Friday, March 29th, 2019

Introductory Remarks, Abbas Amanat (Yale University)

Luce Hall 202, 12:30-1:00 PM

Panel 1: Astrakhan as Gateway to the Caspian and to Caspian Studies

Luce Hall 202, 2:00-3:30 PM

  1. Marina Imasheva, Kazan Federal University
    Russian-Iranian Trade through the Port of Astrakhan in the Early 19th century
  2. Guido Hausmann, University of Regensburg
    Astrakhan and the Caspian Sea in Russia’s Early Modern Political Geography
  3. Rachel Koroloff, University of Göttingen
    Cultivation of Iranian Plants in Russian State Gardens, 1740s – 1750s

Panel 2: Caspian Studies Beyond the Russo-Iranian Paradigm

Luce Hall 202, 4:00-5:30 PM

  1. Scott Levi, Ohio State University
    Isolation or Integration? The Bukharan Crisis in the 18th Century
  2. Ulfatbek Abdurasulov, Austrian Academy of Sciences
    The Caspian Connection: How to Write Khiva into World History
  3. Emily O’Dell, Yale Law School
    Geographies of the Caspian in the Life & Poetry of Magtymguly Pyragy

 Optional Concert: Uppsala Academic Choir, Battell Chapel, 400 College St., 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 30th, 2019


Panel 3: Building Empires on the Caspian, the Ottomans and Russians

Luce Hall 203, 10:00-11.30 AM

  1. George Bournoutian, Iona College
    Russian Naval Operations in the Caspian Sea (18th and 19th Centuries): An Overview
  2. Murat Yasar, SUNY Oswego
    The Ottomans and the Caspian Sea in the 16th and 17th Centuries
  3. Matthew Romaniello, Weber State University
    My Ink is Not Black Enough: Mungo Graeme, John Elton, and the Russian Company’s Iran Trade

Keynote Speech: “To Set the Caspian Ablaze: The Soviet Union Beyond its Southern Frontiers (1917-1937)” with Touraj Atabaki (International Institute of Social History)

Luce Hall 203, 12:00-1:00 PM

Panel 4: Russian interests in the Southern Caspian from the Late 18th to the Early 20th Century

Luce Hall 203, 2:00-3:30 PM

  1. Elena Andreeva, Virginia Military Institute
    Russian Sources on Mazandaran and Gilan Prior to 1917: An Overview
  2. Kevin Gledhill, Yale University
    Betrayed into the Hands of the Enemy: The 1796 Russian Investigation of the Death of Hedayat-Allah Khan of Gilan
  3. Rustin Zarkar, New York University
    The Customs of Customs: Licit and Illicit Crossings in the Caspian Sea (1864-1917)

Panel 5: The Caspian as Intellectual and Cultural Bridge

Luce Hall 203, 4:00-5:30 PM

  1. Katerina Clark, Yale University
    Velemir Khlebnikov – Revolutionary Thought in Baku and Iran in 1921
  2. Firuza Melville, University of Cambridge
    Works of the Baku Opera Company, pre-1917
  3. Layla Diba, Independent Scholar & Curator
    Border Crossing: Iranian Artists in Czarist Russia and Georgia

Sunday, March 31st, 2019:

Panel 6: State Interests and Revolutionary Movements in the Southern Caspian in the Early 20th Century

Luce Hall 203, 9:30-11:00 AM

  1. Iurii Demin, Irkutsk State University
    Pragmatic Elements of Early Soviet Policy toward Iran
  2. Denis Volkov, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Bringing Democracy into Persia: One Russian Project for the Separation of Iranian Azerbaijan
  3. Kayhan Nejad, Yale University
    The Jangal and Northern Iranian Revolutionary Movements, 1914-1921

Lunchtime plenary session: The Future of Caspian Studies
Luce Hall 203, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM  

Concluding remarks

Luce Hall 203, 12:30-1:00 PM

Optional Event: Nowruz Celebration with Concert by Parhām Haghighi, Luce Hall Auditorium, 4:00 PM