Leo Reynolds


The Graduate History Society of the Department of History at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Graduate History Symposium (AGHS), to be held February 4-5, 2011. This year's theme is "Experimenting With/In Text." We invite papers dealing with the reading and interpretation of unusual primary sources, the hearing of unexpected historical voices, and the re-appropriation of these voices within our own work.

The 2011 AGHS Organizing Committee would like to encourage submissions of conference proposals on this exciting theme. For more information and a list of suggested topics please see the Call for Papers.


Keynote Speaker: We are very pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Dan Healey, of the University of Swansea in Wales. He will be presenting on the following topic:


Vadim Aleskeevich Kozin (1905-1994) shot to Soviet superstardom as a singer of apolitical "gypsy romances" during the height of Stalin's Terror and then the Great Patriotic War. He entertained the Allies at the Teheran Conference in 1943. Yet within a year he was imprisoned in the Gulag forced labour camps of Magadan in the Far East for his homosexuality and supposed anti-Soviet sentiments. Released in 1950, he struggled to rebuild his career, topping the bill on tours of Siberia with the Magadan Musical Theatre in 1955-1956. His diary of these years "on tour" offers a tantalizing glimpse of the everyday life of a Siberian superstar with a queer eye for the Soviet guy. At the same time, the diary raises troubling questions for the historian of the Gulag queer, for its provenance is problematic and the conventional commemoration of Kozin erases all memory of his homosexual appetites. This talk interprets Kozin's songbook, reflects on how to read his diary, and comments on the varied ways Kozin is remembered by straight and gay fans in contemporary Russia.


Dr. Healey received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998 and specializes in gender and sexuality and law & medicine in nineteenth and twentieth-century Russia. Dr. Healey recently completed a study of sexual crime and forensic medicine in 1920s Petrograd and Sverdlovsk and he is now working on a study of medicine in the Gulag forced-labour camp system. His recent works include Bolshevik Sexual Forensics: Diagnosing Disorder in Clinic and Courtroom, 1917-1939, and Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent.

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