Russia’s Races: Meanings and Practices of Race in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union

Thursday, February 26, 2015 to Friday, February 27, 2015
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (19 University Place, Second Floor, New York, New York)
Please join the Harriman Institute, the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York Univeristy (NYU), the NYU Provost, NYU History Department, and the Humanities Initiative at NYU for a two-day workship on race in Russia and the Soviet Union. MUST REGISTER on NYU Jordan Center's website to attend. Follow this link.
Traditionally scholars of Russia have paid little attention to race, either as a historical phenomenon or as an analytical category. Race, it would seem, does not matter in the Russian case. Only recently have some begun to challenge this long held view that has affected our understanding of Russia’s past no less than its present. But important questions remain. Why has race in Russia been so difficult to analyze? Do race and racism mean the same things in Russia as they do in “classical” racial regimes such as Germany or the United States? In what ways does Russia challenge the category of race as it has been developed in other contexts? Can we talk about the particularity of race in Russia without falling into Russian exceptionalism?
This two-day workshop aims to make a serious intervention in a key category of global analysis. It brings together historians, literary scholars, and anthropologists from Europe and the U.S., and combines Russian specialists with discussants from other fields (Latin America, U.S., Western Europe, the Caribbean). The central question will be not whether, but how race has worked in Russia over the past two centuries. We seek to bring Russia into a broader discussion, and at the same time account for the variety of racial systems that emerged in European, American and Asian empires. 
Click here to access the conference program.
Read the Jordan Center's recaps of day 1 and day 2 of the workshop.


Panel 1
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Panel 4
Panel 5
Panel 6
Concluding Remarks