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CfP: Russian Statehood, St. Petersburg 30.-31.5.13 (1.2.)

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  • Andreas Umland
    After receiving letters of interest from scholars across the Atlantic world, St. Petersburg State University s Faculty History would like to issue a final call
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 28, 2012
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      After receiving letters of interest from scholars across the Atlantic
      world, St. Petersburg State University's Faculty History would like to
      issue a final call for papers for the international research conference
      “Russian Statehood: The Authorities and Society during the Twentieth
      Century” to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia on 30-31 May 2013.

      idea builds off of the Faculty’s prior success hosting an international
      conference in October 2010 dedicated to the study of late Stalinism and
      the epoch of N.S. Khrushchev and it hopes to, within the parameters of
      this future conference, continue its scientific dialogue with historians
      from different countries who also study Russia’s contemporary history.

                  The creation and development of the Russian state remain
      questions of great importance even as they have been studied in many
      ways by Russian historians and their foreign colleagues. Already this
      year (2012), the attention of scientific circles within the Russian
      Federation has been drawn to the 1150th anniversary of the birth of the
      Russian state.  Now, research is set to continue in 2013—a meaningful
      year if ever there was one for this area of knowledge. Four hundred
      years ago began the rule of Romanovs which to significant extent
      determined the particularities of Russia’s subsequent development as a
      state. The year 2013 should also attract the attention of historians for
      it was 100 years ago that a period of relatively stable growth ended
      and the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution brought a new era of
      development for Russia.

                    The conference’s
      Organizing Committee invites you to take part in the discussion of
      questions that remain hotly debated especially as the Russian Federation
      continues to experience developments connected to the ongoing formation
      of a new form of statehood. This conference has already received
      support from the St. Petersburg City Government’s Committee for External
      Ties as well as the B.N. Yeltsin Presidential Library. During the
      conference’s proceedings, the Organizing Committee hopes to examine the
      following “blocks” of problems:

                    1. Russia’s revolutions and wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries
                    2. Transformations of the political system, the economy, and society
                    3. Problems building a nation-state and the collapse of states
                    4. Issues involving culture including relationships between the intelligentsia, the
      authorities, and the people

                  The language of the conference is Russian. Those scholars
      selected to present at the conference may elect to have the Organizing
      Committee translate their presentations from their language of choice to
      Russian in the months prior to the conference’s taking place. The
      articles off of which these presentations are based may also be
      translated into Russian if they are selected for publication in a
      conference compendium to appear at a later date.

      The Organizing Committee plans to take upon itself the costs of
      two-nights lodging plus breakfast for those scholars selected to
      participate in the conference.

                    If you are
      interested in participating, please send a short e-mail in English or
      Russian explaining your presentation topic by 1 February 2013 to Dr.
      Ludmila K. Riabova, Associate Professor of History, Istoricheskii
      Fakul’tet (Otdel’ Istochnikovedeniia istorii Rossii),
      Sankt-Peterburgskii Gosudarstvennyi Universitet, Mendeleevskaia Linia d.
      5, g. Sankt-Peterburg, Rossiiskaia Federatsiia, 199034 (e-mail: lryabovaspb@...<mailto:lryabovaspb@...>).
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