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Conference. Eurasia Decentered: Internal and External Souths From Muscovy to Present
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Please join the Harriman Institute and Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History for the conference Eurasia Decentered: Internal and External Souths from Muscovy to Present.

Kritika hosts:

  • Jeff Sahadeo (Carleton University), Editor
  • Greg Afinogenov (Georgetown University), Editor
  • Krista Goff (University of Miami), Editor
  • Stephen Bittner (Sonoma State University), Special Topics Editor
  • Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University), Executive and Founding Editor
  • Peter Holquist (University of Pennsylvania), Founding Editor

Conference Program

Day One | Friday, April 19, 2024

12:45-1:00 PM | Opening Remarks

1:00-2:30 PM | Panel: Muscovy, Crimea, Eurasia

  • “Rethinking Crimean Khanate’s Perceptions with Muscovy: Slave Raids and Dependency”
    • Turkana Allahverdiyeva (University of Bonn)
  • “Iqțā’, suyūrghāl, takhan? Decentering Immunity in Late-Medieval Eurasia”
    • Angus Russel (Cambridge)

3:00-4:30 PM | Panel: The Ottoman World

  • “Souvenirs and Spiritual Inheritance: Trans-Imperial Impacts of Russian-Orthodox Christian Pilgrimage to the Ottoman Holy Lands in the Late Imperial Period”
    • Luke Jeske (University of North Carolina)
  • “Ottoman-Ukrainian Relations and Visions of Post(Imperial) Order on the Black Sea, 1914-1922”
    • Azat Bilalutdinov (Columbia University)


Day Two | Saturday, April 20, 2024

8:30-10:00 AM | Panel: Africa

  • “The Scent of Surur: Sensing Russia through Nubia”
    • Eugene Clay (Arizona State University)
  • “Anti-Apartheid and Soviet Nationalities Policy”
    • Hilary Lynd (University of California, Berkeley)

10:30 -12:00 PM | Panel: South Asia

  • “Russian Central Asia, a View from Simla: The Trans-Imperial Exchange of Knowledge and Expertise”
    • Roman Osharov (University of Oxford)
  • “Soviet Science on Indian Soil: Empire and Territoriality in the Indian Ocean World”
    • Asif Siddiqui (Fordham University)

1:30 – 3:00 PM | Panel: Internal Souths

  • “Soviet-Turkish Friendship on the Line: Cooperation and Enmity on the Georgian-Turkish Border, 1920s-30s”
    • Harrison King (University of California, Berkeley)
  • “Ginning for Fabric Fabrikas: Control in Ginning and Transportation of Soviet Tajikistan’s Raw Cotton Supplies”
    • Nicholas Seay (Ohio State University)

4:00 – 5:30 PM | Panel: Conceptualizing North-South Relations

  • “Alexandria-Odessa: Reciprocity, Realism, and Reimagining of the North-South Cultural Relations”
    • Maria Mileeva (Courtauld Institute)
  • “The Cultural Cringe in Economic Theory: Structuralism, Imperialism, and the Specter of the West in the Soviet Union and Latin America”
    • Alessandro Iandolo (University College London)

5:30 – 6:00 PM | Concluding Remarks

Image: The Emir of Bukhara, 1911

Credit: Prokudin-Gorskii Collection, Library of Congress