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“The National Republics of Russia’s Southwest: Dagestan and Kalmykia Compared” with Dr Edward Holland and Dr Elvira Churyumova – Friday, 15 January, 19:00

Friday 15 January, 2021, 19:00 - 20:30

The Sulakskiy Canyon, Dagestan and the Single Poplar Tree, Kalmykia

Far from the Orthodox Cathedrals of Moscow and Russia’s heartland, in the country’s southwest, are two neighbouring regions where other religious traditions predominate. The republic of Dagestan, in Russia’s North Caucasus, is a diverse place where Islam has been practised for more than a millennium. Just to Dagestan’s north is the Buddhist-practising republic of Kalmykia. This presentation contrasts these two places, drawing on their differences but also noting similarities between the two: history, religious identity, the challenges of minority status, peripherality, and economic underdevelopment. Dagestan, with its mountainous and piedmont regions, is characterised by contrasts–urban vs. rural, modern vs. traditional, Russian vs. non-Russian. Kalmykia’s fraught history–including deportation during World War II and forced sedentarisation during the early Soviet period–mark it as a region that the Russian state has tried to integrate, at times forcefully, into its institutions and structure.

WHEN: Friday, 15 January 2021, 19:00 (GMT)

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About the speakers

Edward C. Holland is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After completing his degree, Edward was a Title VIII Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. From 2013 to 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Miami University. He was a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Elvira Churyumova has a BA degree in History from Kalmyk State University, a PhD in Political Sciences from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and an MSc degree in Migration Studies from Oxford University. From 2014-2018 she was a Research Associate with the Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project at Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge. In 2018-2019 she worked on the project on Kalmyk refugees in Interwar Europe at the University of Arkansas with Dr Holland. She is currently an affiliated researcher at the Mongolia and Inner Studies Unit of the University of Cambridge.


Friday 15 January, 2021
19:00 - 20:30
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