Empire and Information

Empire and Information Core Project

The 2013-2014 Harriman Institute Core Project, "Empire and Information," 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, with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union. The project seeks to answer three key questions: 

How do empires collect information and develop understanding of their subject territories and empires?  Why do they employ particular processes, institutions, and mechanisms to collect information? Are some processes, institutions, and mechanisms more effective than others?