The Imagined Interregnum: Disintegration and Re-Establishment of Russian Academic
Networks in 19171924
Colloquium at the Slavonic Library (National Library of Finland, Helsinki, Finland), 5-6
2nd Call for Papers - deadline extended to 24/01/2013
Politically turbulent years of the Great War, revolutions of 1917 and the civil war
redrew not only the Russian borders, but reshaped also its academic life. It isolated
Russian scholarly societies from the international academic debate and during the first
post-revolutionary years, the academic contacts with the Western colleagues were broken
or were arranged in sporadic ways only. The isolation was intensified by the rise of
Bolshevik rule and by the commercial blockade of Western countries. At the same time, the
ideas of new Russian state and its academic organisations were discussed and presented by
the scholars exiled from Russia.
The colloquium is devoted to the academic and other activities of Russian and exiled
scholars. It will investigate the ideas and ideologies, which were raised within the
Russian academic world in Russia and abroad during the Imagined Interregnum, ie. the
years followed by the Russian revolutions till mid-1920s. We invite proposals which range
The scientific cooperation within the academia, in Russia and in abroad.
The political visions and utopian endeavors of future Russia.
Economic and humanitarian initiatives between western states and Soviet Russia
Reorganisaton of cultural and scientific relations
The keynote speakers of the colloquium are Dr. Evgeni Petrov (State University, St.
Petersburg) and Dr. Luká Babka (Slavonic Library, Prague). Dr. Petrov, an expert of the
Russian historians in diaspora, will discuss broadly the impact of the Russian scholars
onto the Western scientific societies during the Imagined Interregnum. Dr. Babka's
keynote lecture will focus on the Russian Historical Archive Abroad (RZIA) and its role
for the the Russian emigration heritage in various fields of research.
The conference is organised by the research group The Imagined Interregnum (Kirsti
Ekonen, Jussi-Pekka Hakkarainen, Janina Kruglikova, Evgeni Petrov) in co-operation with
the Slavonic Library at the National Library of Finland.
If you would like to present a paper (max. 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion), please
send an abstract (max. 500 words) including a suitable title and information about your
affiliation and academic degree by 24 January 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decisions concerning the abstracts will be communicated no later than 15 February 2013.
We are planning a publication on the topic of the colloquium. The selection of the
articles will be made after the event.
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