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05/11/2022 | Press Release

Lecture series on Russia's permanent imperialism

An interdisciplinary lecture series is devoted to Russian imperialisms from different perspectives. The public events always take place on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. in the Campus Center at Holländischer Platz.

Image: kuhnmi.
The Red Square in Moscow.

With the Russian government's military attack on Ukraine, a new war has been raging since February 24, 2022, which has been intensifying day by day ever since, putting millions of people in danger and forcing them to flee.  The lecture series will focus on the multi-layered and enduring Russian imperialisms, their changing content, ambitions, influences, encounters and historical entanglements with, for example, Ukraine, but also with other former post-czarist and post-Soviet countries. Interdisciplinary perspectives on the entangled histories of Russian imperialism and the countries and societies involved in these imperialisms are placed in larger transregional and transcultural contexts.

There are lectures that take a bird's eye view of Russian expansionism and those that focus on individual regions that developed under Russian dominance. This concerns from issues of democracy, nationalism, political economy, human rights, gender practices and LGBTQI* struggles. Thematically, the lecture series is divided into three sections: tsarist imperialism, Soviet imperialism, and post-Soviet imperialism and socio-political developments in post-Soviet spaces.

The lecture is aimed at students from the departments of Humanities and Social Sciences, but is also open to all interested parties. The interdisciplinary conceptual orientation of the lecture series will give students and members of the University of Kassel as well as citizens of Kassel the opportunity to get to know the multi-layered topic of Russian imperialism from different perspectives. The lecture series will also open up the space for discussions on the challenges that the war against Ukraine poses to our common life.

The lecture series will be held in attendance from 25.05.2022 to 13.07.2022. The lectures will take place every Wednesday from 18:00 in the Campus Center, Lecture Hall 6, Room 2113.



Introduction and greetings: Madam Vice President, Professor Sonja Buckel, Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude and Barbare Janelidze.

Ralf Fücks: "History and Present: Russian Imperialism and the Return of Realpolitik"

06/01/2022 Yuliya Yurchenko: "Ukraine and Russian Imperialism in 21st century: Intersectional Effects of an 8 Year War"

Dr. Volodymr Ishchenko: "Madman's war? Ideology, hegemony crisis, and the dynamics of depoliticization in Russians' support for the invasion of Ukraine"

15.06.2022 Susanne Frank: "Europe or Eurasia: Russia's Choice"

Prof. in Jane Burbank: "Eurasian empire, Russian style"
Prof. Dr. Suny : "The Reluctant Imperialism of the Soviet Empire: Expansion, Overreach, and Decline"

Prof. Dr. Harsha Ram : "Russian Literature and Empire"

Prof. Dr. Zaal Andronikashvili: "The Imperial Subject: Modeling Empire in Literature"
Prof. Dr. Giorgi Maisuradze: "The Two Bodies of Stalin. Staging the Cult of Stalin in the Soviet Empire."

07/13/2022 (online) 18:15-20 Marta Havryshko: ''Ukrainian Women's Bodies, Russian Battlefield: Sexual Violence during Russia's war on Ukraine''
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Meeting ID: 916 1356 5669


Photo: Red Square in Moscow by kuhnmi, CC BY 2.0 EN.