[Konferenz München] "The Tsarist/Soviet Empires and the History of Modernity in Asia"

12.09.2017 - 13.09.2017

Vom 12. bis 13. September 2017 veranstalten der Lehrstuhl "Russland-/Asienstudien" an der LMU München und die Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien den Workshop "The Tsarist/Soviet Empires and the History of Modernity in Asia". International renommierte Historikerinnen und Historiker diskutieren dabei das Konzept multipler Modernen anhand von Verflechtungen und Austauschprozessen zwischen dem russischen Kaiserreich beziehungsweise der Sowjetunion und Asien.

Zeit: Dienstag, 12.09.2017, 13:00-20:00 Uhr und Mittwoch, 13.09.2017, 9:30-19:00 Uhr

Ort: München, Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien, Maria-Theresia-Straße 21, Bibliothek

Anmeldung: Bis 08.09.2017 per E-Mail an Kornelia Hohenadler.


The conference seeks to examine entanglements between Tsarist/Soviet and Asian modernities since the late 19th century. In Eurasia, Russia’s rise to great power status anticipated Japan’s (or later, China’s and India’s) transformation from an object of European expansion to a competitive, ‘modern’ rival. In postwar Asia (notions of) modernity were not only influenced by the ‘Western’ model, but also and, arguably, even stronger by developments in the Soviet Union (China and Japan). Though the history of modernities in Asia cannot, of course, be reduced to Tsarist/Soviet influences, they may provide a starting point to the analysis of modernity beyond its Western shape.


Tuesday, September 12


Welcome & Introduction


Panel I: Transfers & Learning

Federico Brusadelli (Rome)
The Tsar’s Mirror. The “Account of the Reforms of Peter the Great” by Kang Youwei (1858-1927). A Russian Model to Save the Chinese

Rotem Kowner (Haifa)
Overlooking the Obvious: The Tsarist and Soviet Impact on the Japanese Quest for Modernity of State and Empire

ca. 14:30-15:00

Tea & Coffee


Joonseo Song (Seoul)
The Role of Russia in the Modernization of Korea during the Early 20th Century

Natalia Ryzhova (Vladivostok)
China as Source for the Russian Far East Modernization

ca. 16:00-17:00

Chair/Discussant: Moritz Florin (Erlangen)


Public Evening Lecture / Öffentlicher Abendvortrag

Ronald G. Suny (Chicago/Ann Arbor)
Modernizing Imperialisms: The Making and Breaking of Nations in the Tsarist and Soviet Empires


Wednesday, September 13


Panel II: Knowledge and Technology

Markku Kangaspuro (Helsinki)
Mapping Soviet Modernization

Shuxi Yin (Hefei)
Sovietization of Engineering Education in China

ca. 10:30-11:00

Tea & Coffee


Sandy Xu (Berlin)
Who were the Peasantry in the Soviet Union and Maoist China?

Greg Bankoff (Hull)
What happened to the Second World? Dealing with Earthquakes in Postsocialist Kazakhstan

ca. 12:00-13:00

Chair/Discussant: Sören Urbansky (Munich/Cambridge)


Panel III: Agency & Theory

Elke Hartmann (Munich)
To the people - to the women! Russian inspirations for Ottoman Armenian revolutionaries

Anastasia Fedorova (Moscow)
Marxist Historiography and Media in 1950s Japan

ca. 15:30-16:00

Tea & Coffee

Milinda Banerjee (Munich/Kolkata)
Modernity and the Ambivalent Place of the Political: Dialectical Responses of Bengali Naxalite Revolutionaries to Soviet and other Transnational Communist Visions, ca. 1969-74

ca. 16:30-17:30

Chair/Discussant: Helena Holzberger (Munich)


Round Table

with Stefan Plaggenborg (Bochum), Andreas Renner (Munich), Joonseo Song (Seoul), Ronald G. Suny (Chicago/Ann Arbor) and David Wolff (Sapporo)

Chair/Discussant: Frank Grüner (Bielefeld)


Den öffentlichen Abendvortrag "Modernizing Imperialisms: The Making and Breaking of Nations in the Tsarist and Soviet Empires" des Workshops am Dienstag, 12. September 2017, hält der US-amerikanische Historiker Prof. Ronald Grigor Suny, Ph.D. Eine vorherige Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.

Zur Teilnahme am gesamten Workshop wird jedoch um Anmeldung gebeten bis 08.09.2017 per E-Mail an Kornelia Hohenadler.