Sincerity after Communism

Date: 12/12/2017

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Sincerity after Communism

December 12, 2017, 19 – 21

RSVP with Barbara Roggeveen, email:


Eva Cukier (NRC Handelsblad), Geert Lovink (Institute for Networked Cultures), Fabienne Rachmadiev (UvA / De Gids), Ellen Rutten (UvA), Sjeng Scheijen (Leiden University), Nadia de Vries (UvA)


What does sincerity mean in a world with a trauma- and hypocrisy-laden past? How to stay true to yourself in a hardcore capitalist reality? How to be sincere in a hypermediatized world? These questions occupy writers, bloggers, artists, philosophers, and politicians in multiple world localities today. They resonate with force in Russia, where talk about sincere behaviour blends in with transnational thinking and feeds upon the Soviet past.

‘Sincerity after Communism’ is an evening marking the publication of the book with the same name by Ellen Rutten, professor of Russian & Slavic studies at Amsterdam University. The speakers jointly ponder Russian and transnational pleas to revive sincerity in literature, media, art, film, and architecture.

Program: Talks with the author & short performances, followed by drinks.

Contributors: writer/curator Sjeng Scheijen, media critic Geert Lovink, NRC Eastern-Europe editor Eva Cukier, PhD students/poets Nadia de Vries & Fabienne Rachmadiev.

Location/time: Castrum Peregrini  Herengracht 401, entrance Beulingstraat doors open 19 hrs

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The organizers thank the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture; the Department of Russia and Slavic Studies at the University of Amsterdam; and book store/publisher Pegasus ​for supporting the event.