Staging and Upstaging Monarchy at St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace A lecture by Professor Susan McCaffray

The CU Boulder Department of History co-sponsors and welcomes Professor Susan McCaffray. Her lecture titled, 'Staging and Upstaging Monarchy at St. Petersburg's Winter Palace' is free and open to the public on Monday April 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM in Humanities 1B90.

Dr. Susan McCaffray, Professor of Russian History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will give a talk based on her recently published monograph, The Winter Palace and the People: Staging and Consuming Russia’s Monarchy, 1754–

1917  (Northern  Illinois University Press,  2018). The Winter Palace—originally built to  be  a magnificent stage for Russian monarchy—gradually became the architectural symbol of St. Petersburg itself. Professor McCaffray’s research tracks the process at the end of the nineteenth century by which the Winter Palace became more oriented toward St.

Petersburg’s public than toward the monarchs. The subtle usurpation of this space by the public is one of the many threads by which the fabric of monarchy began to fray. The Revolution of 1917 brought together soldiers, revolutionaries, palace servants, arts experts, and urban crowds as the monarchs’ audience quite literally took the stage.

Sponsored by The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures * The History Department * The Arts & Sciences Fund for Excellence * The Humanities Program * The International Affairs  Program.

For more information contact Meghan Vicks at

Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm

Eaton Humanities, 1B90
1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309

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