This course examines the history of Russia from the conquest of Kazan and Astrakhan in the sixteenth century to the revolutions of 1917. Topics include the pattern and process of imperial expansion, the nature of autocratic authority, the role of religious institutions and practices, the importance of trade, and the rich landscape of cultural production. Students will work intensively with textual and visual sources and gain practice in the arts of...
The preparation for the general exam in the history of the Russian Empire runs across two semesters. We meet every other week and cover 12 major topic areas. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with a set of influential narratives as well (affectionately tagged "bird's eye views" in the Zotero library), and to prepare a topic that suits their own interests.
The Russian and East European History workshop exists to provide graduate students with a venue for presenting and getting valuable feedback on works-in-progress (dissertation chapters and prospectuses, future journal articles, etc), all while enjoying some well-earned food and drink. Our Thursday evening meetings follow a tried-and-true format whereby presenters speak about their work for roughly 15 minutes before we open the floor for discussion of the pre-circulated paper.
This course is a year-long bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminar on the production, representation, and significance of cultural space. Eurasia, a region encompassing Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, provides fertile ground for our exploration of the ways in which mapping (and related forms of spatial analysis) can produce new insights into the relationships among and between cultural sites, systems, and practices. Special attention will be paid to urban space and the physical – mappable – infrastructures that shape cultural life.