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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include
- Brief application letter substantiating interest in the school
- request for work-shopping current research project, research project abstract (300 words), and writing sample.
- self-evaluation of English language proficiency
Organizers will provide for accommodation and meals.
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