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Ivan Sablin, PhD

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Ivan Sablin, PhD

Position

  • Research Group Leader, Department of History, University of Heidelberg

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Email:
ivan.sablin@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de

About Ivan Sablin

Ivan Sablin leads the Research Group “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China and Mongolia, 1905–2005,” sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC) at the University of Heidelberg. His research interests include the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, with special attention to Siberia and the Russian Far East, and global intellectual history. He is the author of two monographs – Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924: Buddhism, Socialism, and Nationalism in State and Autonomy Building (London: Routledge, 2016) and The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Far Eastern Republic, 1905–1922: Nationalisms, Imperialisms, and Regionalisms in and after the Russian Empire (London: Routledge, 2018) – and research articles in Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, Slavic Review, and other journals.

Curriculum vitae

Education

• PhD History, University of Heidelberg (Germany), 2014

Dissertation: “Buryat-Mongol, Buddhist, and Socialist: Transcultural Spaces and Boundary Construction in Post-Imperial Asia, 1917–1923” (magna cum laude)

• MA Global History, University of Heidelberg (Germany), 2011

• MA International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), 2011

• BA International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), 2009

Employment History

• Research Group Leader, European Research Council (ERC) Project “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China, and Mongolia, 1905–2005,” Department of History, University of Heidelberg, April 2018–present

• Senior Research Fellow, Center for Historical Research, Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg (Russia), July 2016–September 2017

• Associate Professor (Docent), Department of History, Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg (Russia), July 2015–June 2016

• Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer), Department of History, Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg (Russia), September 2013–June 2015

• Lecturer (Assistant), Smolny College, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), September 2013– June 2016

• Research Assistant, University of Heidelberg (Germany), November 2010–February 2011

Recent Fellowships

• Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), Visiting Research Fellow, October 2017–March 2018

• Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University (Sweden), Guest Researcher, April–June 2017

• Max Weber Foundation, German Historical Institute Moscow (Russia), Visiting Fellow, March–April 2017

• DFG Mobility Fellowship, Chair of East European History, University of Heidelberg (Germany), Visiting Fellow, January–February 2017

• Kone Foundation, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (Finland), Kone Visiting Fellow, September–December 2016

• Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok (Russia), Visiting Professor, April 2016

Recent Grants

• European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, University of Heidelberg, Research Project “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China, and Mongolia, 1905–2005,” principal investigator, 2018–present

• Russian Humanities Foundation, Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Research Project “Russian-Swedish Border in Ingria in the Seventeenth Century: Historical and Geographical Study” (directed by Adrian Selin), digital humanities advisor, 2015–2017

• Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Research Project “The Indigenous Peoples of Siberia between the Second and the Fourth World,” principal investigator, 2016

• Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, International Research Project “Comparative Historical Studies of Empire and Nationalism” (directed by Ronald G. Suny), associate member, 2014–2016

• Isaac Newton Trust, University of Cambridge, Research Project “Where Rising Powers Meet: China and Russia at Their North Asian Border” (directed by Caroline Humphrey), project team member, 2015

• Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Research and Study Group “Applied GIS in Humanities,” principal investigator, 2015

Selected publications

Books

Sablin, Ivan. The Rise and Fall of Russia's Far Eastern Republic, 1905–1922: Nationalisms, Imperialisms, and Regionalisms in and after the Russian Empire. London: Routledge, 2018, http://doi.org/10.4324/9780429455278 

Sablin, Ivan. Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924: Buddhism, Socialism, and Nationalism in State and Autonomy Building. London: Routledge, 2016, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315667713

Articles/Chapters/Working Papers

Sablin, Ivan. Official Buddhism in Russia’s Politics and Education: Religion, Indigeneity, and Patriotism in Buryatia, Entangled Religions, vol. 5, 2018, pp. 210–249, https://doi.org/10.13154/er.v5.2018.210-249

Sablin, Ivan, and Sukhan, Daniel. Regionalisms and Imperialisms in the Making of the Russian Far East, 1903–1926, Slavic Review, vol. 77, no. 2, pp. 333–357, online: https://doi.org/10.1017/slr.2018.126

Sablin, Ivan, and Semyonov, Alexander. Autonomy and Decentralization in the Global Imperial Crisis: The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union in 1905–1924, Modern Intellectual History, 2018, online: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1479244318000252

