Professor Etkind is the author of seven books on Russian and East European cultural history. In his lecture on Thursday, September 13, Professor Etkind 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.
Sponsors: Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, CREES, Institute for the Humanities
Alexander Etkind, reader in Russian literature and cultural history, University of Cambridge