Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen









Dr. Stefan B. Kirmse

Kurzvita | Forschung | Publikationen | Lehrtätigkeit


Kurzvita nach oben


Abitur an der Marienschule der Ursulinen, Bielefeld

1997 - 2001

Universität von Dublin, Trinity College
B.A. in European Studies
Schwerpunkte: Russische und sowjetische Geschichte, Soziologie, Theorie des Nationalismus und (Post-) Kolonialismus, Geschichte Zentralasiens, Islamstudien


Gorky Institut, Moskau (Auslandsjahr; Teil des Bachelorstudiums)
Schwerpunkte: Russische Politik und Geschichte; Geschichte des Kaukasus, Tschetschenienkonflikt

2001 - 2003

St Antony's College, Universität Oxford
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Russian and East European Studies
(Kursinhalte: russische und sowjetische Geschichte; sowjetisches Mittelasien und Islam)
Thema der Masterarbeit: Islamischer Radikalismus in Zentralasien, mit Auszeichnung bestanden

2003 - 2009

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Universität London, Promotion (PhD) in Development Studies
Titel der Doktorarbeit: "Youth in post-Soviet Central Asia: Transition, Globalization and Youth Culture in the Ferghana Valley"

2008 - 2012

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Sonderforschungsbereich 640, verantwortlich für die Vergleichseinheit Russland im Teilprojekt "Zeremonielle Pädagogik"

2012 - 2013

Rechtskulturen-Fellow am Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin

2013 - 2015

Wissenschaftlicher Koordinator des Sonderforschungsbereiches 640, von Mai 2014 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Koordinator des Projektes „ Diktaturen als alternative Ordnungen“, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

November 2015 - Februar 2016

Foreign Visitor Fellow at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo/Japan

Seit März 2016

Forschungskoordinator am Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)


Forschung nach oben

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Publikationen nach oben

Monographien und herausgegebene Schriften (Auswahl)

Youth and Globalization in Central Asia: Everyday Life between Religion, Media, and International Donors. Campus, Frankfurt und New York 2013.

(Hg.) One Law for All? Western models and local practices in (post-)imperial contexts. Campus, Frankfurt und New York 2012.

(Hg.) Youth in the former Soviet South: everyday lives between experimentation and regulation. Routledge, London 2011.


Artikel (Auswahl)

Youth in the Post-Soviet Space: Is the Central Asian Case Really so Different? in: Matthias Schwartz und Heike Winkel (Hrsg.) Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context. Basingstoke and New York 2016, S. 335-360.

The SRC’s 60th Anniversary at a Time of Great Challenges for Russian-Eurasian Studies, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center News, Annual Newsletter of the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, No. 23 (March 2016), 15-17.

Sleepy Side Alleys, Dead Ends, and the Perpetuation of Eurocentrism - Review Essay on The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, in: European Journal of International Law 25:1 (2014), 307-311.

Law and Interethnic Relations in the Russian Empire: The Tatar Riots of 1878 and their Judicial Aftermath, in: Ab Imperio 2013/4: S. 49-77.

Law and Empire in Late Tsarist Russia. Muslim Tatars Go to Court, in: Slavic Review 72:4 (Winter 2013), S. 778-801.

Am Rande mittendrin: Globalisierte Jugend in Zentralasien, in: Osteuropa 63: 11-12 (November 2013), S. 197-208.

New Courts in Late Tsarist Russia. On Imperial Representation and Muslim Participation, in: Journal of Modern European History 11:2 (2013), S. 243-263.

"Law and Society" in Imperial Russia, InterDisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology 3:2 (Sonderausgabe zu "Law and Historiography: Contributions to a New Cultural History of Law", 2012): 103-134.

Dealing with Crime in Late Tsarist Russia: Muslim Tatars and the Imperial Legal System, in: Stefan B. Kirmse (ed.) One Law for All? Western Models and Local Practices in (Post-) Imperial Contexts, Campus, Frankfurt und New York 2012.

