CfP: The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution: Setting the East Ablaze? - Addendum

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, World History / Studies

This is an addendum to the earlier announcement of the Call for Papers to specify that the date of the conference is 16-17 November 2017.

Universite Sorbonne Paris Cite and the National University of Singapore are pleased to announce a two-day conference on the trajectory of the Russian Revolution in Asia, broadly defined to include the Asian territories of the Russian Empire as well as Northeast, South and Southeast Asia. Scholars working in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, Russian and Asian studies, economics, cultural studies, sociology and anthropology are invited to submit proposals for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers or panels addressing this theme. The conference will include academic panels, a historiographical roundtable, and keynote speeches by leading scholars in the field of Russo-Asian history.


This conference explores how the Russian empire’s Asian populations and Russia’s Asian neighbours perceived, responded to, refashioned and re-appropriated the Revolution of 1917. How was the Revolution transformed as it reached Asia, and what impact did it have? How did Asian populations interpret and recast the events of 1917? In so doing, the conference aims to expand on existing research into the Revolution by integrating it with the growing fields of global and transnational history, frontier studies, and Asian studies. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • The impact on diasporic communities and ethnic and religious minorities
  • Responses in Asian territories, both within the Russian imperial polity and across the Asian continent
  • Revolutionaries: transnational networks and revolutionary geography
  • The legacy of the Russian Revolution in Asian regions and countries
  • Visualising the Revolution: the impact on visual cultures and the literary world


Interested participants should submit a 300-word abstract and a CV to Dr Yuexin Rachel Lin ( by 15 June 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be made by early July. Those accepted are expected to submit a paper on their proposed topic to the conference organisers by 20 October 2017. Papers will be pre-circulated among all attendees to facilitate substantive discussion during the conference and give sufficient time for commentators. The joint conference committee hopes to select some papers for publication. Subsidies for travel — including airfare — and subsistence will be available for participants selected to present papers at the conference.  

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Dr Yuexin Rachel Lin, National University of Singapore

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