Symbolist-Soviet Occult mini-conference

Event Location: 
245 East Pyne
Event Audience: 
open to the public
Event Detail: 

The Slavic and Music departments invite you to a mini-conference on the Symbolist-Soviet occult, April 8-9, 2013, East Pyne 245 and Woolworth 102, featuring Valery Bryusov’s novel The Fiery Angel (1908) and Sergey Prokofiev’s opera built off it (1927).   Speakers will address Russian spiritualism in the early 20th century, its role in literary and operatic Symbolism, and the larger fate of artistic Decadence in the Bolshevik 1920s.   Events free and open to the public.

Valery Bryusov and Sergey Prokofiev:
A Mini-Conference on the Symbolist-Soviet Occult

April 8-9, 2013, Princeton University

 Monday, April 8

4:30 pm: Keynote Address, 245 East Pyne

Nikolai Bogomolov (Moscow State University):

“Огненный Ангел и Последний спутник”


6:00 pm: Dinner, 2nd floor bridge


7:00 pm, Woolworth 102:

Simon Morrison (Princeton University) and Ondrej Gima

(Goldsmiths College, University of London): “Prokofiev and his Fiery Angel,” followed by a play through of Act I of Prokofiev's first version of the opera (Pianist: Betsy Di Felice)


Tuesday, April 9

12:00 pm:  Lunch, 2nd floor bridge

Bryusov: Symbolist-Occultist  1:30 pm: Paper I, 245 East Pyne

Ilya Vinitsky (U Penn), “In Touch: Valery Bryusov and

Modern Spiritualism”

Commentator: Olga Peters Hasty (Princeton U)

Chair: Emily Wang (Princeton U)


3:00 pm: Paper II, 245 East Pyne

Jon Stone (Franklin & Marshall College)

"Floupette, Fuks, and the Fight for Demonstrable Decadence"

Commentator: Lindsay Ceballos (Princeton U)

Chair: Geoff Cebula (Princeton U)


6:00 pm, 245 East Pyne

Anthony Phillips: "Prokofiev and his Devils

(A Reading from the Diaries)”


Sponsored by:

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

The Department of Music

The Center for Human Values

The Program for Russian and Eurasian Studies


Event Type: 
Standard Event
Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 12:00pm