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Working title of thesis: Being Without a State: The Thought of Petr Kropotkin Between Statehood and Statelessness
Present degree status: MPhil candidate
Start date of research: September 2010
Supervisors: Dr Robin Aizlewood (main), Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (secondary)
Centre to which the thesis is affiliated: Centre for Russian Studies
Description of research topic:
Between statehood and statelessness, the thought of Petr Kropotkin envisages the transformation of human beings. My research explores this transitory projection in his work, tracing two distinct yet interrelated narratives of subjectivity (moral becoming and socialisation) that together begin to tell the story of how Kropotkin addressed the leitmotif of anarchism in fin de siècle Europe and Russia; 'how to be without a state'. Re-constructing Kropotkin's philosophical imagination within a broader context of Russian anarchism and re-animating his conceptual topography in light of nineteenth-century European scientific discourse, I seek to understand how Kropotkin detailed the transposition of human beings into anarchist subjects.
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