Sablin, Ivan; Wolkow, Alexander, und Dobatkina, Darja. Vom Orientalismus zur Transkulturalität: Asien in der klassischen Musik zur Sowjetzeit, in: Hochkultur für das Volk? Literatur, Kunst und Musik in der Sowjetunion aus kulturgeschichtlicher Perspektive, ed. by Igor Narskij. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2018, pp. 159–174, online: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110561302-008

Kukushkin, K. V.; Selin, A. S., and Sablin, I. S. Opyt ispol’zovaniia instrumentariia geoinformatsionnogo podkhoda na primere russko-shvedskoi granitsy, ustanovlennoi po rezul'tatam Stolbovskogo mira 1617 g. [Application of geoinformatical approach to the case of the Russian–Swedish border established after the 1617 Peace Treaty of Stolbovo], Almanakh severoevropeiskikh i baltiiskikh issledovanii, no. 2, 2017, pp. 228–235, online: https://doi.org/10.15393/j103.art.2017.762

Sablin, Ivan. National autonomies in the Far Eastern Republic: Post-imperial diversity management in Pacific Russia, 1920–1922, History and Anthropology, vol. 28, no. 4, 2017, pp. 445–460, online: https://doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2017.1351359

Sablin, Ivan. Democracy in the Russian Far East during the Revolution of 1905–1907, Russian History, vol. 44, no. 2–3, 2017, pp. 449–475, online: https://doi.org/10.1163/18763316-04402017

Sablin, I. V.; Boliachevets, L. S.; and Budatsyrenova, S. B. Buriat-Mongoliia onlain i oflain: sovremennaia literatura i istoricheskaia pamiat’ [Buryat-Mongolia online and offline: Contemporary literature and historical memory], Neprikosnovennyi zapas: Debaty o politike i kul’ture, no. 2(112), 2017, pp. 83–97.

Sablin, Ivan, and Kuchinsky, Alexander. Making the Korean nation in the Russian Far East, 1863–1926, Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, 2017, online: https://doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2017.1308347

Sablin I. V., and Korobeynikov, A. S. Dosovetskii avtonomizm v Sibiri i Tsentral’noi Azii: Buriat-Mongoliia i Alash v kontekste imperskogo krizisa [Pre-Soviet autonomism in Siberia and Central Asia: Buryat-Mongolia and Alash in the context of imperial crisis], Vostok: Afro-Aziatskie obshchestva: istoriia i sovremennost’, no. 2, 2017, pp. 49–61.

Selin, Adrian; Kukushkin, Kuzma; Sablin, Ivan, and Kocheryagina, Elena. Regimes of the Russian–Swedish border in the Novgorod Lands, Higher School of Economics Research Paper WP BRP 149/HUM/2017, online: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2967297

Sablin, Ivan. Making Baikal Russian: Imperial politics at the Russian-Qing border, Europe-Asia Studies, 2017, online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2017.1311299

Sablin, Ivan. Nationalist mobilization in the Russian Far East during the closing phase of the Civil War, Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University: History, vol. 62, no. 1, 2017, pp. 18–25, online: https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu02.2017.102

Sablin, Ivan. Towards the first Far Eastern Republic: Regionalism, socialism, and nationalism in Pacific Russia, 1905–1918, Higher School of Economics Research Paper WP BRP 142/HUM/2017, online: dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2916055

Boliachevets, Lilia, and Sablin, Ivan. The Second or the Fourth World: Critique of Communism and colonialism in contemporary North Asian literature, Ab Imperio, no. 2, 2016, pp. 385–425, online: https://doi.org/10.1353/imp.2016.0038

Sablin, Ivan. L’autonomia Buriato-Mongola e la decolonizzazione in Asia, 1917–1923, Sulla via del Catai: Rivista semestrale sulle relazioni culturali tra Europa e Cina, vol. 9, no. 14 (special issue Ad Tartaros: I mongoli tra Oriente ed Occidente, ed. by Davor Antonucci), 2016, pp. 145–153.

