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Ab Imperio annual theme 2013: 'Freedom and Empire: Dialectics of Diversity and Homogeneity in Complex Societies'

Ab Imperio annual theme 2013: 'Freedom and Empire: Dialectics of Diversity and Homogeneity in Complex Societies'

Ab Imperio
Russian Federation
From - Until
01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013
Alexander Kaplunovski

Ab Imperio annual theme 2013

"Freedom and Empire: Dialectics of Diversity and Homogeneity in Complex Societies"

Call for Papers 2013

Please send your contributions for consideration to the editors.

No 1/2013 How Do We Understand Freedom Today? Free Interpretations and Predetermined Models
Freedom and liberty

- dialectics of freedom and sovereignty
- “natural rights” and the problem of their defense and maintenance
- “anarchy is the mother of order”
- does the class-based approach have a future?
- are human rights contrary to freedom?
- “hierarchy of freedoms”: paradoxes of emancipation movements and decolonization
- whose freedom?
- “progressors”: can freedom be imposed?
- imperial liberties and modern conceptions of freedom
- body as the space of freedom and object of freedom and bondage
- phenomenon and concept of legal pluralism
- imperial law and imperial rights
- common law and modernization of legal discourses
- “for our freedom and yours!”: national and imperial emancipation movements
- concepts of autonomy and federalism in colonial and continental empires
- concept of historical justice and its connection to the right for autonomy and for a sovereign state
- Siberian oblastnichestvo yesterday and today
- Cossack concepts of self-government and invention of the Cossack tradition in the early twentieth century
- modern citizenship and imperial subjecthood
- historical precedents of multiculturalism
- twentieth-century humanitarian interventions and new post–Cold War world order.

No 2/2013 Freedom and Order: Interpreters and Intermediaries – Entrepreneurs of Groupness
Subjects of freedom

- concepts of freedom and privileges in empire and nation
- freedom as the new order: democracy or nationalism?
- unrecognized freedom and invented traditions of liberty: regional and corporate regimes of self-government and democracy from the moment of incorporation into empire to the invention of traditions in the era of mass national movement and politics
- imperial “peoples–intermediaries”
- authoritarian tendencies of emancipator messianism from Slavophilism to communism
- comparative history of political representation and constitutionalism in land-based empires: Russian parliament of the early twentieth century, Ottoman parliament of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
- Russian revolutionaries and projects of revolutionary nation
- Mensheviks are for spontaneity, Bolsheviks are for discipline? – rethinking the old model
- pogrom and Aktion: the other side of emancipation?
- is there diversity under socialism? gradient of freedom: thawing out of the Soviet regime
- freedom to be a nation under socialism
- Soviet dissidents
- politics of childhood: pedagogy as a guardian of group identity.

No 3/2013 Freedom as an Object of Intellectual Import and Export: Lost in Translation, Found in Translation

- Translatability and untranslatability of languages of self-description: how to recognize freedom?
- translatio imperii and hegemony as a problem of translation
- interpreters in the system of administration and foreign policy of Muscovy and the Russian Empire
- a breath of freedom: the school of Soviet literary translation
- emancipation and kulturtraegershaft: projects of translation into and from languages of the peoples of the USSR
- misusing the right to groupness: ethnic conflict as a Soviet invention
- translation of historical knowledge into politics and administration
- post-imperial reinventions of groupness and collective identities
- languages of codification as politics of translation of legal traditions
- translating and mediating urban spaces
- education: disciplinary practices of shaping freedom of thought
- transfer of educational models into Russia
- subtexts of emancipation and discrimination: politics of gender in education
- alternative forms of socialization and politics of (self)education
- private schools and universities in late imperial Russia
- Soviet education: site of modernization, indoctrination, or social engineering?
- did Russia have colonial institutes?
- imperial subalterns as products of educational systems: unification of subjugation and protest
- exile as a laboratory of imperial knowledge
- postcolonial and post-imperial knowledge: emancipation, freedom of manipulations, violence.

No 4/2013 Emancipation of Researchers Through the Decentralization of Normative Models: Reciprocal Comparisons

- Academic freedom today: institutional mechanisms and cultural norms of stimulating and limiting scholarly research
- innovation or trickstering? recognizing innovation in the humanities
- freedom from stereotypes: the principle of historicism and method of estrangement from historical experience
- comparative history of key social and political conceptions
- modernity beyond Eurocentrism
- hierarchies in the production of knowledge
- reciprocal comparison: circulation of knowledge and interwoven institutions and practices in historical dynamics
- instrumentality of translation for comparative history
- historians after postmodernity
- deterritorialization of analytical models
- decentralization of narrative without “toxic relativism”
- new horizons, conceptual traps and dead ends of normalizing the exceptionalism of historical experience.

Permanent Sections:
- Theory and Methodology
- History
- Archive
- Sociology, Anthropology & Political Science
- ABC: Empire & Nationalism Studies
- Newest Mythologies
- Historiography and Book Reviews.

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