Russia’s Long Century: Identity, Empire, and Nationhood - Call for Papers.

Russia’s Long Century: Identity, Empire, and Nationhood 

St Antony’s College | University of Oxford 

17-18 May 2017

The course of Russian history over the past hundred years has encompassed the bloody end of dynastic rule, Soviet communism’s unanticipated rise and collapse, and the renovation of the Russian Federation’s faltering democracy into an authoritarian regime increasingly at odds with the West. Narratives of Russia’s identity as a state, nation and people(s) have been refracted through a century’s worth of rupture and mobilisation, with state-led programs of nation-building and social engineering contending with other discourses of belonging. The contemporary repurposing of symbols and signifiers in a project of ideological consolidation puts Russians’ self-perceptions of the country’s history and identity in a new light. This conference aims to inspire/encourage cross-disciplinary reflections on Russia’s long century and its impact on current identities and political discourses.

Keynote speeches and panel sessions will be held over the two-day event at St Antony’s College, Oxford, split broadly into historical and contemporary themes. The conference aims at synergy between students, early career researchers and established academics. We invite submissions for papers and presentations on relevant topics from scholars and students in all social science disciplines, including history, international relations, political science, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and area studies. Paper proposals not exceeding 500 words should be submitted to the conference organisers at russiaslongcentury@gmail.com by 10 April 2017. Completed papers should not exceed 5,000 words. All applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their proposal on 17 April 2017. Further information and details may be found on the conference website: russiaslongcentury.com.