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Aleksandr Korobeinikov


Osteuropa-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin

Geschichte Ost- und Ostmitteleuropas

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Osteuropa-Institut FU Berlin
Garystraße 55
Raum 115
14195 Berlin

Gefördert durch die Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung. 

04.2022–ongoing doctoral mentor for the certificate program Invisible University for Ukraine (IUFU), Central European University in Vienna and Budapest
01.2022–04.2022 teaching assistant for Prof. Karl Hall at the Central European University in Vienna
09.2019–ongoing doctoral student at the Central European University in Budapest/Vienna, Department of History

teaching assistant for Prof. Nadia Al-Bagdadi and Prof. Balázs Trencsényi at the Central European University in Budapest

09.2017–07.2019 received master’s degree in comparative history at the Central European University in Budapest
12.2017–07.2018 research assistant at the Department of History, Central European University in Budapest
09.2013–07.2017 received a bachelor’s degree in history

History of the Russian Empire and the USSR; New Imperial History; Intellectual History; Comparative History of Empires and Nationalism; Environmental History; Cultural History of Resources; Indigenous People of Siberia; History of Siberia; Siberian Regionalism; Federalism and Autonomism; Imperial Transformations; Questions of Postimperial Order.

My doctoral research project, titled “From the Land of Exile to the Land of the Future: Empires, Intellectuals, and Natural Resources in Yakutia, 1894–1930,” is devoted to various logics of discovery, description, attribution, and use of natural resources of the Yakut region during the late imperial, postimperial, and early Soviet transformations of the Northern Eurasian space of multiethnic and transcultural cooperation. A key aspect of my research revolves around the role played by local Sakha intellectuals, who sought to represent the interests of Sakha and other ethnic groups in the region within the framework of late imperial and early Soviet political realities. Collaborating closely with imperial geographers, ethnographers, and geologists, Sakha intellectuals gained scientific insights into the Yakut region and its natural resources. With the establishment of the Soviet regime, the authorities aimed to identify resources to fuel industrialization efforts. Despite gaining autonomy status by 1922, the Yakut region remained largely unexplored in terms of its industrial potential. The discovery of gold deposits in the south of the Yakut Republic in 1924 motivated Sakha intellectuals to initiate the Systematic Expedition to Study the Productive Forces of the Yakut ASSR from 1925 to 1930. This expedition aimed to scientifically investigate the resource opportunities in the region. However, geographical isolation, infrastructure challenges, and climatic conditions limited the full utilization of the region’s resource potential. In response, the Soviet authorities demanded increased knowledge production about the Yakut region from intellectuals and experts. However, the so-called “Great break” that occurred in 1929 drastically altered the region’s role and the status of its leading Sakha intellectuals. These intellectuals were removed from their administrative positions and eventually subjected to repression, including execution, during Stalin’s regime.

Online publications
Book reviews


Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Yakut Autonomy: The Postimperial Political Projects of the Sakha Intellectuals, 1905–1922,” European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire (2023).

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, Antonov Egor, “Toward a Postimperial Order? The Sakha Intellectuals and the Revolutionary Transformations in Late Imperial Russia, 1905–1917,” Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies 20, no. 2 (2021): 27–59.

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Yakutskaya Avtonomiya: Postimperskie Politicheskie Proekty Yakutskoi Intelligentsii, 1905–1922,” Ab Imperio 18, no. 4 (2017): 77–118.

Sablin Ivan, Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Dosovetskiy avtonomizm v Sibiri i Tsentral’noy Azii: Buryat-Mongoliya i Alash v kontekste imperskogo krizisa,” Vostok. Afro-Aziatskie obshchestva: istoriya i sovremennost’, no. 2 (2017): 49–61.

Sablin Ivan, Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Buryat-Mongol and Alash Autonomous Movements before the Soviets, 1905–1917,” AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 12, no. 3 (2016): 211–223.

Online publications:

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Non-Russian Intellectuals of Siberia: Regionalism & the Transformation of the Russian Empire,” Peripheral Histories? December 2021.

Book reviews

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Mandelstam Balzer, Marjorie. Galvanizing Nostalgia? Indigeneity and Sovereignty in Siberia,” Europe-Asia Studies (2023), in print.

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Arend, Jan, ed. Science and Empire in Eastern Europe: Imperial Russia and the Habsburg Monarchy in the 19th Century,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (2023), in print.

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Rampton, Vanessa. Liberal Ideas in Tsarist Russia: From Catherine the Great to the Russian Revolution,” Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes (2023).

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Chu, Pey-Yi. The Life of Permafrost: A History of Frozen Earth in Russian and Soviet Science,” Ab Imperio 23, no. 3 (2022), 350–355.

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Breyfogle, Nicholas, ed. Eurasian Environments. Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History,” Europe-Asia Studies 72, no. 5 (2020): 921–923.

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “A.S. Zuev, P.S. Ignatkin, V.A. Slugina. Pod sen’ dvuglavogo orla: inkorporatsiia narodov Sibiri v Rossiiskoe gosudarstvo v kontse XVI–nachale XVIII v.,” Ab Imperio 20, no. 4 (2019): 167–174.

Korobeinikov Aleksandr, “Engelstein, Laura. Russia in Flames. War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914–1921,” Europe-Asia Studies 71, no. 9 (2019): 1615–1616.

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