Below you will find terminated research projects that concern research discipline History.

Married to the Empire. Three Governor’s wives in Russian America 1829-1864

Duration: January 2010 - Sep 2015

Project leader: Susanna Rabow-Edling | Project page

The project aims to understand the experiences of these women as governors’ wives in the light of prescriptive notions of true womanhood and of the role of women in the civilizing mission. What was it like to be a young woman in the most remote part of the Russian empire and how can these experiences be related to the cult of domesticity and the new ideal of womanhood that took form in the nineteenth century? What was expected of them as representatives of the Russian empire and how did they themselves perceive this role?

Understanding the “New Wave” of Russian Nationalism

Duration: October 2011 - September 2014

Project leader: Igor Torbakov | Project page

The project’s objective was to explore how the nationalist “New Wave” critiques the Russian nationalist tradition – not least the relationship between Russian nationalism and the Russian state – and to analyze nationalists’ views on how Russian nationalism should be reinvigorated so that it can become a truly influential popular movement.

The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict in Historical Perspective

Duration: January 2014-December 2016

Project leader: Igor Torbakov | Project page

The Visions of Eurasia: Eurasianist Influences on Politics, Culture and Ideology in Russia Today

Duration: Oct 2013 - Sep 2016

Project leader: Igor Torbakov | Project page (coming soon)

The Image of Islam in Russia

Duration: 6-8 October, 2016 

Project leader: Greg Simons | Project page (coming soon)

Since the collapse of Communism and the emergence of the Russian Federation, in terms of official rhetoric and documents, the country prides itself on being a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state. Yet, there are counter-veiling tendencies in Russian society that openly do not embrace or are suspicious of ‘Other’ cultures and identities. This can be seen with the rise of nationalism and the current insurgencies in the Northern Caucasus, which can influence public opinion and perception of Islam. The issues of ethnic and religious identities are increasingly under pressure from political actors, and this causes a lack of the needed frank and open discussions on the matter. The conference will explore how Islam is understood, viewed and projected in the public and media sphere in contemporary Russia. A multidisciplinary perspective shall be used to try and illuminate the different aspects to the debate, both historical and contemporary – therefore the disciplines shall include, but not be restricted to history, political science, sociology, religion and mass communication. It shall include how Islam projects itself to other communities and how other communities perceive and react to Islam.

Punishment as a Crime? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Prison Experience in Russian Culture (international conference)

Duration: 01.03.2012-31.08.2012

Project leader: Julie Hansen | Project page

Nelson Mandela has claimed that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” In Russia, prisons have had a far-reaching impact on society and culture, from tsarist times to the Soviet Gulag. The threat and experience of imprisonment continue to be significant factors in the post-Soviet Russian Federation.

On 15-17 August 2012, the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University hosted an interdisciplinary workshop which examined questions related to prison experience in Russia.

The workshop aimed to elucidate the many ways in which prisons in Russia have influenced and interacted with cultural, political and social spheres, from tsarist Russia through the present day. The project brought together internationally prominent scholars who have conducted research on various aspects of the culture, history and sociology of prisons in Russia.