Past events:

BASEES Eurasian Regions Study Group Webinar: Siberia in the Late Tsarist and Early Soviet Era
9th June 2021 18.00 BST (London time), held on Zoom.

Join us for a discussion of modern Siberia, featuring an international panel of researchers:

Tatiana Saburova (Indiana University): Photography in Geographical Imagination and Exploration of Siberia in Late Imperial Russia
Aleksandr Korobeinikov (Central European University): "The Land of the Future": Resource Imagination and Knowledge Production in Post-Imperial Yakutia, 1915-1930
Nadia Mamontova (University of Northern British Columbia): Soviet geopower, Indigenous people and the role of geological research in the administrative policy in Siberia (1920s-1930s) 
Diego Repenning López (University of Bristol): Grigorii Z. Eliseev, Tomsk University and Siberian Peripherality

Chair: Siobhán Hearne (Durham University)

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Virtual Roundtable - Teaching Peripheral Histories
Tuesday 1st December 2020, 16:00-17:30 GMT

The Peripheral Histories? project is all about highlighting peripheral spaces, actors and events; examining the changing status of and relations between ‘centres’ and ‘peripheries’; and exploring the ways in which borderlands have been remade in particular historical circumstances. We firmly believe that these discussions belong in the classroom, so this autumn we ran a special series of posts on teaching diverse histories of Eurasia. You can read the full series here.


In our next virtual roundtable, we will bring together scholars who centre the diversity of Eurasia in their history courses to reflect on key themes and issues raised in our teaching series. We will be discussing primary sources, languages, transnational/transimperial connections, and how to balance breadth and depth when teaching peripheral histories.



Ian Campbell (University of California, Davis)

Kelly O’Neill (Harvard University and director of the Imperiia project)

Zbigniew Wojnowski (University of Roehampton)

Moderator: Jo Laycock (University of Manchester)

This virtual roundtable will be held on Zoom at 16:00-17:30 GMT on Tuesday 1st December 2020. In order to join, please email for an invite code.

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Virtual Roundtable - Peripheral Histories: Regions, Localities, and Borderlands in Eurasia in Historical Perspective
Tuesday 16th June 2020, 15:00-16:30 BST

Since 2016, Peripheral Histories? has been publishing cutting-edge scholarship on regional, liminal, and provincial spaces in the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and Eurasia and promoting dialogue between early career and more established scholars working on the region. While Moscow and St. Petersburg have thus far dominated scholarship in our field, our project has been shifting the focus and challenging the perception that ‘peripheries’ were ever ‘peripheral’. In this virtual roundtable, we will reflect on the core questions of the project: How have certain regions come to be understood as peripheral and what are the consequences of this for historical writing? How do notions of peripherality affect identities, conflicts, and understandings of centre/periphery in the region of the former Soviet Union? Which conceptual frameworks and sources can be used to deepen our knowledge of ‘peripheral’ regions, and what are some of the challenges of working in under-explored archives? How can digital humanities tools enhance our understanding of ‘peripheral’ actors, events, and processes?


This roundtable was originally scheduled for BASEES 2020, but as the conference has unfortunately been postponed, we invite you to join us online instead. We will be discussing how we can continue to share and support each other's research in light of the current crisis.



Catherine Gibson (University of Tartu)

Botakoz Kassymbekova (Liverpool John Moores University)

Jo Laycock (University of Manchester)

Moderators: Siobhán Hearne (Durham University) and Alun Thomas (Staffordshire University)

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