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Summer School “Russian Empire/Soviet Union through the Lens of Global and New Imperial Histories”

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Graduate Summer School “ Russian Empire/Soviet Union through the Lens of Global and New Imperial Histories” at Tyumen State University, Russia, June 30 – July 5, 2019. Co-organized with the Center for Historical Research, Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg, and hosted by the International Laboratory “Russian History in Global Contexts: Empires, Nations, Regions” at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tyumen State University. Applications should be submitted by April 1.

The graduate summer school will explore the past of the Russian Empire and the USSR through approaches generated by global history and new imperial histories. Contemporary historical scholarship is an on-going international conversation focusing on a number of key themes and attendant approaches, such as human diversity, the emergence of modern state and mass societies, global political order and universalist political visions, interactions between humans and the environment, movements of people, goods, and ideas, imperial and national political formations; colonialism and forms of indirect rule and domination. Global and imperial histories intersect as many polities were and are described as empires. Historically, empires were a dominant form of political organization, and even following de-colonization and the rise of the nation-state, the imperial logic of political imagination and organization of political space did not disappear. The school will thus explore how we can approach Russian and Soviet history by engaging key approaches in new imperial and global histories and what perspectives Russian and Soviet history can offer for the international dialogue in the fields of imperial and global history.

Participating faculty:

  • Sebastian Conrad, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Sergey Glebov, Smith and Amherst Colleges
  • Ilya Gerasimov, executive editor of Ab Imperio: Studies in New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Marina Mogilner, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Alexander Semyonov, Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg


Among the topics for the seminar-style sessions are:

  • Global and Imperial History: Methodological Entanglements
  • Russian / Soviet History and Post-Colonial Theory
  • Empire and Human Sciences
  • Migrations and Mobilities
  • Subjecthood and Citizenship
  • Social History of Empire
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Liberalism, Modernity, Empire
  • Critiques of the West in Imperial Settings
  • Trade and Difference

The summer school format will be seminar-style discussion of readings guided by participating faculty, who will also give thematic lectures. The school will also offer graduate students and researchers at the early stages of their career to workshop their current research projects with the help of the participating faculty. The school program will also include a publications strategy and design workshop.

Eligibility: graduate students and researchers at the early stages of their careers.

Working language: English

Applications should be submitted in electronic form, in one file, to imperialhistories2019@gmail.com and include

  1. Brief application letter substantiating interest in the school
  2. CV
  3. request for work-shopping current research project, research project abstract (300 words), and writing sample.
  4. self-evaluation of English language proficiency

Organizers will provide for accommodation and meals.

Applications should be submitted by May 24.

Info: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/obyavleniya/696339/ & imperialhistories2019@gmail.com

Teaching Faculty

Sebastian Conrad

Professor, Freie Universität Berlin

Sergey Glebov

Associate Professor, Smith College / Amherst College

Marina Mogilner

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ilya Gerasimov

Executive Editor, Ab Imperio Quarterly