Conference: Translating Race in Eurasia (U. Pennsylvania)

Date of Conference: September 24, 2016

Translating Race in Eurasia

Saturday, 24 September 2016 – 9:30am5:30pm
402 Cohen Hall (249 S 36th) and Slought (4017 Walnut)

Scholars have traditionally defined the Russian and Soviet empires either as racially homogenous spaces or as territories identified by nationality or ethnicity. Yet racial differences do exist—in radicalized identities borne of Russian imperial conquest and in Russian and Soviet imperial responses to racial categories produced in the global history of empire. In this one-day conference presented by Penn’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, scholars will explore how race has been articulated, deployed, and translated among the cultures of Eurasia as well as globally.

Harvard art historian Sarah Lewis, an authority on representation of race across cultures and regions, will give the keynote address, speaking on her forthcoming book Black Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, the Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War.

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