Launch of the Research Network Pre-modern Russia between Eastern Europe and Asia

Launch of the Research Network Pre-modern Russia between Eastern Europe and Asia

Prof. Dr. Julia Herzberg, Prof. Dr. Andreas Renner (LMU Munich)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Historisches Seminar der LMU, Geschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München
Vom - Bis
07.05.2021 - 07.05.2021
Julia Herzberg

Scholarship on Russia is skewed towards recent history and a Eurocentric perspective. It focuses largely on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and measures Russia in terms of its relations with the ‘West’. Both of these tendencies obscure the recognition of continuities and ruptures across the epochal boundary of the eighteenth century and the importance of Asia for Russia’s history. The new network aims to pool expertise on the pre-modern period in East European history in order to strengthen and increase the visibility of this area of research.

Launch of the Research Network Pre-modern Russia between Eastern Europe and Asia

The goal is to broaden the focus of early modern studies by integrating the history of Russia into the transnational (or transimperial) and transcultural history of Eurasia. At the core of this initiative is the question of what significance the epochal changes of the pre-modern period have for our current understanding of Russia in the modern world.

The idea of establishing this network arose from the challenges connected with the low level of formal institutional support in German and western European universities for research into this time period and for trans-Eurasian perspectives. Such an academic network promotes scholarly communication and exchange of knowledge and ultimately, we hope, will facilitate the development of new research perspectives and projects on the history of Russia in the pre-modern period.


9:30-10:00 Welcome
Julia Herzberg, Andreas Renner (Munich)

10:00-11:00 I Interimperial Trade
Chair: David Khunchukashvili (Munich)

Gleb Kazakov (Gießen)
Projekte der kolonialen Ausdehnung und des Überseehandels und ihre Schicksale im Russischen Reich des 17. Jahrhunderts

Alexandr Osipian (Leipzig)
Facilitating Trade and Diplomacy between Early Modern Russia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Poland-Lithuania: Armenian Merchant Networks and Long-distance Trade

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 II Faith and Knowledge,
Chair: Olga Trufanova (Regensburg, Beijing)

Aleksandr Lavrov (Paris)
Eine Palastrevolution in Istanbul, erzählt durch einen russischen Janitscharen

Chechesh Kudachinova (Berlin)
Making Knowledge in the 'Republic of the Unlettered': Drums, Health, and Natural History in Seventeenth-Century Siberia

12:30-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-14:45 III Controlling the Steppe
Chair: Elena Lisytsina (Munich)

Angelina Kalashnikova & Maria Proskuriakova (Saint Petersburg)
Russian Tsar Administration of Siberian Newly Incorporated Territories in the first half of the 17th Century. Lensky Fort Case Study

Michel Abeßer (Freiburg)
The wild (and prosperous) field – State Control and Local Dynamics in the 18th-century Don- Region

Ulrich Hofmeister (Wien)
Taganrog and the Petrine Evolution in Urban Planning

15:00-15:30 Virtual get-together and discussion of perspectives


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