Many Voices; Many Shapes: An Empire Re-envisioned

Cultural Event
Event Format
In person
S050 and S030, CGIS South,1730 Cambridge St

Get ready to be inspired by four projects designed to reframe and re-envision tsarist history. Imperiia Project team members - all Harvard graduate students - will delve into how thinking about the many voices, past and present, whose actions, thoughts, needs, and interests, shape the way we practice spatial history. We will share our methods of working with a range of historical materials and our strategies for avoiding the infamous “I built this thing – doesn’t anyone want it?” problem. Presentations will be followed by a sandbox session in which attendees can test the function, design, and yes, even the fun, of Imperiia's work. 

The event will end up with a reception. Please join us to explore and celebrate!  


Maps for People Who Aren’t Sure They Need Maps 

Project focus: 3,500 nineteenth-century topographic maps of modern-day states such as the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Lithuania.  

A Data Dashboard for Enthusiasts of Global History 

Project focus: A dataset of half a million immigrants from the Russian Empire to the United States (1834-1897). 

Stories for Students Who Have Never Heard of Siberia 

Project focus: A hand-painted atlas of Siberia created in 1696. 

Data for Those Who Have Never Heard of Historical Data

Project focus: Interior Ministry statistics describing frozen rivers and raging fires across the Russian Empire in the 1860s. 


The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 617-495-4037 or in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance if possible. Please note that the Davis Center will make every effort to secure services but that services are subject to availability.