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Situation of Multiple temporalities and Heterogeneous Space]
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Tue Aug 11 13:40:47 EDT 2009
From: Sergey Glebov [mailto:sglebov at smith.edu]
The editors of Ab Imperio invite submissions of manuscripts to the third
and fourth issues of the journal in 2009. These issues continue to
explore the annual program of the journal focused on individual
experiences of imperial space.
Information on manuscript submission can be found at the journal website
at http://abimperio.net <http://abimperio.net>
CALL FOR PAPERS: Ab Imperio in 2009 : Homo Imperii: The Imperial
Situation of Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Space
When Marc Bloch coined his famous definition of history as a science
about humans in time, he anticipated by several decades the
"anthropological turn" in historical studies. The humanistic message of
Bloch's formulation is ambivalent: does it suggest that human beings
change together with the circumstances of "total history," or that they
remain essentially the same throughout different epochs and situations?
Is it really possible to "translate" adequately the life experience of a
representative of a certain epoch in terms of a different time period?
How do "grand narratives" look through the prism of an individual's life
experience? How does one's life perception depend on the different
aspects of the imperial situation that may combine uneven social and
cultural spaces, and elements of different epochs, both archaic and
modern? Can the methods of biographical writing and prosopography be
regarded as an alternative to grand, depersonalized historical
narratives? Writing biography is inconceivable without taking into
consideration time and space as crucial factors, but how does the
specificity of these features affect human life and its perception?
 In the 1950s, this formula ("Science des hommes... dans le temps")
was translated into English in the both old-fashioned and misleading
way: "The science of men... in time", even though in the next sentence
Bloch clarified the meaning of the word: "L'historien ne pense pas
seulement 'humain'" - "think [only] of the human." Cf.: Marc Bloch.
Apologie pour l'histoire ou Metier d'historien. 2e edition. Paris, 1952.
Pp. 4-5; Marc Bloch. The Historian's Craft. New York, 1953. P. 27.
No. 3/2009 "Maison des sciences de l'Homme: Human Sciences in the
The history of enlightenment in Russia as a project of normalization and
Europeanization * scientific classifications of the population *
borrowings and adaptations of the scientific discourses and practices of
nineteenth-century colonial empires as a condition of admittance into
the club of European colonial powers * psychology, its subjects and its
objects of study * social sciences in imperial context * the sciences of
imperial diversity: anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, etc. *
museums and exhibitions as imperial "Panopticons" * political human
sciences in empire * the humanistic paradigm and the problem of
representation of the modern personality * medicine as a language of
studying the individual and society * the imperial concept of norm and
deviation * scientific foundations of uprising against empire * projects
of rational cognition and re-description of empire and its inhabitants *
"caring for souls:" theology on personality and empire.
No. 4/2009 "From Homo Imperii to Civitas: Projects of Imagined Imperial
Is civic society possible in empire? * Projects of state reform of
imperial population: social engineering from above in empire * great
ideologies on "small men" and their communities * "underground Russia"
as an alternative social network * the corporate structure of imperial
society: cooperative, professional, confessional, et al.
self-organization * Utopian projects of imperial society * political
parties and movements and programs of imperial social reform * the
empire of "obshchestvennost'" in Russia and USSR.
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