CfP: European Innovations, Norms and Models in the Russian Empire

University Paris I Panthéon-SorbonneEuropean Innovations, Norms and Models in the Russian Empire

deadline: April 10, 2014

Research Center for Slavic History, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and Laboratory of Primary Sources Research , Ural Federal University (Russia) in partnership with Lyon Ecole Normale Supérieure (France) invite paper proposals for the conference European Innovations, Norms and Models in the Russian Empire in the 18th – early 20th centuries to be held on November 6-7, 2014, in Lyon, France.

The main objective of the conference will be to examine political, economic, technological and social transfers between Western Europe and the Russian empire in the in the 18th – early 20th centuries, and the effects of these circulations, by resorting to new approaches and new sources.

Contributions on the following topics are welcome:

How did European norms and models influence Russian institutions and system of government, as well as Church-state relations and secularization processes?
How did European innovations and models impact Russian corporations, science, and education, as well as the development of technology and production in the Russian empire?
How did the Russian elites’ way of life and representations evolve under the influence of European models during this period of time?
Reciprocally, another objective of the conference will be to understand to what extent Europeans were influenced by Russian models, norms, and innovations.

The conference will take place on November 6 and 7, 2014, in Lyon. The communications will be given in English or in French, the discussions could be conducted in French, English and Russian.

The proposal (half a page) and a resume (half a page), written in English, will be sent by April 10, 2014, in PDF format and in a single email, to both:

Marie-Pierre Rey ( and Julia Zaparij: (

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