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No.19, February 2012
The Fift h International Symposium of Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia
“Alliances and Borders in the Making and Unmaking of Regional Powers”

Global COE Program “Reshaping Japan’s Border Studies” Joint International Symposium “Grammaticalization and Lexicalization in the Slavic Languages”
Session Entitled “Eurasianism Past and Present: Views from the East ” Held at the “Third East Asian Conference of Slavic-Eurasian Studies” in Beijing on August 27-28, 2011 Obituary: Prof. Anatoly Viktorovich Remnev
Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program Two Professors Who Left the SRC
Our Current Staff
Ongoing Cooperative Research Projects Visitors from Abroad Guest Lectures from Abroad Publications (2011) The Library

Obituary: Prof. Anatoly Viktorovich Remnev

Prof. Remnev at the 2007 Summer Symposium

Prof. Anatoly Viktorovich Remnev at Omsk State University, who worked as a SRC foreign fellow in 2007?2008, passed away on January 24, 2012, at the age of fifty-six.

Prof. Remnev was a prominent specialist in the history of the Russian Empire, especially Siberia and the Russian Far East. He wrote a number of books in Russian, including Samoderzhavie i Sibir’ (1995, 1997), Rossiia Dal’nego Vostoka (2004), and Samoderzhavnoe pravitel’stvo (2010). He is also known as a coeditor of Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700?1930 (2007), a fundamental volume that gathered works of American, British, and Russian scholars who represent recent trends in the study of the Russian Empire. In 2005, his friends and disciples published a volume of 600 pages, Aziatskaia Rossiia: liudi i struktury imperii, commemorating his fiftieth birthday.

He first visited the SRC in 2003 to participate in a symposium, and stayed here for nine months in 2007?2008. He was a distinguished scholar, and at the same time, a friendly and kind person. He generously shared his knowledge with colleagues and students, having productive discussions and dialogues with them. The SRC Winter Symposium in 2007, “Asiatic Russia: Imperial Power in Regional and International Contexts,” owed much to his ideas and suggestions.

Having earned his degrees under the guidance of Prof. Boris Anan’ich in Leningrad, Anatoly Viktorovich spent his entire professional career at Omsk State University. In Russia, where academic resources are largely concentrated in Moscow and St. Petersburg, he was one of the few historians based in Siberia who played a prominent role in nationwide and worldwide scholarly networks. He used the approaches of both empirical research and discourse analysis, based on rich primary sources, and contributed tremendously to the study of Russia’s imperial geography of power. In recent years, he also studied the history of Kazakhstan, a significant part of which was formerly administered by the Steppe Governor- Generalship in Omsk.

Uyama Tomohiko