof. Kelly, Pilar Bonet and Prof. Torres

We have been fortunate enough to enjoy the presence of renowned world specialists from prestigious universities worldwide, as well as professional from other areas, in both our campuses, Madrid and Segovia.

The cycle started with a round table in which Catriona Kelly (Professor at the University of Oxford) and Pilar Bonet (Correspondent of El País in Russia) discussed perceptions and self-perceptions of Russia both historically and nowadays. The debate focused around questions currently raised in Russian and foreign press and Russia’s inte rnational politics (January 28th, Segovia)


Prof. Gabaldon and Prof. Ortiz

In order to get a better understanding of Russia’s geopolitical position, an economic expert in Emerging Markets from BBVA Research Division, Álvaro Ortiz Vidal-Abarca, joined us to present and dis cuss the current figures of Russian economy in order to better grasp what are the real opportunities of Russia as a BRIC country in current competitive global markets. Our Professor Patricia Gabaldon of Economic Environment of the IE Business School hosted the session and the debate (February 18th, 2016).


Prof. Gonneau, Prof. Torres and Prof. Franklin

After discussing current economic affairs, we turned our eyes back into the past, for which we counted with the presence of two great historians Pierre Gonneau (Université Sorbonne-Paris IV) and Simon Franklin (University of Cambridge) to discuss historical ghosts and historical constructions and how do they affect international relations and current conflicts, such as the one in the Ukraine nowadays. The session took place on March 3rd in Segovia. Both sessions in Segovia were hosted by the Director of the Seminar Susana Torres, Professor of Humanities at IE University.


Film Director Jaime Dezcallar

The last conference this academic year was presented by Jaime Dezcallar, film director and enthusiastic specialist on Russian cinema. Jaime presented with the help of fascinating videos and multimedia material the history and social and political uses of Russian cinema since it began at the beginning of the 20th century, and all its artistic and technical innovation throughout this century and How these new language deeply influenced great masters of the cinema such as Alfred Hitchcock. The session took place in Madrid on April 21st and it was hosted by Fernando Dameto, Deputy Director of the IE Humanities Center.

Another session, focused on Russia’s international relations, presented by Ambassador Francisco Javier Elorza, former Ambassador in Moscow, will take place at the beginning of next academic year. We look forward to it!


077-odessa-escalera-potemkinThursday, April 21st 2016, 6pm, at MMB102 (Maria de Molina 31 Bis, Madrid)

The Lumière brothers visited St. Petersburg in 1896 with their films and their little projector to show their invention. Film was shot for the first time in Russia that same month to capture the coronation of the Zsar Nicholas II at the Kremlin. That was the spark that lit the imaginary of one of the most relevant countries for filmmaking, contributing with innovative cinematic techniques, and some of the most important principles of filmmaking such as Eisenstein ideas for montage. Russia is a cultural giant that has produced masterpieces such as Battleship Potemkin, Man With A Movie Camera or Solaris, and now fights silence and oblivion with jewels such as Burnt By The Sun, The Russian Ark and last years’ Leviathan. State of the art montage and emotion.

Speaker: Jaime Dezcallar, Film Director. Moderator: Fernando Dameto, Deputy Director of IE Humanities Center

If you wish to attend please register here


Cycle Russia: Past and Present “THE HISTORICAL GHOSTS”

Written on February 24, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in Russia Past & Present

RPP_Historical_GhostsThursday, March 3rd 2016, 6pm, at Sala Capitular (Segovia)


Sometimes current political decisions seem difficult to explain without the necessary historical background. The present seminar aims at giving a general overview of Russia since it has been, and still is, a key player in the history of Europe. In discussion with academic experts we will try to find out how this lasting empire portray herself with respect to the immediate neighbours and how does she perceive relations with others.


Speakers: Prof. Simon Franklin, University of Cambridge and Prof. Pierre Gonneau, Sorbonne Paris IV. Moderator: Susana Torres, Associate Professor IE University


If you wish to attend please register here


Cycle Russia: Past and Present “NEW PLAYERS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY”

Written on February 8, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in Russia Past & Present

RussiaPastPresent_Feb18_cThursday, February 18th 2016, 6pm, at MMB-102 (Maria de Molina 31 Bis, Madrid)


Alongside political reforms, economic reforms were also implemented in all these countries, some with more success than others. Both foreign investment and trade have been promoted, but neither of them is free of risk. The process of passing form a socialist economy to modern capitalism generated problems in the privatisation of the former public sector, and combining these variables with supranational structures as well as a global economy are some of the challenges presently faced by these countries. An open debate between representatives of private and public sectors would provide a wider picture of which are the opportunities and hindrances for investors in this part of the world.


Speaker: Álvaro Ortiz Vidal-Abarca, Chief Economist Cross Country Emerging Markets, BBVA. Moderator: Patricia Gabaldon, Professor of Economic Environment, IE Business School


If you wish to attend please register here


matrioshka-maidanThursday, January 28th 2016, 6pm, at Refectory (Segovia)

Probably the greatest contribution of Russia to European culture, or at least the most acknowledged, has been the Russian 19th century novel, which encompassed as few other literary traditions the struggle for modernity as well as visions of a better future. Nowadays, Russian society struggles between past and present narratives, moving between official and underground accounts of her past and present. By confronting Russia’s past and present depictions of herself we might be able to discern which elements are still permanent of Russia’s vision of Russia.

Speakers:  Prof. Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford and Pilar Bonet, correspondent of El País in Russia. Moderator: Susana Torres, Associate Professor IE University

If you wish to attend please register here

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