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drs. H.E. (Hanna) Jansen

research fellow East European Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
Photographer: Eigen foto

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Current Research

    In my research I trace the development of academic orientology in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, focusing on the prestigious academic Institute for Oriental Studies (IVAN) in Moscow. I take the period of post-Stalinist thaw as a starting point, I show how this field of knowledge was activated for socialist struggle in the decolonizing world. Rather than viewing Soviet practices of knowledge production through a Cold War lense of superpower confrontation I aim to highlight the "Asian" dimension in this process, showing how Central Asian intermediaries embraced the international institutional infrastructure facilitating academic exchange and cooperation with the outside world as a platform where a particular "Asian" agenda of emancipation and internationalism could be advanced too.  
    Research for this thesis was conducted in the framework of the NWO-researchproject “The Legacy of Soviet Oriental Studies: Networks, Institutions, Discourses”, supervised by Michael Kemper (UvA) & Stéphane Dudoignon (l’École des hautes Études en Science Sociales, Paris). 

  • Publications


    • Jansen, H. E. (Accepted/In press). Internationalizing the thaw: Soviet orientalists and the contested politics of spiritual peoples' solidarity in Asia 1954-1959. In J. Mark, S. Marung, & A. Kalinovsky (Eds.), Alternative Globalizations: Eastern Europe and the Postcolonial World Bloomington: Indiana University Press.




    • Jansen, H. (2015). Negotiating Russian Imperial Aryanism: Soviet Oriental Studies in the Cold War. In J. James, & E. Leake (Eds.), Decolonization and the Cold War: Negotiating Independence (pp. 145-166). (New Approaches to International History). London: Bloomsbury Academic. [details]


    • Jansen, H. E. (2019). Khrushchev's "Break to the East," Sino-Soviet Conflicts, and the Regionalization of Soviet Oriental Studies. In T. Loschke, K. Naumann, M. Middle, & S. Marung (Eds.), In search of other worlds: Essays towards a global historical reading of area studies (Global History and International Studies; Vol. 13). Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.


    • Jansen, H. E., & Kemper, M. (2011). Hijacking Islam: the search for a new Soviet interpretation of political Islam in 1980. In M. Kemper, & S. Conermann (Eds.), The heritage of Soviet Oriental studies (pp. 124-144). (Routledge contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe series; No. 25). London: Routledge. [details]


    • Jansen, H. E. (organiser), Noordegraaf, J. J. (organiser), Rasterhoff, C. (organiser) & Nijboer, H. T. (organiser) (27-10-2016). THATCamp, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Duindam, D. (participant), Camphuijsen, F. W. G. W. (organiser) & Jansen, H. E. (organiser) (7-5-2013). Heritage and Memory of Conflict | PhD Workshop, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Heritage and Memory of Conflict | PhD Workshop (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Jansen, H. E. (2020). Peoples’ internationalism: Central Asian modernisers, Soviet Oriental studies and cultural revolution in the East (1936-1977). [details]
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