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Visiting Fellows 2014-2015

Sergey Glebov, Smith and Amherst Colleges in Massachusetts, USA

“In Search of Russian Modernity: Jakboson, Lévi-Strauss and the Making of Structuralism"
(April - June 2015)

Sergey Glebov is an Assistant Professor of History at Smith and Amherst Colleges in Massachusetts, USA. He received his MA in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and his PhD from Rutgers University. Sergey Glebov is a founding co-editor of Ab Imperio: Studies in Nationalism and New Imperial History in the Post-Soviet Space. His research focuses on the intellectual history of the former Russian Empire and USSR. In particular, he has published on the history of the Eurasianist movement, history of Siberia and Siberian regionalism, and history of describing diversity in imperial Russia. At the core of these studies is the question about how ethnic, cultural, linguistic and social diversity of the imperial state and society impacted Russia's transition to modernity.

Abstract of current research:
At Aleksanteri Institute Sergey Glebov will focus on exploring the vision of a specifically Russian (Eurasian) modernity articulated in the writings of Roman Jakobson in the 1920s - 1930s and the ways in which this vision influenced the rise of structuralism. Glebov is planning to spend the time at the Institute analyzing Jakobson's own writings, his interactions with the participants in the Eurasianist movement, as well as the decades long correspondence between Jakobson and Claude Lévi-Strauss to understand to what extent the "systemic study of Eurasia" of the late 1920s and early 1930s influenced early works of Claude Lévi-Strauss and structuralism at large.

Email: sglebov [at]

Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Sanna Turoma and Saara Ratilainen