Where Russia Was 'Ahead' of Europe: Russia's Colonial Experiences in Comparative Perspective

Monday, March 24, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB), 420 West 118th Street

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Michael Khodarkovsky, Loyola University Chicago.

Michael Khodarkovsky is a Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago.  He grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and received his B.A. from the Kalmyk State University in Elista, Russia. He emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1979 and received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1987. The focus of his research has been Russia's imperial periphery.  His approach examines the juncture where Russia's ideologies of conquest and vocabularies of rule encounter the indigenous communication networks of the non-Russian societies.  He is interested in exploring the nature of the Russian empire and liberating the histories of the indigenous peoples from the Russian narrative.  He is author of three books, most recently of Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus (Cornell UP, 2012), which is a history of the North Caucasus as seen from both sides of the conflict.

This event is part of the 2013-2014 Harriman Institute Core Project, "Empire and Information,"which is being  directed by Professor Austin Long and two postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Olga Bertelsen of  Nottingham University and Dr. Ksenia Tatarchenko of Princeton University.  The project  will bring together an interdisciplinary set of scholars to discuss the processes,  institutions, and mechanisms through which empires collect information and develop  understanding of their subject territories and populations.  The major emphasis will be on the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation, as compared to other empires, such as the British and the French, there is relatively little work (particularly in English) on this issue.  However, it will also draw on comparative perspectives from other empires including the Ottoman, British, French, and American experiences.