I hope to organize a panel on foreign communists living in the USSR at ASEEES 2020. If participating in such a panel interests you, please comtact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communist Internationals: the Lives and Networks of Foreign Communists in the USSR
Traditionally, communist internationalism in the Soviet context has been understood mainly in terms of institutions. The Comintern and foreign communist parties were more frequently the subject of research than were the lives and networks of individual party members. In more recent years, however, scholars like Brigitte Studer have looked more closely at these issues. Scholars interested in further exploring this approach to communist internationalism, as well as those writing on topics related to cross-border mobility and international border-crossers, might find this panel worth joining. Keeping in mind the 2020 convention theme of “anxiety and rebellion,” we will be looking at a variety of issues related to crossing borders and living as a foreigner in the USSR from the earliest days after the revolutions through to the Soviet Union’s collapse.