Martin Miller, "Western Documentary Photography of the Soviet Union, 1928-1968"

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am


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Rogers, Sarah

Martin Miller

View Martin Miller's full tgiFHI talk here!

For more on Dr. Miller's work, read his interview in our "Meet Your Humanities Faculty" series. He describes life as an American graduate student in 1960s Moscow; how he analyzes photographs with a historian's eye; and how Western photographers were able to capture everyday life in the Soviet Union in the midst of the Cold War.

Talk description:

My book is an effort to enrich our knowledge of Soviet society during and after the Stalin era by using images made by Western documentary photographers as historical evidence, and to foreground aspects of the quotidian intimacy of Soviet society behind the Cold War divide.

Speaker bio:

Martin Miller is professor in the Department of History and in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke.

His previous books include:

  • Kropotkin (a scholarly biography of the Russian anarchist theoretician and activist), U Chicago Press.
  • The Russian Revolutionary Emigres, 1825-1870 (a prosopographic study of the first generation of Russian political exiles who fled Imperial Russia to Western Europe), Johns Hopkins UP
  • Freud and the Bolsheviks: Psychoanalysis in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, Yale UP
  • The Origins of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence, Cambridge UP
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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
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History, Slavic and Eurasian Studies