Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Ab Imperio Annual Seminar

Ab Imperio Annual Seminar
Making  Sense of Exceptionalism and Diversity
in Composite Polities and Societies:
Past and Present
Kazan, May 17–22, 2012
Supported by a charitable contribution from the OSI

Working language: English
Venue: “Purple Room / Пурпурный зал,”
Hotel Hayall, ground floor

May 19, Saturday
10:00 –12:00, PANEL 1. Studies of Exceptionalism in a Global Perspective 
Live video broadcast starts in:
Alexander Semyonov (associate professor, Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg; Ab Imperio)

Exceptionalism as Normative Concept (brief introductory remarks)

Stephen Howe (Professor in the History and Cultures of Colonialism in the Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol, UK)

Exceptional States and States of Exception

Vera Tolz (Professor of Russian Studies, University of Manchester, UK)

14:00 – 16:00, PANEL 2. Opening Up and Its Discontent
Live video broadcast starts in:
Alexandr Osipian (Associate Professor of History and Cultural Anthropology in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Kramatorsk Institute of Economics and Humanities, Ukraine)
Tarik  Amar (Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York)    

16:30 –18:30, PANEL 3. The [Sur]realism  of Groups and Collective Traumas
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Ilya Kukulin (Associate Professor, National Research University – Higher School of Economics; Associate Professor, Moscow Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute, Moscow, Russia)
Alaina Lemon (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, USA)

May 20, Sunday
9:30–12:00, PANEL 4. Narratives and Practices of Exceptionalism at  the Imperial Borderlands
Live video broadcast starts in:
Dina Khoury  (Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University, USA)
Andrei Cusco (Lecturer in the Department of World History of the Ion Creanga State Pedagogical University in Chisinau; Director of the Center for Empire Studies in the Department of History and Philosophy of Moldova State University, Moldova)
12:15–14:15, PANEL 5. Post-Imperial Narratives and Practices of Exceptionalism
Live video broadcast starts in:
Victor Shnirelman (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russia)
Aigul Zabirova (Head of the Sociology Department, Professor, Faculty of Social sciences, Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan)
May 21, Monday
9:30–11:30, PANEL 6. The Origins of the Narratives of Exceptionalism Revisited
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Anna Afanasyeva (Associate Professor, Department of World History, Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, Russia)
Alessandro Stanziani (Professor, EHESS, Paris, France)
Final Discussion
Besides presenters, two groups will actively participate in the workshop: members of the Ab Imperio team (as chairs of panels, moderators, discussants) and two discussants: Serguei Oushakine (Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, USA), and Mark Lipovetsky (Professor of Russian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA).


15:30–18:00, Open Seminar. Hotel Hayall, Big Conference Hall
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(in Russian, with simultaneous translation into English),
together with the KFU Institute for Comparative Studies of Modernity
Presenter Mark Lipovetsky
(Professor of Russian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA)
The Culture of the Technical Intelligentsia, In the 1960s and Today:
Toward a Discussion of Soviet and Post-Soviet Discourses (the poetics of discourse)
Культура ИТР в 1960-е и сегодня: к разговору о советском и постсоветском дискурсе модернизации (поэтика дискурса)
This event not only will be open to the general public but also will be broadcast live, with questions and comments taken via the Internet, in real time, at

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