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Conference on The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution

16-17 November 2017 in Singapore

Universite Sorbonne Paris Cite and the National University of Singapore will hold a two-day conference in Singapore 16-17 November 2017, on the trajectory of the Russian Revolution in Asia, broadly defined to include the Asian territories of the Russian Empire as well as Northeast, South and Southeast Asia. Deadline for submission of abstract is 15 June 2017.

Scholars working in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, Russian and Asian studies, economics, cultural studies, sociology and anthropology are invited to submit proposals for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers or panels addressing this theme. The conference will include academic panels, a historiographical roundtable, and keynote speeches by leading scholars in the field of Russo-Asian history.

This conference explores how the Russian empire’s Asian populations and Russia’s Asian neighbours perceived, responded to, refashioned and re-appropriated the Revolution of 1917. How was the Revolution transformed as it reached Asia, and what impact did it have? How did Asian populations interpret and recast the events of 1917? In so doing, the conference aims to expand on existing research into the Revolution by integrating it with the growing fields of global and transnational history, frontier studies, and Asian studies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The impact on diasporic communities and ethnic and religious minorities
  • Responses in Asian territories, both within the Russian imperial polity and across the Asian continent
  • Revolutionaries: transnational networks and revolutionary geography
  • The legacy of the Russian Revolution in Asian regions and countries
  • Visualising the Revolution: the impact on visual cultures and the literary world

Deadline for submission of abstract is 15 June 2017.

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