I am looking for other participants for a panel at the 2007 AHA meeting in Atlanta (Jan 4-7) on the function of violence, actual or threatened, in the colonial setting. Alternatively, this paper could fit in a panel on what Ann Laura Stoler has termed the "education of desire," that is, the processes whereby colonial institutions sought to inculcate new values and/or economic practices.
My dissertation looks at the history of Russian colonialism in the Caucasus, with a particular focus on controlled population movements as an integral part of Russian efforts to introduce Western norms into the region. My paper would deal with the role of violence in this civilizing paradigm, as Russian officials argued that the exercise of destructive force would lead Caucasians to embrace new practices. Papers dealing with any region or aspect of colonialism are welcome, modern period preferred. The deadline for submitting panel proposals is February 15, 2006.
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