'Nested Globalization' in Osh, Kyrgyzstan: Urban Youth Culture in a 'Southern' City, in T. Darieva, W. Kaschuba and M. Krebs (eds.) Urban Spaces after Socialism. Ethnographies of Public Places in Eurasian Cities, Campus, Frankfurt und New York 2011, 283-305.

In the marketplace for styles and identities: globalization and youth culture in southern Kyrgyzstan, in: Central Asian Survey 29:4 (2010), S. 389-403.

Bridging the gap: the concept of 'youth' and the study of Central Asia and the Caucasus, in: Central Asian Survey 29:4 (2010), S. 381-387.

Leisure, business and fantasy worlds: exploring donor-funded "youth spaces" in southern Kyrgyzstan, in: Central Asian Survey 28:3 (2009), S. 289-301.

Boiling Over, in: Oxford Forum 2005:2.



Buchrezension zu Belge, Boris und Deuerlein, Martin (Hrsg.) Goldenes Zeitalter der Stagnation? Tübingen 2014 (2016).

Buchrezension zu Lohr, Eric. Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union (Cambridge, MA und London 2012), in: Law and History Review 33 (2015), 1, 261-263.

Buchrezension zu Raleigh, Donald. Soviet Baby Boomers. An Oral History of Russia's Cold War Generation (Oxford 2012), in: Europe-Asia Studies 66 (2014), 5, 835-836.

Buchrezension zu LaPierre, Brian. Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia. Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw (Madison 2012).

Buchrezension zu Radnitz, Scott. Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia, in: Europe-Asia Studies 64 (2012), 2, 375-377.

Buchrezension zu Yemelianova, Galina (Hrsg.). Radical Islam in the Former Soviet Union, London 2009 (2010).

Buchrezension zu Nethercott, Frances. Russian Legal Culture Before and After Communism. Criminal Justice, Politics and the Public Sphere, London 2007 (2009).



"Neurussland – Geschichte, Gegenwart und Vision", Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Dezember 2014. Erschienen in: Vision Europa 5/2014.

Kyrgyzstan: Southern discontent poses major challenges, Oxford Analytica, Russia/CIS Daily Brief, 29. April 2005.

Kyrgyzstan: corruption unlikely to disappear soon, Oxford Analytica, Russia/CIS Daily Brief, 22. Juni 2005.

Central Asia/US: soft rhetoric reveals policy dilemma, Oxford Analytica, Russia/CIS Daily Brief, 20. Oktober 2005.


Vorträge (Auswahl)

In Defense of Land and Faith: Rebellious Tatars Encountering State Officials in Late-Nineteenth Century Crimea and Kazan, 7 October 2017, University of Washington, Seattle, 18th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.

The Lawful Empire. Legal Change and Cultural Diversity in Late Imperial Russia, 3 October 2017, University of Oregon, Eugene.

Kasan. Die alte Tatarenhauptstadt in neuem Glanz. ZMO Open House Day, 9 September 2017, Berlin.

Muslim Rebellion in the Russian Empire. On the Power of Governors and the Ambiguities of the Late Imperial Rechtsstaat. State of Exception/Ausnahmezustand: Joint Princeton University and Humboldt University workshop. Berlin, 11 June 2016.

A View from Russia's Borderlands: Potentials and Limits of Studying 19th-Century Legal Texts and Culture, Sapporo/Japan; symposium dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC) of Hokkaido University, 10 December 2015.

Politics of Memory in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Tiblisi/Georgia; invited by Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband (DVV) International and the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Dikatur

Gleiches Recht für alle? Muslime im späten Zarenreich, Vortrag am Lehrstuhl für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt der Geschichte Osteuropas, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 18. Dezember 2014.

Similarities and Differences between Young People's Lives in Central Asia,
"Youth in Kazakhstan" conference, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington D.C., 21 April 2014.

