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Ralph T. Fisher Workshop: The Caucasus and Central Asia in Conversation: The Importance of Stories and Archives from the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery

Event Type
REEEC; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Global Studies; Center for Advanced Study; Beckman Institute; Department of History; Center for Global Studies; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Offices; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
June 15 - 308 Main Library (1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801); June 16 - 101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820)
Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018   8:30 am  
Free and open to the public.
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Conference & Workshops

The Caucasus and Central Asia have often been understood through the lens of the Russian center, in terms of the categories that emerged from Moscow and St. Petersburg, and through the centralized archives and libraries that many scholars have used to study these regions. This workshop explores what can be gained—conceptually and methodologically—by centering the archives and stories from these regions. How can we transcend a history of the Caucasus and Central Asia that has defined these regions primarily in terms of their relationship with the Russian center? How do we create such histories without overemphasizing the centrality of the nation as a category of analysis? How can we write transnational and local histories that go beyond both the nation and the binary of center and periphery?


Attendance at workshop sessions is free and open to the public.


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