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.
Due to the spread of coronavirus infection, the "Regional Studies Workshop", organized by the International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' in collaboration with the Russian and East European Institute (REEI) at Indiana University in Bloomington, will be postponed to September 2020
On February 26, within the lecture program of 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 event was held in a new for the Laboratory format of a teleconference with the regional partner universities - Pacific State University and Far Eastern Federal University.
On February 18, within the lecture program of International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, Alberto Masoero, professor of the University of Turin, gave a lecture on "Regional Patriotism and Political Culture. General Remarks on Siberian Oblastnichestvo".
International Laboratory “Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective” proposes to participate in the international conference “The Russian Far East: Regional and transnational perspectives (19th-21st cent.)” which will be held on September 28-29.
The program of the conference “Tsars’ Regions between Literary Imaginations and Geopolitics” has been recently published.
The International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' has recently signed an agreement on academic cooperation
The International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' has recently signed an agreement on academic cooperation with National Research Tomsk State University.