Sablin, Ivan, and Korobeynikov, Alexander. Buryat-Mongol and Alash autonomous movements before the Soviets, 1905–1917, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, vol. 12, no. 3, 2016, pp. 211–223, online: https://doi.org/10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.3.1

Sablin, Ivan, and Savelyeva, Maria. Interspatial gender asymmetries in early Soviet Siberia, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, vol. 22, no. 6, 2015, pp. 801–816, online: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2014.917274

Sablin, I. V. «Vil’sonovskii moment» na Vostochnom fronte: voina, natsionalizm i buddizm v Sibiri i Mongolii [The Wilsonian Moment at the Eastern Front: War, nationalism, and Buddhism in Siberia and Mongolia], in: Pervaia mirovaia voina v «vostochnom izmerenii» [The First World War in its Eastern Dimension], ed. by T. A. Filippova, Moscow: Institut vostokovedeniia RAN, 2014, pp. 135–155.

Sablin Ivan. Rearrangement of indigenous spaces: Sovietization of the Chauchus and Ankalyns, 1931–1945, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 16, no. 4, 2014, pp. 531–550, online: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2013.852374  

Sablin, Ivan. Buryat, Mongol and Buddhist: Multiple identities and disentanglement projects in the Baikal region, 1917–1919, Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, vol. 23, no. 3, 2013, pp. 17–36.

Sablin, I. V. Transkul’turnye prostranstva i konstruirovanie granits v Baikal’skom regione: geoinformatsionnyi analiz perioda 1917–1923 gg. [Transcultural spaces and boundary construction in the Baikal region: geoinformation analysis, 1917–1923], Tartaria Magna, no. 1, 2013, pp. 12–69.

Sablin, I. V. Istoricheskaia geoinformatika: ot vizualizatsii k postreprezentativnomu analizu [Historical GIS from visualization to post-representational analysis], Istoricheskaia informatika: Informatsionnye tekhnologii i matematicheskiye metody v istoricheskikh issledovaniiakh i obrazovanii, no. 1, 2013, pp. 10–16, online: http://kleio.asu.ru/2013/1/hcsj-12013_10-16.pdf

Sablin, I. V. Gosudarstvennaia i lokal’naia identifikatsiia korennykh narodov Chukotki v kontekste sovetizatsii, 1919–1945 gg. [National and local identity of Chukotka's indigenous peoples in the context of Sovietization], in: Konstruiruia «sovetskoe»? Politicheskoe soznanie, povsednevnye praktiki, novye identichnosti: materialy nauchnoi konferentsii studentov i aspirantov (19–20 aprelia 2013 goda, Sankt-Peterburg) [Constructing the “Soviet”? Political consciousness, everyday practices, new identities: Materials of the undergraduate and graduate student conference (April 19–20, 2012, Saint Petersburg)]. Saint Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Evropeiskogo universiteta v Sankt-Peterburge, 2013, pp. 110–116.

Sablin, Ivan. Transcultural interactions and elites in late pre-Soviet and early Soviet Chukotka, 1900–1931, Social Evolution & History, vol. 12, no. 1, 2013, pp. 115–148, online: http://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=18902155      

Sablin, Ivan. Transcultural Chukotka: Transfer and exchange in northeastern Asia, 1900–1945, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, vol. 39, no. 2, 2012, pp. 219–248, online: https://doi.org/10.1163/18763324-03902005

Sablin, Ivan. Written oral history: Dimensions of identity of Chukotka’s indigenous people in the works of Rytkheu, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, vol. 8, no. 1, 2012, pp. 27–41, online: https://doi.org/10.1177/117718011200800103  

Sablin, I. V. Kitai-Indiia: Ekologicheskii srez [China and India: An environmental review], Aziia i Afrika segodnia, no. 11, 2011, pp. 14–19, online: http://dlib.eastview.com/browse/doc/26427565   

Sablin, I. V. Mezhdunarodnye aspekty ekologicheskoi politiki Indii i Kitaia [International aspects of India’s and China’s environmental policies], Vek globalizatsii, no. 2 (8), 2011, pp. 126–139, online: http://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=16950550   

