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Empire and Nationalism in World War I

International Сonference "Empire and Nationalism in World War I" (58-60 Galernaya Street).

Organized by the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University  with participation of the Center for the Study of the Legacy of Empires and "Russia’s Great War and Revolution" International project.

Organizing Committee

  • Alexander Semyonov (SPbSU, Russia)
  • Eric Lohr (director of Initiative for Russian Culture, American University, Washington DC, USA)
  • Vera Tolz, (sir William Mather Professor of Russian Studies, University of Manchester, UK)
  • Mark von Hagen ( Arizona State University, USA)

Conference program

June 8

10:00-10:30am Opening of the conference

  • Valery Monakhov (SPbSU)
  • Marianna Shakhnovich (SPbSU)
  • Alexander Semyonov (SPbSU)

10:30-11:00am Introductory remarks by editors of the volume "Empire and Nationalism at War"

11:00-1:00pm Session 1. "The Great War: the Transformation of State Policies and Nationalism"

  • Alexei Miller (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Institute for Scientific Information in Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) "The Impact of WWI on the Mobilization of Nationalism in the Western Borderlands"
  • Eric Lohr (American University, Washington DC, USA) "'War Nationalism and 'War Nationality'"

1:00-2:00pm Lunch

2:00-4:00pm Session 2. "Imperial or Colonial? Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Historical Dynamics of War and Revolution"

  • Marina Mogilner (Ab Imperio Journal, Kazan, Russia) "Russian Military Anthropology in the Early XXth century: From Army-as-an-empire to Army-as-a-nation"
  • Joshua Sanborn (Lafayette College, Easton, USA) "War of Decolonization? Russian Empire and its Aftermath in Comparative Context"

4:00-4:30pm Coffee Break

4:30-6:30pm Session 3. "Approaches to Managing Imperial Diversity"

  • Alexander Semyonov (Center for the Study of the Legacy of Empires, Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, "Ab Imperio" Journal, Kazan, Russia) "Imperial Revolutions of the Early Twentieth Century"
  • Liudmila Novikova (Moscow State University, Russia) "War and Revolution from a Regional Perspective"

June 9

9:30-11:30am Session 4. "Approaches to Managing Imperial Diversity"

  • Ilia Gerasimov (Ab Imperio Journal, Kazan, Russia) "Russian Progressivism goes to War: Self-Mobilization of Imperial Educated Society and Pre-Configuration of Political Change"
  • Sergei Glebov (Smith College, Northampton, USA; "Ab Imperio" Journal, Kazan, Russia) "Russian Intellectuals Go Post-Colonial: Critique of Eurocentrism in Post-World War I Eurasianism"

11:30-12:00pm Coffee Break

12:00-2:00pm Session 5. "The Great War and the Imperial Borderlands"

  • Marco Buttino (University of Turin, Italy) "Central Asia, 1916-1924: A Variety of local Revolutions and the Building of the Bolshevik Order"
  • Vladimir Bobrovnikov (Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) "Freedom and Shariat in Russia’s North Caucasus, 1914-1921"

2:00-3:00pm Lunch 

3:00-5:00pm Session 6. "Legacy and memory of the Great War"

  • Jeremy Smith (Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Finland) "The National Question and the Civil War in the Borderlands"
  • Vera Tolz, Ewa Ochman, and Thomas Balkelis (University of Manchester, UK) "Memory of WWI and of the Post-Imperial Order in the Baltic States, Poland and Russia"

5:00-5:30pm Coffee break

5:30-6:30pm Commentary

  • David McDonald (University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA)
  • Mark von Hagen (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Boris Kolonitsky (European University at St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

6:30-7:30pm Final discussion

Language - english.