Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2017 annual program

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2017 annual theme:

The Global Condition: Local Names for Universalism

1/2017 When Local Becomes Global: Agencies and Subjectivities in Imperial Context 

Motivations and forces of integration ● Agents and beneficiaries of globalization ● Free ports in the history of the Russian Empire ● The stakes of industry and commerce in the expansion of the Russian Empire in Central Asia ● Breaking the cycle of mutual mirroring projections: is there a place for globalization beyond empire, and for an empire that does not foster globalization? ● Pax imperia: the promise and the reality ● Local mental maps of the world ● The concept of “world government” in popular myths and political projects ● Globalizing strategies of the Soviet “Second world” ● Empire’s own “Wilsonian moment”: the development of post-imperial imageries in the Russian, Habsburg, German, and Ottoman empires before and after 1917 ● Anti-imperial struggle: a global phenomenon with local roots ● The USSR, the Comintern, and the League of Nations ● Cultivating a “citizen of the world” and a “global trotter”: a Bildungsroman ● Being a people of the world: as an occupation, status, religion, and ethnicity ● The USSR and the Non-Aligned Movement ● Cultural diplomacy during the Cold War ● Imperialists vs. nationalists: antagonists or doppelgangers? ● How to recover agency in imperial and global history: the limitations of structuralism in macrohistories.

2/2017 Dynamics of Self-Organization and Revolution: Order out of Chaos and the Collapse of the Old Order

Petrograd in 1917: The Cradle of Russian Revolution or a Mecca for Imperial Revolutionaries? ● Revisiting the phenomenon of imperial revolution: separating the imperial collapse from the political revolution and social upheaval ● New histories of revolution ● What makes social change possible and how is self-organization organized? ● The spatial perception of change: “imported revolution” vs. “local traditions” ● Comparative history of reforms and reformers ● Crises reaching rock bottom in historical perspective ● The history of disintegrating social fabrics? ● Scenarios of overcoming chaos: deconstructing myths of “the new order” ● Dialectics of the archaic and the new in social reality and discourses ● From freethinking to dictatorship, and back: life trajectories of revolutionaries and apparatchiks ● Anticolonial revolutions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries ● Revolutions before revolutions: the emergence of hybridities and imperial transformations.

3/2017 Making Sense of Imperial and Post-Imperial Conditions in a Global Context

Contemplating universalism and diversity: the cosmopolitan republic of letters vs. the empire of knowledge ● The politics of lingua franca ● The hegemony of postcolonial critique and its discontent ● Fantasies of empire and the rise of modern fantasy novels and films ● New forms of collective belonging: beyond imperial nostalgia and the Eros of nationalism ● “National in form, socialist in content”: what was the Soviet episteme in practical terms? ● Studies of diversity as a mechanism for conceptualizing the social norm ● Global frames for legitimizing local knowledge ● Studies of the local in a global world (anthropology, cultural studies, political sciences, etc.) ● Comparative analysis of post-imperial federalisms ● Making sense of individual experiences in a globalized world ● Soviet participation in the formation of the United Nations Organization ● The concept of “minority” in Soviet policy and rhetoric ● Problems of diversity and nation-building in Soviet and post-Soviet constitutions.

4/2017 When Global Becomes Local: Modern Mobilities and the Reinvention of Locality

Not only language: pidgin forms of global culture and institutions ● Compradors in historical perspective ● Thinking globally while acting locally, and the other way around ● Elusive persistence: migrations and migrants in different epochs and societies ● The subversive potential of globalization in modern discourses of parochialism and isolationism ● Diasporas: the ever-changing meaning of an old notion ● The refugee problem: global and local perspectives ● Evolution of the concept of “refugees” since antiquity ● World government and the problem of enforcement of its decisions ● The future of multiculturalism ● Making sense of the many meanings of “exile,” then and now ● Locality as a benefit and a liability.

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