From Prague Spring to Arab Spring: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Protest and Revolution, 1968-2012



Robert Crews, CREEES
Katherine Jolluck, Stanford
Jane Curry,
Joel Beinin, Stanford
Edith Sheffer, Stanford
Gail W. Lapidus, Stanford
Cihan Tugal, UCB
Sean Hanretta, Stanford
Djordje Padejski, Stanford
Natalya Koulinka, Stanford
Jason Wittenbrg, UCB
Kathryn Stoner, Stanford
Edward Walker, UCB
Yuri Slezkine, UCB ISEEES

Date and Time

March 2, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Open to the public.

No RSVP required


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

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36th Annual Stanford - Berkeley Conference on Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies


 From Prague Spring to Arab Spring:  Global and Comparative Perspectives on Protest and Revolution,


 Friday, March 2, 2012

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford 

9:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Robert Crews (Director, Stanford CREEES)

 10:-00 – 11:45

Panel One – Who Makes Revolutions?

Chair:  Katherine Jolluck (Stanford) 

Jane Curry (Santa Clara Univ.), “Media - New and Old:  How It Has Made Protest and Revolutions” 

Joel Beinin (Stanford), “Working Classes and Regime Change in Egypt and Poland” 

Edith Sheffer (Stanford), “Global 1989?”  

1:00 – 3:00

Panel Two – How (Some) Revolutionaries Prevail and Others Fail

Chair: Gail Lapidus  (Stanford)

 Cihan Tuğal (UCB), “Islam and Neoliberalism in the Revolutionary Process”

 Sean Hanretta (Stanford), “The Arab Spring and West Africa: Influences and Consequences” 

Djordje Padejski (Stanford), “Serbian Fall:  Lessons from a Democratic Revolution”  

Natalya Koulinka (Stanford), “A Revolution that Persistently Fails:  The Case of Belarus” 



3:15 - 4:45

Panel Three – Interpreting Protest Movements

Chair: John Dunlop (Stanford)

Jason Wittenberg (UCB), “Political Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Hungary” 

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (Stanford), “Arab Spring, Slavic Winter?” 

Edward Walker (UCB), “The Collapse of Soviet Socialism and the Arab Spring Compared” 


Closing Remarks

Yuri Slezkine (Director, UCB ISEEES) 


Co-sponsored by: the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at Stanford University, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers program


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