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April 2018

Carolina Seminar • Politics of History in the 1980s – 2000s (the ‘New Europe’ and Ukraine)

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation will offer an overview of ideas in Dr. Georgiy Kasianov's most recently completed research project on misuse of history and 'historical memory' in ideological debates in East Europe. Dr. Kasianov will also introduce his current work in progress "Image of the Other: the Past and the Present (Ukraine, Poland, Russia)." The paper can be accessed here. Georgiy Kasianov (Visiting Fulbright Scholar) is the chair of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of History of Ukraine (Kyiv) and a professor at…

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Carolina Seminar • Elizabethan “Intermezzo”: Theatricality as Politics at the Russian Imperial Court (1740s-1750s)

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Unlike Peter I and Catherine II, Empress Elizabeth (r. 1741-61) is not known for her imperial strategy. Yet, her reign witnessed important developments in all of the empire’s border regions, from the annexation of a piece of Finland as a result of the Treaty of Åbo (1743) to the encounter with the Bashkirs, linked to intensive industrial development in the Urals. This paper will attempt an overview of Elizabeth’s empire, both from the perspective of key issues in the border areas and from that of imperial policy.…

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