Between Integration and Conflict: Muslim Tatars in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia, BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK, April 2014.

Between Integration and the Promotion of Difference: Ethno-Religious Minorities under Imperial Rule, Law Faculty, Humboldt University, 8 July 2013.

The Eurocentric Risk in the History of International Law, International Symposium, Humboldt University, 1 February 2013.

Why the Law is Wrong: A Comparative (and Controversial) Discussion, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, "Rechtskulturen", 10 December 2012.

Police, Peasants, Property: Contested Territories and Legal Spaces in Late Imperial Russia, Quebec Network for Slavic Studies, Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2012.

Violence, Trials and Justice: Tatar Peasants and the Kazan Uprising of 1879, ASEEES Annual Conference, Washington D.C., November 2011.

Managing Cultural Diversity in the Russian Empire: Integration through Legal Reform?, Workshop "Identity Projects in Comparative Perspective", 6 May 2011, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Law and Empire in Late Tsarist Russia: Tatars Go to Court, American Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Conference, Columbia University, New York, 16 April 2011.

Muslime vor Gericht: Tatarische Bauern und Russisches Recht, Januar 2010, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lehrstuhl Geschichte Osteuropas.

At the "Marketplace for Styles and Identities": Youth between Transition, Globalization and Youth Culture in Southern Kyrgyzstan, October 2009, Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), University of Toronto, Canada.

Looking North? Urban Youth Practices in a "Southern" City, September 2009, Workshop "Urban Spaces: Caucasian Places: Transformations in Capital Cities", Tbilisi State University, Institute for History and Ethnology, Georgia.

"Post-Soviet Muslims": Multi-Dimensional Identities, April 2009, "Orient-Express" Konferenz, Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas.

The Students of Osh and the Colonization of the New Associative Sphere, 
Dezember 2008, "The Transnationalization of Central Asia", Konferenz an der L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Post-Soviet Youth in a Globalizing World, November 2006, Universität von St Andrews, Konferenz des Central Asian Research Network.

Re-Islamization among the Students of Osh (Kyrgyz Republic), Oktober 2005, Konferenz der Central Eurasian Studies Society, Universität Boston, USA.

Islamic Radicalism in Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Oktober 2003, Konferenz der Central Eurasian Studies Society, Universität Harvard, USA.


Lehrtätigkeit nach oben

Academic year 2017/18

- Dictatorships of the Present: Authoritarian Rule in the
Post-Soviet Space (Department of History)

Academic year

-  Between Dictatorship, Stagnation and the “Golden Age”:            The Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s (Department of History)
- Russia and the Bomb. The Nuclear Threat during the Cold War. Strategic Use and Popular Perception (Department of History)

Academic year 2014/15

- “Tough men”. Emotion, Gender, and the Study of the Cold War  (Department of History)
- “Homo Sovieticus”: Idea and Reality of the Soviet Being (Department of History)

Academic year 2013/14

- Russian Rule in Crimea: Imperialism, Colonization, and Mass Tourism, 18th-20th centuries (Department of History)
- Hipsters and Komsomoltsy: Youth and Youth Organizations in the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 (Department of History)

Academic year 2011/12

- Religion and Nation in a Multiethnic Empire: Russia and the Soviet Union, 16th-20th centuries (Department of History)
- The Socialist Experiment: Eastern Europe in the 20th century (Department of History) - course taught jointly with three other members of staff

Academic year 2010/11

- Police, Justice, and the Exile System: The Russian Empire between Law and Violence, 1649-1917 (Department of History)
- Religion, Migration and "the West": Dimensions of Globalization in Central Asia (Department of Central Asian Studies)

Academic year 2009/10

- Russia and her Muslims: Integration and Conflict in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union (Department of History)
- Everyday Life in Central Asia: Between the Soviet Legacy, Transformation, and Globalization (Department of Central Asian Studies)