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Oleksandr Polianichev

Oleksandr Polianichev No permanent affiliation
Engaging with the Empire: Colonial Uncertainties and the Imperial Rule in the North-West Caucasus, 1792-1870s
Gerda Henkel Fellowships

Dr. Oleksandr Polianichev specializes in the history of the Russian Empire, with a particular focus on the Caucasus and Ukraine. His broader research interests lie in issues of imperialism and colonialism. He holds a PhD degree in history from the European University Institute in Florence (2017), where he conducted research as part of a joint “Wider European Doctorate” program with the European University at St. Petersburg. During his doctoral and postdoctoral studies, he received fellowships at the German Historical Institute in Moscow (2014, 2017), the Herder Institute in Marburg (2016), the New Europe College in Bucharest (2016-2017), the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig (2017-2018, in the framework of Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe—Global Area”) and the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz (2018). His dissertation, “Rediscovering Zaporozhians: Memory, Loyalties, and Politics in Late Imperial Kuban, 1880-1914,” examined the capacity of historical imagination to affect various spheres of social interaction and policy-making in a settler-colonial context.

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