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Russia’s Worlds: Russian Empire and the Ottoman World

January 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. There will be no in-person event.

Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live.

Please join us for an event in the Russia’s Worlds Lecture Series, a discussion with Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (UC Santa Barbara) and Eileen Kane (Connecticut College).

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in global migration and forced displacement and the history of the Ottoman and Russian empires and their successor states. His research, based on sources in Arabic, Turkish, and Russian, interrogates the relationship between refugee mobility, political economy, and ethnic cleansing, which were critical to the making of the modern Middle East and Eastern Europe. Hamed-Troyansky is currently working on a book manuscript, An Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims in the Late Ottoman State, which examines the resettlement of Muslim refugees from Russia in the Ottoman Empire prior to World War I. His project revisits late Ottoman history through the lens of migration and excavates the origins of refugee resettlement in the modern Middle East. Between 1860 and 1914, about a million North Caucasian Muslims, primarily Circassians, Chechens, and Daghestanis, arrived and were resettled throughout the Ottoman Empire, from territories of modern-day Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece in the west, through Turkey, to Syria, Iraq, and Jordan in the east. His work demonstrates that state support—in the form of financial aid, infrastructural development, and legislation—was critical to the economic success of refugee resettlement.

Eileen Kane is a historian of modern Russia and Eurasia interested in comparative and global approaches to history. Her research and teaching focus on modern Russia, and she always seeks to consider Russia within broader histories of Europe, Eurasia and the world. Her interests include empires, migrations, religion and historical connections between the Russian and Ottoman empires. She teaches courses on Russian, Soviet, European and Eurasian history. Kane’s research has taken her to archives and manuscript collections in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa, Tbilisi and Istanbul, and been supported by numerous national fellowships and grants, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2009-10) and a publication grant from the American Association of University Women. Her first book, Russian Hajj: Empire and the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca, was published in December 2015 by Cornell University Press.

Russia’s Worlds Lecture Series:

In the last two decades historians have consistently challenged the center-periphery approach to the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, at the same time establishing the inadequacy of state boundaries to encompass imperial and Soviet experience. “Russia’s Worlds” brings together innovative work on connections between the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the outside world, looking at how these states, their cultures, and their subjects interacted with the wider world, other states, and the international scene based on religion, ethnicity, ideology and professional affiliations. In this series of six talks, twelve speakers working at the intersection of several fields will share new perspectives on how international law, migration, environment, traveling ideas, individuals and commodities tied Russia to a larger world and the other way around.

All events at 12:00pm Eastern unless noted otherwise.

January 21, 2021: Russian Empire and the Ottoman World

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (UC Santa Barbara)
Eileen Kane (Connecticut College)

February 18, 2021: Soviet Union and the Middle East

Sam Hirst (Bilkent University, Ankara)
Masha Kirasirova (NYU Abu Dhabi)

March 18, 2021: The Russian and Soviet North Pacific

Bathsheba Demuth (Brown University)
Ilya Vinkovetsky (Simon Fraser University)

April 15, 2021: The Second World War and the Postwar Settlement

[Time TBD]
Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University
Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


January 21
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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New York, NY Online United States
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Columbia University
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