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Introduction: Transnationalizing Russian Studies

Byford, Andy; Doak, Connor; Hutchings, Stephen

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Connor Doak

Stephen Hutchings


Connor Doak

Stephen Hutchings


This is the introduction to the volume Transnational Russian Studies (Liverpool University Press, 2019), edited by A. Byford, C. Doak and S. Hutchings. In it, the authors argue for an approach to research and teaching in Russian Studies that is based on a transnational conception of Russia's language, culture, and history. ‘Russia’ and ‘Russianness’ are discussed not as static or unitary entities confined within national borders, but as shifting and dynamic concepts that are perpetually in flux as Russia engages with the wider world. The transnational lens allows us to explore Russia’s distinctive history of nation-making, empire-building and diasporization and at the same time lets us reconsider how that history has shaped the critical paradigms in the field of Russian Studies. Ultimately, the piece suggests not only ways in which the transnational paradigm illuminates Russian Studies, but also how Russian Studies can speak to the paradigm of the transnational.


Byford, A., Doak, C., & Hutchings, S. (2019). Introduction: Transnationalizing Russian Studies. In A. Byford, C. Doak, & S. Hutchings (Eds.), Transnational Russian studies (1-34). Liverpool University Press.

Acceptance Date Apr 10, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2020
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2020
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Pages 1-34
Series Title Transnational modern languages
Book Title Transnational Russian studies.
ISBN 9781789620870


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