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Ivan Sablin

  • Ivan Sablin has been at HSE since 2013.

Education and Degrees

  • 2014

    PhD in Historical Sciences and Archaeology
    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    Thesis Title: Buryat-Mongol, Buddhist, and Socialist: Transcultural Spaces and Boundary Construction in Post-Imperial Asia, 1917–1923

  • 2011

    Master in Global History
    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Department of History

  • 2011

    Master in International Relations
    Saint Petersburg State University, School of International Relations

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2016: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

2016: Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia, Visiting Professor

2014–2015: Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals), Category “New Lecturers”, National Research University Higher School of Economics

2012: Course Introduction to Higher Education Didactics, Graduate Academy, University of Heidelberg, Germany

2011–2012: Course Writing Academic English for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate Academy, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Awards and Accomplishments

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers" (2014-2015)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Courses (2015/2016)

Courses (2014/2015)

Courses (2013/2014)

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Research Projects and Scholarships

Russian Humanities Foundation, Higher School of Economics, Research Project “Russian-Swedish Border in Ingria in the Seventeenth Century: Historical and Geographical Study” (directed by Adrian Selin), digital humanities advisor, 2015–2017

Higher School of Economics, Research Project “The Indigenous Peoples of Siberia between the Second and the Fourth World,” principal investigator, 2016

Higher School of Economics, International Research Project “Comparative Historical Studies of Empire and Nationalism” (directed by Ronald G. Suny), project team member, 2014–2016

Isaac Newton Trust, University of Cambridge, Research Project “Where Rising Powers Meet: China and Russia at Their North Asian Border” (directed by Caroline Humphrey), project team member, 2015

Higher School of Economics, Research and Study Group “Applied GIS in Humanities,” principal investigator, 2015

Conference Participation, Presentations, and Public Lectures

Towards a Non-Ethnic Soviet Federation: Bolshevik Regionalism in the Russian Far East, 1917–1926, Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies “The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later,” University of Tartu, Estonia, June 4–6, 2017.

Alternative Russia: Socialist Coalitions and Democracy in the Russian Far East, 1920–1922, Beyond 1917: Socialism, Power, and Social Change in Global Perspective, University of Oxford, May 13–14, 2017.

Discussing Democracy: Ideas, Institutions, and Practices in North and East Asia, 1905–1917, Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminar, University of Helsinki, December 8, 2016.

Dismantling Russian Democracy: Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Restoration in the Far East, 1921–1922, The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 48th Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 17–20, 2016.

Buddhist Temples, Museums, and Folklore: Religious Revival and Cultural Production in Siberia (discussant), The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 48th Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 17–20, 2016.

North Asia between the Second and the Fourth World: Indigenous Writers on the Soviet State and North America (with Lilia Boliachevets), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), University of Virginia, November 16, 2016.

Buddhist Internationalism and the Soviets in Post-Colonial Asia, The 17th Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Annual Conference, Princeton University, November 3–6, 2016.

Studying and Practicing Buddhism in the Soviet Union: Lamas, Scholars, and Dissidents, 1920s–1980s, Workshop “Wissensschaffung und Wissenspopularisierung im Russisch-Ostasiatischen Raum,” University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, July 8–9, 2016.

The Third Annual Workshop of the PhD Program Searching for Identity: Global Challenges, Local Traditions “Facing the Challenge of Identification: New Approaches to Buryat Identities and Their Cross-Border Dynamics,” moderator, leader of the Working Group “Religion, Literature and Internet as Forms of Performing and Reinforcing Identity: Post-Socialism and Postcolonialism between the Second and the Fourth World,” University of Warsaw, June 22–24, 2016.

Diversity Management and the Russian Empire: Autonomy and Decentralization in the Global Imperial Crisis, 1905–1924 (with Alexander Semyonov), Conference “Law, Empire, and Global Intellectual History,” University of Heidelberg, June 19–21, 2016.

Soviet and Buddhist: Religious Diplomacy, Dissidence, and the Atheist State, 1945–1991, Bordering Religions in (Post-)Cold War Worlds, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, June 16–18, 2016.

