Guest Lecture 20th November 2006

Alain Blum, Director of the Centre d'Études des Mondes Russe,
Caucasien et Centre-européen, Paris, gives a guest lecture

"The Bureaucratic Anarchy - Networks of Friends and Colleagues, and the Stalinist Policy: The Case of the Soviet Statistical Administration in the 1920s and 1930s"

on Monday 20th of November at 14.15-16.00
at Aleksanteri Institute, Töölönkatu 3 A ,5th floor


RSVP to Essi Lindroos: essi.lindroos[at] or 09-191 28660 by 16 November 2006

An Informal Meeting with Alain Blum will be organized in the
Department of Sociology (Unioninkatu 35, 3rd floor) Tuesday, 21
November, from 14.15pm to 16.00pm. All those working on Russia and
interested to discuss with Alain are welcome.

Alain Blum is also Professor (directeur d'études) in the Ecole des
Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and directeur de recherches in the
Institut National d'Études Démographiques in Paris. The themes of his
ongoing work include links between developments in research,
political repression and administrative practices in the 1920s and
1930s in Ukraina and the Soviet Union, the dynamics of administration
in Russia and the Soviet Union in a biography-based perspective, and
activities aimed at reducing poverty in three regions of the Russian
Federation, including the Republic of Komi.

Alain Blum's books include Naître, vivre et mourir en URSS [Birth,
Life and Death in the Soviet Union] (Paris: Payot, 1994) and (with
Martine Mespoulet), L'Anarchie bureaucratique. Statistique et pouvoir
sous Staline (Paris: La Découverte, 2004)