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From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity 1897–1994

Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K. et al.

Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.

Early Career Environmental Historians for a Sustainable Academia

Biasillo R., Hameeteman E., Kochetkova E. et al.

Environment and History. 2020. Vol. 26. No. 4. P. 617-621.

Book chapter
Climate Change from the Arctic People’s Point of View: Rhythms of Everyday Life, Infrastructures and Landscapes

Rakhmanova Lidia, Kolesnichenko L., Kirpotin S. et al.

In bk.: The Arctic: Current Issues and Challenges. Iss. Arctic region and antarctica issues and research. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2020. Ch. 2. P. 15-55.

Working paper
The Oldest Notarial Documents Of Vicenza District, 1380 – 1465, With The Regestae Of The Documents, From The Collection Of N.P. Likhachev

Khvalkov E., Агеева Д. А., Shkil M. et al.

Basic research program. WP BRP. National Research University Higher School of Economics, 2019. No. WP BRP 184/HUM/2019.

Conference “Loyalty, subjecthood, and citizenship: Between empire and nation” conference "Loyalty, citizenship : between Empire and nation".

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We are pleased to inform you that on February 4-5, 2021 the Department of History of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg together with the Institute of History of Saint Petersburg State University, are holding the international interdisciplinary conference: “Loyalty, subjecthood, and citizenship: Between empire and nation”
Scholars in the fields of history, sociology, political science, social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, cultural studies, art studies philology, linguistics, and art history are invited to take part in this conference. The postgraduate, masters, and undergraduate students are eligible and welcome to apply.

In the first conference in our series ethnicity was defined as one of the forms of legitimization of social ties in society. Interconnection between ethnicity and power relations is reflected most vividly in the concepts of ‘subjecthood’ and ‘citizenship’, which not only denote belonging of groups/individuals to political formations, but also trigger collective social actions of heterogeneous (from the perspective of social, cultural and economic dimensions) groups/individuals, thus facilitating both vertical and horizontal consolidation and self-identification.

The conference organizing committee  envisages the conference discussion to revolve around the following key issues:  genealogies of ‘subjecthood’ and ‘citizenship’ in their ethno-national dimension; strategies of creation of heterogeneous relations of subjecthood in the situation of imperial diversity; reconciling and universalizing relations of citizenship in the process of nation-building, colonial and imperial situation; construction of the relations of subjecthood/citizenship,  replacing or absorbing alternative identities and loyalties.

For the majority of scholars, the issues of subjecthood/citizenship are usually confined to the phenomenon of Western European modernity. Conversely, the organizers of the conference would like to discuss the problem of subjecthood/citizenship in a wider chronological and regional framework. Consequently, the organizing committee of the conference proposes the following thematic structure of the conference:

1.     Loyalty and loyalties in the Early Middle Ages;

2.     'Communities of the realm': ethno-political and ethno-cultural consolidation in medieval patrimonial monarchies;

3.     Composite monarchies and the issues of subjecthood in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern time;

4.     Subjecthood and citizenship in imperial contexts;

5.     Modern 'nationalisms': opposition between citizenship and subjecthood?

6.     Horizontal consolidation in nations and empires of modern history;

7.     Subjecthood and citizenship in the context of alternative identities: between Staatsnation and Kulturnation;

8.     Subjecthood and citizenship in the colonial context;

9.     Citizenship in legal dimension: jus soli and jus sanguinis;

10. Subjecthood and citizenship and practices of exclusion in the XVIth- XXth cc.

11. Soviet nationalities policy: construction and institutionalization of nationality in the situation of post-imperial diversity

12. The issues of nationality in the nationalizing states of the XXth-XXIth cc.


The working languages of the conference are English and Russian.

Applications should be submitted to:historianationemgignit@gmail.com

Application deadline: 30.11.2020

The application should include the topic of the paper, its summary (300 words), the key words as well as a short CV and contact information.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that committee of the conference allows only in-person participation.

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