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Svetlana Gorshenina is an historian, art historian, historiographer and specialist on Central Asia, mainly involved in the history of Turkestan of the nineteenth to the early twentieth century and the early years of Soviet rule in the region. Svetlana Gorshenina has been a researcher at the Institute of Fine Arts and Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, and at the University of Tashkent. Later she has worked as a researcher and/or lecturer at the Collège de France (Frantz Grenet’s Departement, Paris), the École normale supérieure – ENS (“Hellenisms of Asia and Oriental Civilisations”, Paris), the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences – EHESS (Paris) and the University of Lausanne and University of Manchester (grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation). She was also Director of the “Central Asia Programme” of the Réseau Asie-IMASIE (Asia-IMASIE Network). She has curated several exhibitions of nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs and the history of Central Asian archaeology, and co-founded the international Alert Heritage Observatory.

affiliation and current position

Research Professor (Directrice de recherche), EUR’ORBEM (CNRS – CNRS/Sorbonne Université, UMR 8224, Paris)


(5-7) keywords of your research fields. Cultural History of Turkestan, History of archaeology, epistemology, visual history of Central Asia, orientalism

works/publications on Central Asia

Svetlana Gorshenina, L’invention de l’Asie centrale : Histoire du concept de la Tartarie à l’Eurasie, coll. “Rayon Histoire” (nº 4). Geneva: Droz, 2014.

Svetlana Gorshenina, Asie centrale. L’invention des frontières et l’héritage russo-soviétique, Paris: CNRS-Éditions, 2012.

Svetlana Gorshenina, Philippe Bornet, Michel Fuchs et Claude Rapin (éd.), “Masters” and “Natives”: Digging the Others’ Past, Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, Serie: Welten Süd- und Zentralasiens / Worlds of South and Inner Asia / Mondes de l’Asie du Sud et de l’Asie Centrale, 2019.

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