"African-Soviet Encounters: New Histories of Russian Racism & Anti-Racism" Symposium

Questions of race have complicated histories in Russia and the Soviet Union, where anti-racist and internationalist ideology often disguised racialization and racial conflict. Strong negative reactions to Black Lives Matter in Russia in 2020 have given these questions new attention and urgency. This symposium will bring together new perspectives on the history of race by focusing on Soviet interactions with African governments and peoples.


  • "Black Ghanians' Experiences in the Streets of the Soviet Union & Russia, 1960s & 2010s"
    Nana Osei-Opare, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Fordham University
  • "Dupes and Defectors: African Students as Cold War Propagandists"
    Thom Loyd, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Georgetown University
  • "In the Ruins of Soviet Internationalism: Africa in the Russian Imaginary, 1988-1998"
    Hilary Lynd, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley


  • Chelsi West-Ohueri
    Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of African and African Diaspora Studies; and Department of Population Health
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Morgan Henson
    M.A., Global Policy Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and
    Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin's Department of History, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, and John L Warfield Center for African & African American Studies.

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Wednesday, February 3 at 12:00pm

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Academics, Arts & Humanities, Business & Economy, Policy & Law, World & Culture, Diversity, Social Justice

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Students, Faculty, General Public




Free and Open to the Public.

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