Evgeny F. Troitskiy is Professor at the Department of World Politics, Tomsk State University (TSU). He holds MA in International Relations and Ph.D. and Doctor of Sciences Degrees in World History from TSU. He was Program Assistant at the NGO Civic Education Project from 2000 to 2002, Assistant Lecturer at the Department of World Politics from 2003 to 2005, Associate Professor from 2005 to 2012 and Professor since 2012. Dr. Troitskiy’s major area of research is the international politics of the post-Soviet space, in particular in the Central Asian region. He has authored more than 60 academic publications and held grants and fellowships from the European Commission, Fulbright Program, Erasmus Mundus Program, Carnegie Endowment, Foundation for the Furtherance of Swedish – Russian Relations, Gerda Henkel Foundation and Central European University.
Period of affiliation:
2021 - 2022
Department of World Politics, Tomsk State University
The project “The Two “Great Games”: “Homo Ludens” in Central Asia” has been born out of the applicant’s experience of research of international politics in post-Soviet Central Asia. The pervasiveness of the label “the new “Great Game” linking the nowadays developments in Central Asia with the Anglo-Russian rivalry of the 19th century has made me question the “ludic” dimension of international politics in this region. The project would try to reveal why and how the metaphor of the “Great Game” has become so entrenched in the analyses of international politics in Central Asia; what this historical analogy elucidates and what it obfuscates; what it means for practical policy-making. The project would also raise fundamental questions: does the “game” reference imply that there might be some “rules of the game”? Does it hint that there is something “not quite serious”, something “ludic” about the international politics of Central Asia?The project would expand our knowledge of how and under what conditions the academic and political representations of Central Asia developed and crystallized. It would help, in this particular case, to narrow the gaps separating the philosophy of politics, international relations theory and area studies.