Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

Breadcrumb Navigation


Workshop (Munich)

New Perspectives in the Historical Research of Empires

11.07.2019 – 13.07.2019

Within the strategic partnership of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München and the University of Cambridge, a network on "New Perspectives in East and South East European Studies" has been formed. The Opening workshop with project presentations by doctoral candidates from both universities will take place in Munich 11–13 July 2019.

LMU Munich and the University of Cambridge have both long traditions in studying East and South East Europe, but with varying geographic and disciplinary emphases. This partnership intends to pool the respective expertise providing the opportunity for the development of a unique area studies cooperation which in this breadth does not exist anywhere else.

Principal Investigators of the "New Perspectives in East and South East European Studies" network are Professor Dr Martin Schulze Wessel, Chair of East and Southeast European History at LMU Munich, and Dr Hubertus F. Jahn, Reader in the History of Russia and the Caucasus at Clare College in the University of Cambridge.

It is envisaged to broaden the cooperation that already exists between the PIs in Cambridge and Munich through graduate student conferences and invited lectures as well as joint research projects. The goal is to create a network of young scholars who will in the future engage in collaborative research projects clustered around a number of themes that ideally transcend the limits of geographical and disciplinary boundaries.

The Opening workshop in Munich is organized in co-operation with the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies.

On Thursday, 11 July 2017, Professor Dr Ekaterina Boltunova, head of the International Laboratory "Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' and Professor at the School of General and Applied Philology of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, will give a lecture on "The Last King of Poland: The Coronation of Nicholas I in Warsaw in 1829 and Russian-Polish Historical Memory". This keynote lecture is open to the academic public; the workshop only upon special request.

Where: Munich – Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Maria-Theresia-Straße 21, library.

When: 11.07.2019 – 13.07.2019


Thursday, 11 July

18:00 Opening Keynote Lecture

Ekaterina Boltunova (Moscow): The last King of Poland: The coronation of Nicholas I in Warsaw in 1829 and Russian-Polish historical memory

20:00 Dinner

Friday, 12 July

9:00 ― 11:30 Spaces Between Centre and Periphery

Chair: Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)

  • Malika Zekhni (Cambridge): Tsarist Russia, Central Asia and urban space, 1865-1917
  • Jana Osterkamp (Munich): Federalist moments. Habsburg Federalism as a holistic idea for imperial change
  • Boris Ganichev (Munich): Integrating the empire’s economic spaces? The organization of peripheral territories in the Russian customs system
  • Ricarda Vulpius (Munich): Reforms inspired by the Enlightenment and their failure in Russia's southern empire

11:30 ― 14:00 Lunch

14:00 ― 16:30 Science

Chair: Kärin Nickelsen (Munich)

  • Ruslan Mitrofanov (Munich): Showcasing “civilized nations:” Kasan psychiatry at the International Hygienic Exhibition in Dresden, 1911
  • Nick Evans (Cambridge): Kovalevsky at the foot of Elbrus: Ethnography, archaeology and empire
  • Martina Niedhammer (Munich): Minor languages in imperial contexts: Belarusian and Ukrainian as part of Slavonic Studies in late 19th-century Russia
  • Marcus Colla (Cambridge): The Reichsgründung of 1871 and debates about empire among East German historians

17:00 Reception

Saturday, 13 July

9:00 ― 12:00 Post-colonial Legacies

Chair: Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge)

  • Chelsea Michta (Cambridge): The persistence of anti-imperial tropes in Polish anti-communism: the case of “Solidarity”
  • Kai Johann Willms (Munich): Poland as a postcolonial society? Reflections on centre-periphery relations among Polish-American scholars after 1945
  • Jon Roozenbeek (Cambridge): Back to the empire? Identity construction and the media in occupied Donbas, 2014-2017
  • Daria Mattingly (Cambridge): Holodomor as a “colonial” famine
  • Marina Klyshko (Munich): Neo-Eurasianism and its reflection in post-Soviet Russian literature

12:00 ― 13:30 Lunch

13:30 ― 15:30 Representations

Chair: Ekaterina Boltunova (Moscow)

  • Helena Holzberger (Munich): Visualizing empire. Photographs of Central Asia between knowledge, art, and propaganda
  • Eirini Diamantouli (Cambridge): Musical Orientalism in the Greek Diaspora of the Russian Empire
  • Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge): Music and empire in Russia

15:30 ― 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 ― 18:30 Political orders and international politics

Chair: Hubertus Jahn (Cambridge)

  • Azamat Kumykov (Cambridge): British foreign policy in the North Caucasus and the Circassian question in the 19th century
  • Sarah Slye (Cambridge): Changing visions of a federal future in Caucasia, 1917-1921
  • Alexander Libman (Munich): Patriotic entrepreneurship: Is there a Crimean consensus among Russian businessmen?
  • Adele Del Sordi (Munich): Kazakhstan's power of example in Central Asia: can we talk of an “Authoritarian Gravity Centre”?

19:00 Dinner


Programme Flyer (as pdf-file)

Responsible for content: GS OSES/Hilgert