Sablin, I. V. Otrazhenie ekologicheskoi politiki Indii i Kitaya v nauchnom i obshchestvenno-politicheskom diskurse [Reflexions of Indian and Chinese environmental policies in scientific and socio-political discourse], Terra Humana: Obshchestvo, Sreda, Razvitie, no. 3, 2011, pp. 204–208, online: http://www.terrahumana.ru/arhiv/11_03/11_03_41.pdf     

Sablin, Ivan, and Maria Savelyeva. Mapping indigenous Siberia: Spatial changes and ethnic realities, 1900–2010, Settler Colonial Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, 2011, pp. 77–110, online: https://doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2011.10648802 

Sablin, Ivan. Verstädterung im amerikanischen Westen, 1849–1890, Magazin für Amerikanistik, Nr. 4, 2010, S. 48–52; Nr. 3, 2010, S. 52–58; Nr. 2, 2010, S. 45–51.

Databases

Sablin, Ivan; Kuchinskiy, Aleksandr; Korobeinikov, Aleksandr; Mikhaylov, Sergey; Kudinov, Oleg; Kitaeva, Yana; Aleksandrov, Pavel, and Zimina, Maria. Transcultural empire: Geographic information system of the 1897 and 1926 general censuses in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. Heidelberg: HeiDATA: Heidelberg Research Data Repository, 2015, online: http://dx.doi.org/10.11588/data/10064  

Book Reviews

Sablin, Ivan. Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism by Anya Bernstein (Review), Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 24, no. 3, 2018, pp. 621–622.

Sablin, Ivan. Russia and Its Northeast Asian Neighbors: China, Japan, and Korea, 1858–1945 ed. by Kimitaka Matsuzato (Review), Ab Imperio, no. 1, 2018, pp. 345–350.

Sablin, Ivan. A History for the Centenary of the Russian Revolution (Review of Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by S. A. Smith), Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University: History, vol. 62, no. 3, 2017, pp. 638–644.

Sablin, Ivan. The “Russian” Civil Wars, 1916–1926: Ten Years That Shook the World by Jonathan D. Smele (Review), Ab Imperio, no. 1, 2017, pp. 402–406.

Selected presentations

A Russia of Regions: North Asian Regionalisms in the Imperial Transformation, 1905–1937, Conference “Political Transitions and Federal Projects (Late 18th – Early 21st Centuries), American University of Paris, Sciences Po, Paris, May 24–25, 2018.

Buddhism as a “Traditional Religion” of Russia: Diversity Management and Desecularization in Law and Public Education, Workshop “Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia,” Ruhr University Bochum, March 9–10, 2018.

A Settler Revolution: Post-Imperial Citizenship in the Russian Far East, The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 49th Annual Convention, Chicago, November 9–12, 2017.

A Revolution for Asia: Koreans and Buryat-Mongols between the Russian Imperial Revolution and the Soviet New Imperialism, 1917–1926, International Conference “The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution: Setting the East Ablaze?” Yale–National University of Singapore College, Singapore, November 16–17, 2017.

Towards a Non-Ethnic Soviet Federation: Bolshevik Regionalism in the Russian Far East, 1917–1926, Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies “The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later,” University of Tartu, Estonia, June 4–6, 2017.

Alternative Russia: Socialist Coalitions and Democracy in the Russian Far East, 1920–1922, Beyond 1917: Socialism, Power, and Social Change in Global Perspective, University of Oxford, May 13–14, 2017.

Discussing Democracy: Ideas, Institutions, and Practices in North and East Asia, 1905–1917, Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminar, University of Helsinki, December 8, 2016.

Dismantling Russian Democracy: Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Restoration in the Far East, 1921–1922, The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 48th Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 17–20, 2016.

North Asia between the Second and the Fourth World: Indigenous Writers on the Soviet State and North America (with Lilia Boliachevets), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), University of Virginia, November 16, 2016.

Buddhist Internationalism and the Soviets in Post-Colonial Asia, The 17th Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Annual Conference, Princeton University, November 3–6, 2016.

Diversity Management and the Russian Empire: Autonomy and Decentralization in the Global Imperial Crisis, 1905–1924 (with Alexander Semyonov), Conference “Law, Empire, and Global Intellectual History,” University of Heidelberg, Germany, June 19–21, 2016.

Soviet and Buddhist: Religious Diplomacy, Dissidence, and the Atheist State, 1945–1991, Bordering Religions in (Post-)Cold War Worlds, Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 16–18, 2016.

