Days from the Reigns of Eighteenth-Century Russian Rulers

An International Workshop dedicated to the Memory of Professor Lindsey Hughes

12-13 September 2007. Biblioteca de Storia Contemporanea 'A Oriani', Ravenna, Italy.

Empress Theodora, San Apollinare Nuovo

Organisers: Anthony Cross (Cambridge) and Maria di Salvo (Milan)

Wednesday 12 September

10.00 - Welcome

10.15 - Session 1: Reign of Peter I (Chair - Maria di Salvo)

  1. Paul Dukes - 1 September 1689: A Very Good Day for Peter the Great
  2. Maria Cristina Bragone - 17 May 1698: Peter Supports Secular Printing

11.15 - Coffee

11.45 - Session 2: Reign of Peter I (Chair - Roger Bartlett)

  1. Nancy Kollman - 27 October 1698: Buried Alive
  2. Robin Milner-Gulland - 16 May 1703: St Petersburg - the Foundation Myth

13.00 - Lunch

14.30 - Session 3: Reigns of Peter I and Peter II (Chair: Gareth Jones)

  1. Gary Marker - 30 October 1708: A Very Bad Day for Peter
  2. Denis Shaw - 2 November 1716: Publishing Geographies for Peter
  3. Maria di Salvo - 30 November 1729: The Betrothal of Peter II and Ekaterina Dolgorukaia

16.00 - Tea

16.30 - Session 4: Reign of Elizabeth (Chair: Tony Cross)

  1. Paul Keenan - 23 December 1742: Elizabeth returns to Petersburg after Her Coronation
  2. Simon Dixon - 30 July 1752: The Opening of the Peter Canal at Kronstadt
  3. Polly Blakesley - 23 October 1757: Lomonosov, Shuvalov and the Foundation of the Academy of Arts

Thursday 13 September

10.00 - Session 5: Reigns of Peter III and Catherine II (Chair - Denis Shaw)

  1. Ron Vroon - 9 June 1762: The Toast that toppled an Emperor
  2. Roger Bartlett - 30 October 1763: The Beginning of Abolitionism in Russia

11.15 - Coffee

11.45 - Session 6: Reign of Catherine II (Chair - Gary Marker)

  1. Wendy Rosslyn - 5 May 1764: The Founding of the Smol'nyi Institute
  2. Elise Wirtschafter - 20 September 1765: Tsesarevich Paul's Eleventh Birthday and Platon's 'Sermon on Learning'

13.00 - Lunch

14.30 - Session 7: Reign of Catherine II (Chair: Simon Dixon)

  1. Tony Cross - 8 August 1768: The Laying of the Foundation Stone of Rinaldi's St Isaac's Cathedral
  2. Robert Dimsdale - 20 October 1768: Dr Dimsdale Spends a Day with the Empress
  3. Gareth Jones - 22 September 1769: Latest News!

16.00 - Tea

16.30 - Session 8: Reigns of Catherine II and Alexander I (Chair: Paul Dukes)

  1. Mark Altshuller - 12 February 1785: Premiere of Nikolev's Tragedy 'Sorena i Zamir'
  2. Patrick O'Meara - 27 September 1825: The Funeral of the Duellist Konstantin Chernov

20.00 - End of Conference Dinner, Trattoria al gallo