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Andrzej Nowak, ‘Intelligentsia in the Russian Empire’
September 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
What impact did the imperial context have on the intellectual elites of Eastern Europe of the last 200 years? How did the social and intellectual phenomenon of intelligentsia influence the history of the Russian Empire from the end of the eighteenth until the beginning of the twentieth century? Andrzej Nowak will address these old questions with a help of a new model of historical interaction between the imperial center’s counter-elite (the rebellious fraction of “central” intelligentsia) and counter-elites (intelligentsias) of non-Russian peripheries of the empire. This interaction runs parallel to the collaboration of the central and peripheral elites and the assimilation of the latter into the former. His discussion will focus specifically on relations between the Polish intelligentsia and the Russian imperial center throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Nowak is a Polish historian, public intellectual and professor of Eastern European history at Jagiellonian University and at the Institute of History (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw). He served as editor-in-chief of a political-cultural bimonthly ARCANA from 1994 to 2012 and has published more than 20 books, mostly on Eastern European political and intellectual history. He was a visiting professor and lecturer at many universities in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. Nowak is currently the chairman of the Advisory Council of The Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding and a member of the National Development Council, appointed by the Polish president Andrzej Duda.
This event is part of the Carolina Seminar series “Russia and Its Empires, East and West,” which is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Duke Council for European Studies.