Roundtable “Upravleniye raznoobraziyem v sotsialisticheskikh kontekstakh: istoki, mekhanizmy, posledstviya” [Managing Diversity in Socialist Contexts: Origins, Mechanisms, and Consequences], organizer and moderator (with Felix Levin), National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, June 3, 2016.

Ot Kominterna k Aziatskoy buddyskoy konferentsii za mir: natsionalnost i religiya v sovetskikh transgranichnykh proyektakh [From Comintern to the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace: Nationality and Religion in the Soviet Transboundary Projects], Roundtable “Upravleniye raznoobraziyem v sotsialisticheskikh kontekstakh: istoki, mekhanizmy, posledstviya” [Managing Diversity in Socialist Contexts: Origins, Mechanisms, and Consequences], organizer and moderator (with Felix Levin), National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, June 3, 2016.

The Second or the Fourth World: Critique of Communism and Colonialism in Contemporary North Asian Literatures (with Lilia Boliachevets), Princeton Conjunction Annual Interdisciplinary Conference “Imperial Reverb: Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism,” Princeton University, May 13–15, 2016.

Siberia between the Second and the Fourth Worlds: Post-Colonialism, Post-Socialism, and Indigeneity in Contemporary North Asian Literature (with Lilia Boliachevets), Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts “Postcolonial Knowledges,” University of Bremen, March 15–18, 2016.

Illusive Tolerance: Buddhism in the Late Soviet State, Conference “Human Rights after 1945 in the Socialist and Post-Socialist World,” German Historical Institute, Warsaw, March 3–5, 2016.

The Higher School of Economics Saint Petersburg – University of Oslo Roundtable in Transitional and Interdisciplinary History “Religions, Secularisms, and Memory Landscapes,” Norwegian University Center in Saint Petersburg, February 29, 2016.

Roundtable “Problemy postsovetskogo prostranstva” [Problems of the Post-Soviet Space], International Academic Conference “Etnicheskoye i sotsialnoye: formy vzaimodeystviya i konflikty” [Ethnic and Social: The Forms of Interaction and Conflicts], chair, Saint Petersburg State University, February 24–26.

Roundtable “Sovetskaya natsionalnaya politika” [Soviet Nationality Policy], International Academic Conference “Etnicheskoye i sotsialnoye: formy vzaimodeystviya i konflikty” [Ethnic and Social: The Forms of Interaction and Conflicts], moderator, Saint Petersburg State University, February 24–26.

Konstruirovaniye sotsialnykh granits v Dalnevostochnoy respublike, 1920–1922 [Conflicting Disentanglements in the Far Eastern Republic, 1920–1922], International Academic Conference “Etnicheskoye i sotsialnoye: formy vzaimodeystviya i konflikty” [Ethnic and Social: The Forms of Interaction and Conflicts], Saint Petersburg State University, February 24–26.

Soviet Buddhism and Socialist Decolonization, 14th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe “Transnationalism(s): Contexts, Patterns and Connections in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union,” School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, February 20–21, 2016.

Pacific Russia after Empire: The Far Eastern Republic and Transnational Governance, The 130th American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 710, 2016.

Russian Democracy in the Pacific: The Far Eastern Republic in Post-Imperial Asia, Seminar Russia’s Empires: Thinking about Empire, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, December 19–21, 2015.

Mapping Ambiguity: Interpretation as a Parameter in GIS, Workshop Scientific Computing and Computational Humanities, University of Heidelberg, November 23, 2015.

Buddizm vo vneshney politike SSSR [Buddhism in the Foreign Policy of the USSR], Academic Council of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University, October 23, 2015.

Postimperskoye upravleniye Sibiri i Mongolii, 1911–1924 [Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924] (monograph presentation), keynote lecture, The 8th International Conference Russia – China: History and Culture, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, October 8–11, 2015.

Buddizm v sovetskikh transnatsionalnykh proyektakh, 1920-e – 1980-e gody [Buddhism in Soviet Transnational Projects], Granitsy Istorii Academic Seminar, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, October 8, 2015. 

Framing the Religious Other: Buddhism and Islam in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Photography (with Maria Zimina), Workshop Photographing Asia: Images of Russia’s Orient and the Far East in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, September 16–18, 2015.

