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REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Matthew Klopfenstein, "Public Life through Public Death: Civic Activism, Media Spectacle, and Contested Spaces in the Funeral of Vera Komissarzhevskaia"

Event Type
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820)
Apr 9, 2019   12:00 pm  
Matthew Klopfenstein, PhD candidate (History)
Stephanie Chung Porter
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

The death of the actress Vera Komissarzhevskaia in 1910 while on tour in Tashkent and the return of her body to St. Petersburg and public funeral became an empire-wide phenomenon, demonstrating the tremendous social resonance of female performers and the growing power of the mass circulation press, new conceptions of the public sphere, and the social influence of emotions. This talk will explore ways in which people across the Russian Empire transformed the death of Komissarzhevskaia into an occasion for large-scale public grieving, civic activism, and religious controversy.

Matthew Klopfenstein is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Illinois.

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