Alexander Semyonov will discuss "Breakup of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union: Similarities, Dissimilarities or a Continuum of Imperial Transformations."
This talk addresses the tectonic shift in thinking about empire and nation in contemporary historical writing and, in particular, the critique of the teleological assumption of ubiquitous transition from empire to nation-state as the vector of modern history. The talk summarizes the recent literature on the problem of diversity in the moment of breakup of the Russian empire and Soviet Union, advances diachronic comparison of two historical events, and suggests an alternative framework of imperial transformation that captures the horizons of expectations of political actors during the reform processes in the Russian empire and Soviet Union and the persistence of the problem of diversity in the post-imperial political arrangements.
Semyonov is a historian of modern Russian history, his research interests include political and intellectual history, history of empire and nationalism. He is also interested in the emerging field of global history and dialogue between new imperial history and global history. He has published on the intellectual and political history of Russian liberalism and liberal imperialism, the history of political reforms and revolutions, the first Russian parliament in the early twentieth century and the history of Russian social sciences and their global connections. Since 2000, he has been a co-founding member of the editorial board of Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space.
The talk is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst College and the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Fund at Amherst College.
Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.
The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.
The Global Education Office, partnering with the Queer Resource Center, invites you to the LGBTQI+ study abroad send off! This event is for students who identify as LGBTQI+ or who are allies to the community and have studied abroad or who plan to study abroad. We hope to connect students to talk about how LGBTQI+ identity is viewed and shifts abroad, and how to navigate being your authentic self in a foreign environment. We hope to see you there!
Join four local queer and trans yoga instructors, Jena Duncan, Sebastian Merrill, Tiffany Joseph and Elli Palmer, for an evening of beginner yoga and a discussion on creating space for marginalized gender and sexuality identities in yoga and fitness. We will also reflect on cultural appropriation within the western practice of yoga and discuss strategies to decolonize our practices. Yoga will be held in the Powerhouse, doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and yoga practice beginning promptly at 6 p.m. There will be yoga mats available for those who do not own their own mats. The panel discussion and dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. All are welcome to join for either or both components of the event.
If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!
Join us in celebrating community with Campus Diversity and Student Leadership. There will be board games, Ginger Garden and wholesome fun!
The Office of Residential Life is hosting a student clothing drive from Monday, December 3 to Sunday, December 9! Then, on Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room there will be a Final Push Celebration with free pizza and cookies! You can donate any clothes in good condition. Where can you donate? All week long you can drop your clothes off inside of a bin in the atrium of Keefe campus center! You may also donate your clothes at the Final Push Celebration. Where will the clothes be donated? All of the clothes will be given to the Amherst Survival Center, a local non-profit organization.