European Studies Council: “The Imperial Plow: Settler Colonialism in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union”

Event time: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 9:00am
Henry R. Luce Hall, Room 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

The European Studies Council presents a two day conference: 

“The Imperial Plow: Settler Colonialism in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.” 

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  • 9:00 Panel 3: Settler Administrations
    • Discussant: Doug Rogers (Yale)
    • Chair: Nurfadzilah Yahaya (Yale)
    • Aminat Chokobaeva (Nazarbayev Univ.), “’Peaceful Cohabitation is Only Possible on the Condition of Creating National Minority Districts’: Ethnic Conflict, Administrative Reforms, and Resource Distribution in Stalinist Central Asia”
    • Victoria Donovan (Univ. of St. Andrews), “Mapping the ‘Wild Field’: The Cartographic Pre-history of Settler Colonialism in the Ukrainian Steppe”
    • Alexander Semyonov (Amherst College), “Tensions of the Colonizing and Federalizing Empire: The Debates in the Russian Imperial State Duma, 1906-1911”
  • 11:00 Panel 4: Beyond Russians
    • Discussant: Hannah Shepherd (Yale)
    • Chair: Mieka Erley (Colgate Univ.)
    • Aileen Friesen (University of Winnipeg), “State Violence, Mennonite Settlers, and Structures of Power in the North Caucasus”
    • Jonathan Dekel-Chen (Hebrew Univ.), “Civilizing the Steppes: Accidental Jewish Surrogates for Colonialism”
    • Oleksandr Polianichev (Södertörn Univ.), “’Little Russians’ as Hardly Russians: The Colonization of Circassia and the Origins of Russia’s Ukrainian Question”
  • 1:45 Panel 5: Settler Colonial Encounters
    • Discussant: Peter Rutland (Wesleyan)
    • Chair: Nari Shelekpayev (Yale)
    • Abby Schrader (Franklin and Marshall College), “Disordered Bodies in the Borderlands: Gender, Sex, Ethnicity, and the Problem of Setting Siberia”
    • Chechesh Kudachinova (Mannheim Univ.), “Golden Pocket Watches and the ‘Russian House’: Exploring Settler Colonialism in the Altay Mountains, 1870s-1910s”
    • Marina Mogilner (Univ. of Illinois - Chicago), “The Problem of ‘Settler Colonialism’ through the Lens of the Multan Case”
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public