Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education "Belgorod National Research University"

Virtual roundtable – Peripheral Histories, 16 June 2020

Virtual roundtable – Peripheral Histories: Regions, Localities, and Borderlands in Eurasia in Historical Perspective


Since 2016, Peripheral Histories (www.peripheralhistories.co.uk) 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)

This virtual roundtable will be held on Zoom at 15:00-16:30 BST on Tuesday 16th June 2020. In order to join, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an invite code.

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