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JOURNAL/CFP- Ab Imperio 2009: Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Spaces

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JOURNAL/CFP- Ab Imperio 2009: Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Spaces

Posted by: Sergey Glebov <sglebov@smith.edu>

Dear Colleagues,

Ab Imperio invites contributions to the four issues of the journal in
2009. Please, find the annual program below.

For inquiries, submissions, or subscription, please, visit the
journals website at http://abimperio.net

Sergey Glebov

2009 Annual Theme:

Homo Imperii:
The Imperial Situation of Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Space

When Marc Bloch coined his famous definition of history as a science
about humans in time, he anticipated by several decades the
anthropological turn in historical studies. The humanistic message of
Blochs formulation is ambivalent: does it suggest that human beings
change together with the circumstances of total history, or that they
remain essentially the same throughout different epochs and
situations? Is it really possible to translate adequately the life
experience of a representative of a certain epoch in terms of a
different time period? How do grand narratives look through the prism
of an individuals life experience? How does ones life perception
depend on the different aspects of the imperial situation that may
combine uneven social and cultural spaces, and elements of different
epochs, both archaic and modern? Can the methods of biographical
writing and prosopography be regarded as an alternative to grand,
depersonalized historical narratives? Writing biography is
inconceivable without taking into consideration time and space as
crucial factors, but how does the specificity of these features affect
human life and its perception?

No. 1/2009 Narrating the Multiple Self: New Biographies for the Empire

In search of an analytic model of biography in the imperial context
the autobiographical narrative in its imperial and national contexts
national heroes and international swindlers national history as a
heroic saga historians of empire and nation as heroes from the past
personality cults in the culturally divided society the enemy: forging
a supermans biography biography beyond borders: biographies of
cosmopolitan intellectuals and a history of the phenomenon of
cosmopolitanism in the 18th C 20th centuries the migration of
experiences, ideas, and practices across the borders of continental
and colonial empires biography and myth the privatization of social
experience in the personal life story the small man in the
heterogeneous space the biography and prosopography of bureaucratic
cadres in Russian empire, and of party nomenclature in the Soviet
Union the personal dimension of foreign policy.

No. 2/2009 Homo Imperii in Space and Time: Settling and Unsettling
Imperial Spaces

Mappa mundi, homo imperii garden cities a free port or a naval
stronghold humans and temporality in the capital and in the provinces:
a history of imperial cities the rotation of cadres, workforce
migration, and travel a new appointment: governors and administrators
changing workplaces biography as the interpretation of travel Friday,
Saturday, Sunday: when does empire rest? calendars and clocks the many
dimensions of empire: moving in space as traveling in time the
five-stage Marxist historical scheme: the empire of history
constructing the spheres of vital interests in the foreign policy of
Russian empire and Soviet Union conception of individual, social,
generational, and political age membership in a generation.

No. 3/2009 Maison des sciences de lHomme: Human Sciences in the Empire

The history of enlightenment in Russia as a project of normalization
and Europeanization scientific classifications of the population
borrowings and adaptations of the scientific discourses and practices
of nineteenth-century colonial empires as a condition of admittance
into the club of European colonial powers psychology, its subjects and
its objects of study social sciences in imperial context the sciences
of imperial diversity: anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, etc.
museums and exhibitions as imperial Panopticons political human
sciences in empire the humanistic paradigm and the problem of
representation of the modern personality medicine as a language of
studying the individual and society the imperial concept of norm and
deviation scientific foundations of uprising against empire projects
of rational cognition and re-description of empire and its inhabitants
caring for souls: theology on personality and empire.

No. 4/2009 From Homo Imperii to Civitas: Projects of Imagined Imperial

Is civic society possible in empire? Projects of state reform of
imperial population: social engineering from above in empire great
ideologies on small men and their communities underground Russia as an
alternative social network the corporate structure of imperial
society: cooperative, professional, confessional, et al.
self-organization Utopian projects of imperial society political
parties and movements and programs of imperial social reform the
empire of obshchestvennost' in Russia and USSR.

Permanent Sections:

Theory and Methodology * History * Archive * Sociology, Anthropology &
Political Science * ABC: Empire & Nationalism Studies * Newest
Mythologies * Historiography and Book Reviews.

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