Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
1155 East 60th Street, Room 302A
Chicago, IL 60637

Thinking "Race" In The Russian and Soviet Empires DAY 1

WhenMarch 05, 2020 4:00pm - 9:00pm
WhereOther Location
Event Website
Contact InformationCenter for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)
DescriptionMarch 5-7 UIC and UChicago campuses

This conference explores shifting conceptions of race and ethnicity through the transition from the Russian to the Soviet empires. It proposes an approach to race and ethnicity as discursive formations that emerge in a broad archive of ethnographic, linguistic, geographic, and popular media, which furnished both hegemonic discourses of scientific modernity and Russian/Eurasian exceptionalism. Exposing this interdisciplinary notion of “race sciences” and its intersections with related scientific, aesthetic, and political regimes, this conference will examine how race science came to be grounded in both the practical imagination and Imperial Russian and Soviet policies, which served in the ordering and management of the colonial population through diversity mandates, nation-building and border redistricting, as well as restructuring aesthetic and affective regimes of seeing and feeling. We will trace how conceptions of race and ethnicity shifted over the revolutionary transition and responded to specific local and global geopolitics. Working across the disciplines of history, history of science, anthropology, literature, as well as visual media and performing arts, this workshop will expose the ways in which shifting conceptions of race and ethnicity influenced the development of new scientific paradigms and contributed to the restructuring of the social, political and artistic imagination amidst the process of imperial expansion.

Day 1 Location (Please see days 2-3 listed separately):

University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for the Humanities
701 South Morgan Street

At 7:30pm, there is a performance by Psoy Korolenko in a nearby location:
Theatre Building, L285 Recital Hall
1040 West Harrison Street
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Conferences
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