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Division of Social Studies presents

Dr. Julia Fein, Candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of Eastern European/Russian/Eurasian History

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[Dr. Julia Fein, Candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of Eastern European/Russian/Eurasian History]
“Inscribing Nature” presents aspects of a longer book project, Collecting Empire in Revolutionary Russia: Museums, Lives and Politics in Siberia. The book argues that regional knowledge and politics were co-produced in late imperial Siberia in a way that later served as a model for early Soviet ideas about making people and space Soviet. One of two cases in the book in which rocks play a central role in uniting or dividing people, “Inscribing Nature” describes change over time in this relationship between local knowledge and political subjectivity between approximately 1905 and 1929. As the title indicates, the talk focuses particularly on people’s inscription of political action into forests and rocks, and their endeavors to inscribe natural wonders onto their own bodies and minds. Since one of the particular episodes described in this talk spurred the direction of the author’s interests for a future project, the talk concludes with brief thoughts on a history of eating and empire in Russia/the USSR, 1905-2005.

Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium