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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

At the Edge of the Nation: The Southern Kurils and the Search for Russia’s National Identity

Lecture | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Paul Richardson, Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


This paper takes up the issue of the remote and beguiling Southern Kuril Islands in order to explore divergent and contradictory ideas, convictions, and beliefs on what constitutes “national” identity in post-Soviet Russia. These islands – which are administered by Russia but claimed by Japan – present us with unique insights into the ways in which competing territorial visions of the nation are...   More >