The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Paul Vădan (project coordinator)

Paul Vădan coordinates the Imperiia Project at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Having earned his doctorate in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Chicago, Paul travelled to the West Coast where he taught Classics and Humanities at Reed College, and subsequently decided to relocate to Denmark, where he conducted research on violence against migrants in the Mediterranean space at the University of Copenhagen’s Saxo Institute.

A native of Transylvania, Paul has always been fascinated with the history of cognition. To that end he was most recently Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies where he explored how ancient thinkers conceptualized our modern concept of ‘risk’ and how they sought to render an uncertain future more predictable.

Paul’s experience and interests have fostered his fascination with digital humanities, and how technology can help us uncover a previously inaccessible past. As such, the Imperiia Project’s mapping and digitization efforts offer an ideal opportunity for him to explore new historical questions and uncover forgotten stories.

Paul is passionate about coffee, dogs, Internazionale Milano, and Greek cuisine.

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