The International Lab 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' aims to provide a comprehensive look at the social and political development of regions within Russia from the 18th to late 20th century. The research team examines a range of issues, including the existing geographic positioning, the rise and transformation of imperial/Soviet/Post-Soviet historical and geographical entities, cross-border developments and exchanges, land cultivation, social engineering, regional administrative practices and the creation and growth of human capital. Also covered is the rise of regional identities, mental maps, local presentation models and the fashioning of polycentrism. An important objective is found in the development of an analytical language to describe the regional situation in Russia from 18th to late 20th century – a language which can help solve crucial methodological issues in the discipline of historical regional studies in Russia.
The project is supported by The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.
On March 28-31, 2021, the HSE International Laboratory ‘Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective’ held an international conference ‘The Russian Far East: Regional and Transnational Perspectives (19th -21st cent.)’. The event was jointly organized by the Laboratory with the German Historical Institute Moscow, Indiana University Bloomington (USA), and the Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East FEB RAS (Vladivostok).
International Laboratory “Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective” proposes to apply for the Interdisciplinary Summer School "Russia's Northwest: Local and Regional Aspects in the Cultural Memory of a Border Region" which will take place in summer 2021 in Potsdam and Pskov.
On February 9, the HSE International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' hosted Janet Hartley (London School of Economics), who presented her recent monograph The Volga: A History of Russia’s Greatest River. The presentation was part of a joint lecture series between the Laboratory and The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. HSE news service spoke with Janet Hartley about her interest in Russia, her experience travelling and doing research in Russia, and the books she has written on Russia.
Mapping Empire and Environment in Siberia: International Laboratory ‘Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective’ Hosts Erika Monahan
How does an American researcher become interested in the history of enterprise in Siberia? Does knowing Alaska give one a good understanding of the Siberian temperament? If there is one book that provides a good history of Russia, what is it? HSE News Service asked these and other questions to Erika Monahan, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, who recently gave a talk at the seminar of the HSE International Laboratory ‘Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective’
International Conference "The Russian Shore: Sea Coasts and River Regions in Russian History, 1700-1991"
Information letter about the International Conference "The Russian Shore: Sea Coasts and River Regions in Russian History, 1700-1991", which is scheduled for October 19-20 (2020). Organizer: HSE, International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective'.
A new review of Mara Kozelsky's "Crimea in War and Transformation" by the academic supervisor of the laboratory Willard Sunderland was published in the journal "Slavic Review".
A new article "Tatars and Imperialist Wars: From the Tsar's Servitors to the Red Warriors" by the associate researcher of the laboratory Norihiro Naganawa was published in the first issue of the journal "Ab Imperio" for 2020.
A new article by the research fellow of the Laboratory Fedor Melentev, "Политическое воспитание Александра III", was published in the second issue of the journal "Rossiiskaya Istoriya" for 2020.
On February 26, within the lecture program of the International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, Soeren Urbansky presented his book “Beyond the step Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border”. The video of the presentation is available now on the YouTube channel of the Laboratory.