Buddhism, Socialism, and Nationalism in Post-Imperial North Asia, 1905–1924, Roundtable Politics in the Composite Space of Empire: Nationality, Locality and Supranational Identities in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union (with Ronald Suny, Jeremy Smith, and Alexander Semyonov), The IX International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, August 3–8, 2015.

Russia’s Central Asia in Photographs (with Maria Zimina), V Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Historia Contemporánea, Autonomous University of Barcelona, July 15–17, 2015.

The Buryat-Mongol Republic in Transcultural Soviet Governance, Conference Ruptures and Continuities in Histories of Empire: Federalism, Regionalism, and Autonomies as Alternative Political Imaginaries of Post-Imperial Political Order, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, June 5–6, 2015.

Geograficheskiye informatsionnye sistemy v gumanitarnykh i sotsialnykh issledovaniyakh [Geographic Information Systems in Social Sciences and Humanities] (with George Moroz), Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Historical Models and Contemporary Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, June 1–2, 2015.

Historical Geographic Information Systems beyond Time and Space, Seminar Historical GIS: The Problem in Time and Space, University of Heidelberg, May 22, 2015. 

Seminar New Studies in East European, Russian and Eurasian History, organizer and chair (with Tanja Penter), University of Heidelberg, May 21, 2015. 

Post-reprezentativnoye modelirovaniye: sotsialnaya i politicheskaya istoriya rossysko-kitayskogo pogranichya v 1911–1924 gg. [Post-representational Modeling: Social and Political History of the Russian-Chinese Borderland in 1911–1924], The 5th International Conference Historical Geography of Russia: Past and Present of Complex Regional Studies, Russian Geographical Society, Saint Petersburg State University, May 18–21, 2015. 

5-D modelirovaniye istoricheskogo opyta: geoinformatika v sotsialnykh i gumantarnykh naukakh [5D-Modeling of Historical Experience: Geographic Information Systems in Social Sciences and Humanities] (with Maria Zimina and Oleg Kudinov), Auditorium of the KL10TCH IT-Club, Saint Petersburg, May 13, 2015.

Printing Modernities: Book Culture in Late Tsarist and Early Soviet Siberia, Second Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies Cultural Hegemonies in Spaces of Diversity, University of Regensburg, May 7–9, 2015. 

Vom Orientalismus zur Transkulturalität: Asien in der klassischen Musik zur Sowjetzeit, Kolloquium Hochkultur in der Sowjetunion und in ihren Nachfolgestaaten im 20. Jahrhundert in kulturgeschichtlicher Perspektive, Historisches Kolleg, Munich, May 7–9, 2015. 

Relational Spaces in Contemporary German Sociology and History, XVI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, April 7–10, 2015.

Post-Imperial Autonomism and Federalism in Siberia and Mongolia, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, March 28–30, 2015.

Multidimensional Borderland: (Post-)Imperial Spaces of the Baikal Region, 1911–1924, International Conference Emergent Trends on the China – Russia Border, University of Cambridge, March 16–17, 2015.

Buryat-Mongol Regions in Soviet Russia and the Far Eastern Republic, 1920–1922, Workshop The Hulunbuir and Transbaikalia Playground: Microphysics of Power on the Sino-Russian Border, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, January 29–30, 2015.

State-Building and Transcultural Governance in North and East Asia, 1920–1923, Seminar Imagining Post-Imperial Order: New Historical Study of the Imperial Crisis, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, December 19–21, 2014.

Transcultural Printing in Imperial and Soviet Siberia, International Workshop The Global History of the Book (1780 to the present), University of Oxford, December 4–5, 2014.

Prikladnaya gumanitarnaya geoinformatika [Applied GIS in Humanities], Geograficheskiye informatsionnye sistemy v gumanitarnykh naukakh Seminar, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, November 10, 2014.

After Empire: National and Transnational Projects in Siberia and Mongolia, EAST Seminar, University of Amsterdam, October 30, 2014.

Post-Imperial Projects in Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924, The 4th German-Russian Week of the Young Researcher “Global History: German-Russian Perspectives on Regional Studies,” Saint Petersburg State University, October 6–10, 2014.

Digital Resources in Historical Research (Workshop), The First History Student Conference of Higher School of Economics “From Huge Comparisons to Thick Descriptions: Historical Research and Interpretation,” National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, October 1–4, 2014.

