Monday, November 4, 2013

Tales of Two Empires:
Ottoman and Russian Imperial Studies, Compared

Amherst College,
November 1-2, 2013

Organized by Sergey Glebov (Amherst, Smith),
Monica Ringer (Amherst),
and the journal Ab Imperio

with support from Amherst, Smith, and Mount Holyoke Colleges, the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College, The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, and Five Colleges, Inc.



Friday, November 1st (Octagon Building, Babbott Room)

2:30 pm Sergey Glebov, Opening Remarks

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Session 1. Chair: Monica Ringer

Alexander Semyonov (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia), Empire as a Context-Setting Category

Dina Khoury (George Washington University), Citizenship and Difference in the Ottoman Empire: Possible Agendas
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Coffee break

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Session 2. Chair: Nadya Sbaity

Omnia El Shakry (University of California-Davis), Colonial Modernity and the Human Sciences in Egypt: Some Methodological Considerations

Marina Mogilner (University of Illinois-Chicago), Mapping Empire Through Race: Human Sciences and Political Modernity in Imperial Russia

Saturday, November 2nd (Octagon Building, Babbott Room)

9:00 am – 11:00 am Session 3. Chair: Alexander Semyonov

Thomas Kuhn (Simon Fraser University), The Meaning of Difference. Looking for the Imperial in Late Ottoman Governance, 1839-1918

Sergey Glebov (Smith/Amherst Colleges), Between the Imperial and the National: Regionalism and Ethnography in Imperial Russia

Robert Geraci (University of Virginia), Economics and Empire: Trade, Industry, and Ethnic Diversity in Tsarist Russia

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session 4. Chair: Adi Gordon

Ilya Gerasimov (Executive Editor, Ab Imperio), The Persistence of the “Union and Progress” Slogan in Transatlantic Progressivism

Janet Klein (Akron University), Unintended Consequences: Ottoman Empire and the Kurdish “Tribes”

Willard Sunderland (University of Cincinnati) The Imperial Emancipations: Abolition and Empire in Tsarist Russia

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Final discussion

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