The Second or the Fourth World: Critique of Communism and Colonialism in Contemporary North Asian Literatures (with Lilia Boliachevets), Princeton Conjunction Annual Interdisciplinary Conference “Imperial Reverb: Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism,” Princeton University, May 13–15, 2016.

Illusive Tolerance: Buddhism in the Late Soviet State, Conference “Human Rights after 1945 in the Socialist and Post-Socialist World,” German Historical Institute, Warsaw, Poland, March 3–5, 2016.

Pacific Russia after Empire: The Far Eastern Republic and Transnational Governance, The 130th American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 7–10, 2016.

Mapping Ambiguity: Interpretation as a Parameter in GIS, Workshop “Scientific Computing and Computational Humanities,” University of Heidelberg, Germany, November 23, 2015.

Politics in the Composite Space of Empire: Nationality, Locality and Supranational Identities in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union (roundtable with Ronald Suny, Jeremy Smith, and Alexander Semyonov), The IX International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, August 3–8, 2015.

Post-Imperial Autonomism and Federalism in Siberia and Mongolia, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference (BASEES), University of Cambridge, UK, March 28–30, 2015.

Multidimensional Borderland: (Post-)Imperial Spaces of the Baikal Region, 1911–1924, International Conference “Emergent Trends on the China–Russia Border,” University of Cambridge, UK, March 16–17, 2015.

Buryat-Mongol Regions in Soviet Russia and the Far Eastern Republic, 1920–1922, Workshop “The Hulunbuir and Transbaikalia Playground: Microphysics of Power on the Sino-Russian Border,” Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, January 29–30, 2015.

Transcultural Printing in Imperial and Soviet Siberia, International Workshop “The Global History of the Book (1780 to the present),” University of Oxford, UK, December 4–5, 2014.

After Empire: National and Transnational Projects in Siberia and Mongolia, EAST Seminar, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 30, 2014.

Siberian Intellectuals and Mongol Nationalism in Post-Imperial Asia, 1911–1924, Fourth European Congress on World and Global History, École normale supérieure, Paris, France, September 4–7, 2014.

Siberian Indigenous Socialist Revolutionaries and Nationalists in State and Autonomy Building, 1911–1924, International Conference “Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia,” Ulaanbaatar University, Mongolia, August 7–9, 2014.

Siberian and Mongolian Socialists, Buddhists and Nationalists in Post-Imperial Boundary Construction, 1905–1937, The Inaugural Conference for the Imperial and Global History Network “Networks in Imperial and Global History,” University of Exeter, UK, June 19–20, 2014.

The Battleground of Nationalisms: Disentangling Eurasian Empires at the Siberian Front, International Scholarly Conference “Russia in the First World War,” Higher School of Economics, Moscow, June 3–5, 2014.

Graphic Representations of Space during the Russo-Japanese Rivalries, 1904–1922, The 4th International Conference “Visualizing Asia in the Modern World,” Yale University, May 10–11, 2013.

Gosudarstvennaia i lokal’naia identifikatsiia korennykh narodov Chukotki v kontekste sovetizatsii, 1919–1945 gg. [National and local identity of Chukotka's indigenous peoples in the context of Sovietization], Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conference “Konstruiruia «sovetskoe»? Politicheskoe soznanie, povsednevnye praktiki, novye identichnosti,” European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia, April 19–20, 2013.

Geoinformatsionnyi analiz konstruirovaniia granits v Baikal’skom regione, 1917–1923 [GIS Analysis of Boundary Construction in the Baikal Region, 1917–1923], The 20th International Student, Postgraduate and Young Scientist Conference “Lomonosov”, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, April 8–12, 2013 (Best Paper in Historical Informatics Award).

Buryat, Buddhist and Socialist: Conflicting Identities and Disentanglement Projects in the Baikal Region, 1917–1923, International Conference “Identity and the Nation in 20th Century Asia,” Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, July 20–21, 2012.

Re-entangling Social Spaces of the Baikal Region: Multidimensional Identities in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century, Workshop “Space and Social Relations in Historical Perspective,” University of Edinburgh, UK, June 7, 2012.

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