Publishing Research Results in Peer-Reviewed Journals (Workshop, with Alexander Semyonov and Sergey Glebov), The First History Student Conference of Higher School of Economics “From Huge Comparisons to Thick Descriptions: Historical Research and Interpretation,” National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, October 1–4, 2014.

Siberian Intellectuals and Mongol Nationalism in Post-Imperial Asia, 1911–1924, Fourth European Congress on World and Global History, École normale supérieure, Paris, September 4–7, 2014.

Siberian Indigenous Socialist Revolutionaries and Nationalists in State and Autonomy Building, 1911–1924, International Conference “Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia,” Ulaanbaatar University, August 7–9, 2014.

Siberian and Mongolian Socialists, Buddhists and Nationalists in Post-Imperial Boundary Construction, 1905–1937, The Inaugural Conference for the Imperial and Global History Network “Networks in Imperial and Global History,” University of Exeter, June 19–20, 2014.

The Battleground of Nationalisms: Disentangling Eurasian Empires at the Siberian Front, International Scholarly Conference “Russia in the First World War,” National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, June 3–5, 2014.

Buddhism, Socialism, and Nationalism in State and Autonomy Building in Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924, Graduate Student Conference “Mobilization and Movement in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” Rutgers University, March 28, 2014.

Graphic Representations of Space during the Russo-Japanese Rivalries, 1904–1922, The 4th International Conference “Visualizing Asia in the Modern World,” Yale University, May 10–11, 2013.

Gosudarstvennaya i lokalnaya identifikatsiya korennykh narodov Chukotki v kontekste sovetizatsii, 1919–1945 gg. [National and local identity of Chukotka's indigenous peoples in the context of Sovietization], Konstruiruya «sovetskoye»? Politicheskoye soznaniye, povsednevnye praktiki, novye identichnosti Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conference, European University at Saint Petersburg, April 19–20, 2013.

Geoinformatsionny analiz konstruirovaniya granits v Baykalskom regione, 1917–1923 [GIS Analysis of Boundary Construction in the Baikal Region, 1917–1923], The 20th International Student, Postgraduate and Young Scientist Conference “Lomonosov,” Lomonosov Moscow State University, April 8–12, 2013 (Best Paper in Historical Informatics Award).

Mnogomernye asimmetrii v prostranstvakh Severnoy Azii v XX–XXI vv.: Sibir, Mongoliya, Tibet [Multidimensional Asymmetries in the Spaces of Northern Asia in the 20th–21st century: Siberia, Mongolia, Tibet], Kritika sotsialnykh i gumanitarnykh nauk Seminar, Saint Petersburg State University, April 3, 2013.

Istoricheskaya geoinformatika i eye primeneniye k izucheniyu istorii aziatskoy Rossii [Historical GIS and Its Application to Historical Studies of Asian Russia], Granitsy Istorii Academic Seminar, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, March 21, 2013. 

Liberating Mongolian Steppes: Indigenous Socialist Revolutionaries in East Central Asia, 1910s-1920s, The 2nd International Scholars’ Network History of Societies and Socialisms (HOSAS) Conference “Crisis and mobilization since 1789,” International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 22–24, 2013.

Konstruirovaniye granits v Baykalskom regione: prostranstvenny analiz, 1917–1923 [Construction of Boundaries in the Baikal Region, 1917–1923: Spatial Analysis], Tartaria Magna Public Lecture, Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, February 7, 2013.

Personal and Collective Utopias: Buddhist State Projects in the Violent Context of the Early 20th Century, The 8th Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference “Futures and Illusions: Hope and the Longing for Utopia,” University of Iowa, USA, August 23–26, 2012.

Buryat, Buddhist and Socialist: Conflicting Identities and Disentanglement Projects in the Baikal Region, 1917–1923, International Conference “Identity and the Nation in 20th Century Asia,” Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, July 20–21, 2012.

Re-entangling Social Spaces of the Baikal Region: Multidimensional Identities in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century, Workshop “Space and Social Relations in Historical Perspective,” University of Edinburgh, UK, June 7, 2012.

