The Caucasus and Central Asia in Conversation: The Importance of Stories and Archives from the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery

Second Annual Ralph T. Fisher Workshop
June 15-16, 2018

Day 1: Friday June 15 (Main Library room 308, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana)

Opening remarks: 8:20-8:30

Panel 1: 8:30-10:00
Discussant: Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman (HSE)

– Botakoz Kassymbekova (Technical University Berlin) Post-Imperial Revelations on the Edge of Empire: A Russian view of the Collapse of the Soviet Union in Tajikistan

-Eva Rogaar (UIUC) Support, a Chat, and a Cup of Tea: Local Soviet Strategies for Women’s Emancipation in Uzbekistan, 1924-1935

Panel 2: 10:15-11:45
Discussant: Joe Lenkart (UIUC)

-Cristina Boboc (Ghent University) State Modernization and Middle Class Metamorphosis in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Liladhar R. Pendse (UC Berkeley) Contesting Identities: Azerbaijani Periodicals Press of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century: A Bibliographic Approach to Azerbaijani Periodicals

Panel 3: 1:30-3:00 (videoconferencing)
Discussants: Ben Bamberger and Eva Rogaar

– Nino Samkharadze (Tbilisi State University) Soviet Nationalities Policy and its Impact on Modern Nationalisms in the Former Soviet Union Countries

Jeff Sahadeo (Carleton University): The Kura River: White Water to White Coal

Panel 4: 3:15-4:45
Discussant: John Randolph (UIUC/REEEC)

-Julia Leikin (University of Exeter) From Sevastopol to Constantinople: Russian Law on the Black Sea in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

-Ben Bamberger (UIUC) A “Kingdom of Ice and Death”: Georgian Mountaineering from Tetnuldi to Moscow, 1929-1934

 

Day 2: Saturday June 16 (International Studies Building room 101, 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign)

Panel 1: 9:00-10:30
Discussant: Alejandra Pires (UIUC)

– Anna Whittington (University of Michigan) World War II and the Making of Soviet Central Asia: Towards a History of the Soviet Union from the Periphery

-Leone Musgrave (Indiana University): Three Memoirs of the Civil War in the Caucasus from the Provincial Archives

Panel 2: 10:45-12:15
Discussant: Maureen Marshall (UIUC/REEEC)

-Jeremy Johnson (University of Michigan) A Script for the Friendship of Peoples: The Politics of Script Change in the South Caucasus, Intentions and Effects

-Kit Condill (UIUC) The Idea of Comprehensive Research Collection, the Perils of “Linguistic Impoverishment” and Print Publications in the Turkic Languages of the North Caucasus, 1806-2017

Panel 3: 1:45-3:15
Discussant: Marek Eby (NYU)

-Zayra Badillo Castro (University of London) Misunderstandings and Misdemeanors: The Place of Religion and Social Transformation in Central Asian Archives after the Sovietological Trend

-Marianne Kamp, (Indiana University) Hunger and Potatoes: The 1933 Famine in Uzbekistan, and Changing Foodways

Concluding roundtable: 3:30-4:30