Distinguished Lecture of the IMPRS ANARCHIE – Eurasian Theory or Eurasian Discourse: the many faces of Eurasia

Victor Shnirelman
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

How has the image of Eurasia as an entity been interpreted, reinterpreted and contest- ed both in time and space? As a political, religious, and cultural symbol, an image can be instrumentalised to serve the goals of various actors. One idea of Eurasia was rooted in the discourse of the late 19th through the early 20th century and given a political interpretation by Russian émigré intellectuals in the 1920s. Eurasianism was the fi rst at- tempt to develop a scholarly theory that supported the imperial claims of a particular faction within Russian nationalism. From the very beginning this image had two dif- ferent targets: an empire’s integrity was at stake, and, simultaneously, concerns about relationships with Russia’s close neighbors were growing. Rescuing the Russian empire’s integrity was a core component of the Eurasian idea in the 1920s.

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1 November 2017 | 6 p.m. | Main Seminar Room MPI for Social Anthropology | Advokatenweg 36 | 06114 Halle  | www.eth.mpg.de

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