M.A. Russian History, University of Wisconsin Madison, 12/1972
Ph.D. History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1/1976
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Rorlich studies Russian and Eurasian social and cultural history, including the history of the Turkic Muslim peoples of Russia. Her special research interests include : the social history of Muslim women in late imperial Russia,the identity discourse of the Muslim modernizers, Muslim visual culture, as well as the socio-political and cultural landscape of the post-Soviet Turkic republics.
Russia/USSR/ Eurasia: Islam, identity, gender, visual culture .
Russia/USSR/Eurasia : modernity studies, identity, gender,
Detailed Statement of Research Interests
My teaching and research interests are intimately intertwined and have been shaped by an appreciation of the imperial dimension of Russian history. Within this context, the Turkic Muslim peoples of Eurasia, whether as subjects of the Russian imperial state, citizens of the Soviet Union, or those of the independent states that emerged after its demise represent the main focus of my research. My work on Muslim modernity and identity construction is informed by the relevance of ambiguities in shaping equations of cultural and political interaction and challenges dichotomous approaches. I continue to study the role that markers such as religion and gender play in the construction of identity, just as I maintain an interest in issues of cultural reproduction and politics of culture with regard to Muslim modernizers in particular.
Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions
Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region, Advisory Board Member
Initiative to Study Political Violence, http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/violence/index.html
International Turkic Eurasia Foundation, Advisory Board Member
1. Forbidden and Blessed Images.The Visual Culture of the Volga Tatars:1906-1917 [Monograph]
2.Vignettes of Women's Lives and the Woman Question: The Muslims of Late Imperial Russia[Monograph]
3. Film and Identity :the Eurasia Film Festival [Journal article].
4. "The Golden Minbar" Islamic Film Festival and "Euroislam" [Journal article].
5."Working Within the System: A Muslim Woman Judge and Soviet Law" (Journal article), 2006-2007
Honors and Awards
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC General Education Teaching Award, 2000-2001
Service to the Profession
Editorships and Editorial Boards
Member, Editorial Board :2007-8, International Journal of Turkish Studies, USA, 2006-2007
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Communist and Post Communist Studies, USA, 2006-2007
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, UK, 2006-2007
Member, Editorial Board, Miras, Russia, 2006-2007
Member, Editorial Board, Otan , Kazakhstan, 2006-2007
Member , Board of Directors, International Turkic Eurasia Foundation, 2006-2007
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; Central Eurasian Studies Society; European Society of Central Asian Studies; Association for the Study of Nationalities, 2006-2007