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Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), 
Russian Academy of Sciences 
invites to take part 
in the International Academic Conference 

«Peter the Great and the Imperial Identity of Russia»,
organized in honor of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I and the 300th anniversary of his assuming the title of Father of the Country and Emperor of All Russia.
1–3 November 2021 


 Empire in the world history and its Russian version, personal aspirations of Tsar Peter and the building of the nation, the imperial culture and identity — it is the beginning of the agenda for the forum dedicated to the date of the adoption of the title of Emperor of Russia by the Russian Tsar Peter. The event symbolizes in Russian history the birth of a nation, still relevant both to historical memory and actual identity. A significant part of the story involves the dialogue of peoples of Eurasia from the Baltic to the Pacific Ocean. Unlike the European kingdoms, which viewed the overseas colonies from the outside, Russia while absorbing new lands and peoples, saw them from the inside of common space. In Russia, the abundance of peoples became a challenge for governance, a formula for self-determination, and a ground for science called Völker-Beschreibung, or ethnography. It was 18th century that witnessed the positioning of Russia as multinational Empire. 

At the conference, we plan to discuss the phenomenon of empire and imperial identity on the example of Russia, taking into account its historical, geographical, ethnographic and other features, as well as the significance of the Peter's stage of nation-building for the subsequent self-determination and self-consciousness of Russia. 

Applications for participation in the conference and abstracts (no more than 200 words) are accepted till 1 August 2021 by the email petr@kunstkamera.ru

Conference materials will be published in the academic journals Kunstkamera and Etnografia

The application must include: 

  • Full name of the participant (co-speakers) 
  • Academic degree, position 
  • Place of work 
  • Title of the report 

Please, contact:

Kisser Tatiana Sergeevna (MAE RAS, Russia, St. Petersburg)
Kopaneva Natalia Pavlovna (MAE RAS, Russia, St. Petersburg)