Poputchiki: Fellow-Travellers and ’Useful Idiots’ from Lenin to Putin

All sessions take place in the Common Room on the 3rd floor of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24.

Thursday 13 June

4.00pm Professor Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University) The God that (Supposedly) Failed: Fellow-Travelers Between Self-Presentation and Moscow’s Grand Strategy

Respondent: Dr Ville Laamanen (Turku University)

RECEPTION for all participants

Friday 14 June

09.00-09.30:  Refreshments

09.30-10-30: Professor Kevin Morgan (Manchester University) The Webbs and their fellow travellers: biographical approaches to the “useful idiots” of the 1930s

10.30-11.30: Dr. Anne Hartmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Between Vision and Supervision: Lion Feuchtwanger in Moscow 1937

11.30-12-30: Professor Celia Donert (Liverpool University) The Women’s Caravan of Peace: Dora Russell and the Contested Cultural Diplomacy of the Women’s International Democratic Federation in Europe during the 1950s


12.30-1.30: BUFFET LUNCH for all participants


1.30-15.00: Dr Pia Koivunen (Turku University) 1957 Moscow World Youth Festival

Professor Geoffrey Roberts (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies/University College Cork) Authors’ World Peace Appeal

Dr Timo Vilén (Helsinki University) Aaltonen and the Statue of Peace

15.00-16.00: Professor Kaarle Nordenstreng (Tampere University) Steering the International Organization of Journalists through Détente and Cold War

16.00: Professor Stephen Hutchings (Manchester University) Useful Idiots, Fake News and Gullible Audiences: RT’s Agency Problem

Respondent: Professor Caroline Kennedy (Loughborough University)


19.00 DINNER for speakers, chairs and respondents