No One Ages in Magadan: The Fate of the Iranian Community in the Soviet Great Terror
The Great Terror in the Soviet Union not only affected hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens but also tens of thousands of foreign political activists as well as non- political migrants sheltering and working on Soviet soil. By analysing life-writing sources of Iranian survivors of Soviet labour camps as well as newly released materials from Russian archives, especially the minutes of prisoner interrogations and transcripts of their trials, this talk aims to present a detailed and nuanced picture of the life and times of the Iranian community in the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s. Furthermore, the talk will examine the question of whether there was an ethnic dimension to the Stalinist purge: specifically, whether Iranians were treated differently than Russians or other non-Russian ethnic groups.
Professor Touraj Atabaki
Touraj Atabaki is Professor in the Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia at the University of Leiden. He also holds the position of Senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam.
His fields of research encompass the Social History of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Labour and Subaltern Studies, Migration and post-Colonial Historiography. Professor Atabaki's numerous publications include Ottoman and Republican Turkish Labour History (London: Cambridge University Press, 2011) [co-edited with Gavin D. Brockett]; Historiography and Political Culture in Twentieth-Century Iran, ed. (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009) and Azerbaijan: Ethnicity and the Struggle for Power in Iran (London: I.B. Tauris, 2000). A detailed account of his academic activities can be found at www.atabaki.nl
Professor Atabaki currently serves as President of the International Society of Iranian Studies and served as President of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS). He is also a member of the academic board of the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) and serves on the editorial board of the following academic journals: International Labour and Working-Class History, International Journal of Iranian Studies, Central Asian Survey, and International Journal of Azerbaijani Studies.