International online conference "The Russian Diaspora in Belgium: Unique Destiny and Cultural Heritage"

100th Anniversary of the “Russian Exodus”
International online conference "The Russian Diaspora in Belgium: Unique Destiny and Cultural Heritage"
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The Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels and the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) invite you to attend the International online Conference

100th anniversary of the “Russian Exodus”

The Russian diaspora in Belgium: unique destiny and cultural heritage

November 26, 2020 in Brussels

The conference is dedicated to the centenary of the Exodus of the White Army from Russia. This event largely determined the character of the Russian community in Belgium. Many emigrants (they called themselves refugees) took part in the Civil War; the first immigrant organizations were officers' organizations. In 1927, General Pyotr Wrangel, commander of the Russian army in the Crimea, moved to Belgium, and by the end of the 1930s Brussels became the capital of the Russian “military” emigration, the features of which remained until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Having preserved its inherent Orthodox and monarchical culture, the Russian emigration in Belgium was proud of the uniqueness of their fate and invariably emphasized the positive role of the Belgian environment in preserving the Russian cultural heritage.

After a hundred years, the time has come to comprehend the history of the Russian emigration in Belgium: how did the life of Russians in Belgium differ from the lives of Russian diasporas in other countries? How was the synergy between the Russian emigrants and their Belgian encirclement developed, and which experience of this interaction can be useful and relevant today? Did the features of the Russian community in Belgium contribute to its preservation as a diaspora and, therefore, to the preservation of its cultural heritage? What did the Russian post-revolutionary migration bring to Belgium and what is the role of its descendants in modern Belgian society?

The conference will be attended by Belgian and Russian researchers, historians and writers, descendants of participants of the “Russian Exodus” and post-revolutionary emigration to Belgium:

 

Rossotrudnichestvo 

Moscow House of Compatriots

Alexander Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad

KU Leuven

Russian Heritage Foundation

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

Thematic blocks:

  1. The history of the post-revolutionary Russian emigration in Belgium: a century-long path.

Speakers:

Wim Coudenys, professor of Russian history and culture at the KU Leuven, specialist in the history of Russian emigration, Russian historiography and Belgian-Russian relations of the 19th-20th centuries.

“Life after the Tsar. Russian emigrants in Belgium, 1917-1945".

 

Marina Sorokina, historian, head of the department of the history of Russian abroad at the House of Russian Abroad Alexandre Soljenitsyne, candidate in historical sciences. Author of more than two hundred articles published on the history of science, the history of Russian foreign countries and the problems of historical memory. Regularly invited to the universities of Vienna (Austria), Belgrade (Serbia), Wisconsin-Madison (USA), Toronto (Canada) and others. Member of the editorial board of the journals: "Nature", "Directory of the house of Russians abroad", series "Russian culture in Europe", International Scientific Committee of the magazine Connex (Switzerland). Responsible for the Internet portals "Necropolis of Russian science abroad", "Faces of Russia abroad", "Russian Serbia".

“To Know and Remember: The Image of the Russian Belgium in the Historical Memory of the Modern Russia”.

 

Irina Troitskaia, cultural expert, specialist in intercultural communication, sworn translator, director of the Troitsky Bridge club. Author of the book "Russian-speaking immigrants in Brussels, a study of Russian-speaking emigration in Belgium". Author of the program: "The cultural characteristics of doing business in different countries.".

“100 years later. Similarities and differences between the first, second and third waves of Russian emigration to Belgium".

 

  1. Russian emigration – to Belgium. What is the contribution of the Russian diaspora to the development of the country that gave it shelter?

Speakers:

Vladimir Ronin, PhD in History, Associate Professor of the Antwerp Department of the KU Leuven (Belgium), author of a two-volume monograph “Russian Congo, 1870-1970” (Moscow, 2009) and many articles on the history of Russian emigration in Belgium between 1830 and 1950.

“What attracted Russian Emigrants in Belgium?”

 

Daria Brancart, PhD researcher in Slavistics at KULeuven, is dedicated to the study of the preservation of the cultural heritage of Russian emigration in Belgium in the interwar period, has 4 Master’s degrees. Specialist in history of culture, heritage preservation, intercultural and professional communication between the Russian-speaking world and Europe. Member of the Society for the Preservation of the Historical and Cultural Heritage.

"The Cultural Life of the Russian Emigration in Belgium interbellum".

 

Nadiejda Avdioucheva-Lecomte- Doctor of art history. Researcher on the history of the Russian artistic emigration to Belgium. Member of the Association of Art Critics - Organization of Art Historians and Critics, Russia. Member of the Expert Council of the D. S. Likhatchev Foundation program and of the "Art and architecture of Russia beyond the borders" website. Author of numerous publications on the history of culture and the artistic life of the Russian emigrants in Belgium.

“Russian artistic emigration to Belgium. Results and prospects".

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H.E. ALEXANDER TOKOVININ
H.E. ALEXANDER TOKOVININ
PAVEL SHEVTSOV
PAVEL SHEVTSOV
KONSTANTIN MOGILEVSKY
KONSTANTIN MOGILEVSKY
VADIM PROKOPENKOV
VADIM PROKOPENKOV
EMMANUEL WAEGEMANS
EMMANUEL WAEGEMANS
VERA BUNINA
VERA BUNINA
DANIEL STEVENS
DANIEL STEVENS
Wim Coudenys
Wim Coudenys
Irina Troitskaia
Irina Troitskaia
Marina Sorokina
Marina Sorokina
ALEXANDRE KHOUDOKORMOFF
ALEXANDRE KHOUDOKORMOFF
Vladimir Ronin
Vladimir Ronin
Daria Brancart
Daria Brancart
Nadiejda Avdioucheva-Lecomte
Nadiejda Avdioucheva-Lecomte
EVGENIYA PYADYSHEVA
EVGENIYA PYADYSHEVA