Industrious Nations: Reconsidering Nationality and Economy in the Soviet Union

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October 28, 2022 to October 29, 2022
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Economic History / Studies

Workshop in Princeton, New Jersey
October 28-29, 2022

Marking the centennial of the Soviet Union’s creation in December 1922, this two-day workshop explores the relationship between national identity and the economy in the Soviet Union. It brings together scholars whose research engages with these two fields and serves as a platform to exchange ideas on how to combine both issues in a meaningful way. Precirculated papers from invited participants will form the basis of discussion. Artemy Kalinovsky will address the workshop in a keynote lecture. In addition, a roundtable with Sarah Cameron, Claire Roosien, Lewis Siegelbaum, Andrew Sloin, and Anna Whittington will respond to the panels and conclude the workshop.

The keynote lecture and the roundtable will be offered in a hybrid format via zoom. The paper panels of the workshop will be restricted to in-person attendees. Registration is required for either format. Please visit for more information, including the full schedule, speaker bios, and registration.

The workshop is jointly hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and Princeton University’s Department of History.

Friday, October 28, 2022

1:15 - 3 p.m. | Session 1: Policies (in-person only)
Papers by Epp Annus, David Brandenberger, and Nikolay Mitrokhin, comment by Wendy Goldman

3:15 - 5 p.m. | Session 2: Interactions (in-person only)
Papers by Aleksandr Korobeinikov, Beatrice Penati, and Tamar Qeburia, comment by Claire Roosien

5:15 - 6:45 pm | Keynote by Artemy Kalinovsky (hybrid)
“Exceptions to Socialism: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Soviet Development in Comparative Perspective”

Saturday, October 29, 2022

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Session 3: Labor (in-person only)
Papers by Zoé Allen-Mercier, Kateryna Burkush, Wendy Goldman, and Jonathan Raspe, comment by Artemy Kalinovsky

1 - 2:45 p.m. | Session 4: Communities (in-person only)
Papers by Robert Geraci, Sohee Ryuk, and Jeff Sahadeo, comment by Sarah Cameron

3 - 4:45 pm | Roundtable (hybrid)
Sarah Cameron, Claire Roosien, Lewis Siegelbaum, Andrew Sloin, and Anna Whittington, moderated by Sam Coggeshall

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