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Alexander Etkind, Reader in Russian Literature and Cultural History at King's College, Cambridge, will present in brief the central argument of his recent book, Internal Colonization: Russia's Imperial Experience (Cambridge: Polity, 2011), which offers a new perspective on Russia's history as a simultaneous process of external and internal colonization of its enormous territory. Etkind's research involves a diverse body of historical and literary sources. Using Russia as a case study, he makes a powerful theoretical argument for revisiting such concepts as orientalism, modernity, colonialism and empire.
Co-sponsored by Slavic Department, the Center for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, and the Institute for the Humanities.