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January 08, 2013

CFP Conference: Russian Statehood: The Authorities and Society during the Twentieth Century

Deadline: February 1, 2013

St. Petersburg State University's Faculty of 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. This 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@gmail.com).

Posted by rfacey at January 8, 2013 09:44 AM

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