Other Affiliations

Univeristy of Heidelberg, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Associate Member


Association Membership

  • Since 2016: Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)
  • Since 2016: Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
  • In 2015: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
  • In 2013–2014: European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)

Ivan Sablin and Alexander Kuchinsky on Koreans in the Russian Far East

Ivan Sablin, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Historical Research, and Alexander Kuchinsky, a fourth-year student, published an article on Korean nation building and (possible) autonomy in the Russian Far East in the imperial, revolutionary, and early Soviet periods is out with Nationalities Papers.

The Legacies of 1917

Ivan Sablin, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Historical Research, participated in the conference “Beyond 1917: Socialism, Power, and Social Change in Global Perspective,” which was held on May 13–14, 2017, at the University of Oxford. 

Russian Far East in the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917

The Basic Research Program of the Higher School of Economics published Ivan Sablin’s working paper “Towards the First Far Eastern Republic: Regionalism, Socialism, and Nationalism in Pacific Russia, 1905–1918.” 

Ivan Sablin was awarded Research Scholarship of the German Historical Institute in Moscow

The German Historical Institute in Moscow supported the project “Buddhism in Soviet Transnational Projects, 1917–1991,” which Ivan Sablin, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Historical Research, Higher School of Economics at Saint Petersburg, will carry out based on the materials from Moscow’s archives and libraries in 2017. 

The Article by Associate Professor I.V. Sablin and Student A. Korobeynikov"Buryat-Mongol and Alash autonomous movements before the Soviets, 1905-1917"

On June 15, 2016 an article by Associate Professor I.V. Sablin and third-year student A. Korobeynikov "Buryat-Mongol and Alash autonomous movements before the Soviets, 1905-1917" was published in AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.

Imperial Transformations — Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet History

In December 2015, leading international academic Ronald Suny chaired a seminar at HSE St Petersburg on Imperial Transformations – Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet History, which was part of the international research project Comparative Historical Studies of Empire and Nationalism.

The book by the Associate Professor I.V.Sablin  "Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924: Buddhism, Socialism and Nationalism in State and Autonomy Building"

In 2016 there will be published the book by the Associate Professor I.V.Sablin  "Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924: Buddhism, Socialism and Nationalism in State and Autonomy Building".

World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies

On August 3rd-8th 2015, a working group from the International Research Project ‘Comparative Historical Studies of Empire and Nationalism’ took part in the ICCEES Congress in Japan.

World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies

On August 3rd-8 th  2015, a working group from the International Research Project ‘Comparative Historical Studies of Empire and Nationalism’ took part in the ICCEES Congress in Japan.

A Gathering of Historians

Zelenogorsk hosted an international conference on the history of diverse societies, as well as on the history of nationalism. The conference, which was called ‘Ruptures and Continuities in Histories of Empire: Federalism, Regionalism, and Autonomies as Alternative Political Imaginaries of Post-Imperial Political Order’, was organized by the Department of History at HSE - St. Petersburg and drew leading experts in the field of ‘new imperial history’.

Historical Geography of Russia: Retrospective and Modernity of Complex Regional Research 

On the 19th of May was held the V International Conference “Historical Geography of Russia: Retrospective and Modernity of Complex Regional Research” in section “Regional Historical Geography”.

5D modeling of historical experience: Geoinformatics in social sciences and humanities

On the 13th of May, Maria Zimina Oleg Kudinov and the senior lecturer of the History Department of HSE SPb and the head of the project "Applied GIS in Humanities", Ivan V. Sablin, delivered a public lecture in the lecture hall of IT-club KL10TCH.

Cultural and Political History in Munich and Regensburg

Ivan Sablin, Research Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research (HSE in Saint Petersburg) presented reports dedicated to cultural and political history of North Eurasia in Munich and Regensburg.

Russian Swedish Border in Ingria, 17th century: Historical-Geographical Study

Center for Historical Research started the project "Russian Swedish Border in Ingria, 17th century: Historical-Geographical Study" (Head of the Project - Prof. Adrian Selin, participants: senior research fellow Ivan Sablin, trainee-researcher Kuzma Kukushkin).

Cooperation with Cambridge University

Ivan Sablin, senior lecturer of the Department of History and member of the project, participated in the conference Emergent Trends on the China – Russia Border which was held on March 16–17, 2015, by the international research project Where Rising Powers Meet: China and Russia at Their North Asian Border at Cambridge University.