Exploring the own West. Pilgrimage and travel in the Russian Empire in the 19th century

We warmly invite you to our fifth URIS-Workshop on the topic of travelling in the Russian Empire, which will be held at the University of Basel, on Monday, 20 May 2019, from 2.00-6.00 pm.

Thanks to the development of modern infrastructure and other factors of socio-political change, geographical mobility in the Russian Empire intensified in the second half of the 19th century. An increasing number of travellers, pilgrims and tourists started exploring the own country. To which extent did travel in Russia differ from that in Western Europe? Did mobility facilitate the spatial integration of the polyethnic empire? Or did the encounter with “the Other” enhance feelings of regional and/or  national belonging?

After a keynote lecture by the distinguished Professor Dr. Christine D. Worobec (Northern Illinois University), we will have a roundtable discussion with experts on the question of travelling and travelogues. Join the talk with our URIS-fellow Dr Kateryna Dysa, the professor for Eastern European History Dr F. Benjamin Schenk and the professor of Slavic Languages and Literature Dr. Anna Hodel Laszlo.

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