Faculty of Humanities School of History

School of History

About the School

The School of History was created in 2015 on the basis of HSE’s Faculty of History. The School’s instructors are leading historians and the authors of academic monographs, textbooks, and teaching manuals that are used in various fields of historical studies. Faculty members represent or head the most important scientific schools, such as the social and political history of Russia, Ancient Rus’ history, historical anthropology, medieval studies, the history of ideas, the theory of historical knowledge, visual studies, source studies, special historical disciplines and others. The School works actively with leading foreign universities and research centres, and organizes international academic conferences, symposiums, and colloquiums.


Understanding Our Own History by Learning about Another’s

Social Historian, Franziska Exeler has focussed much of her research on the Soviet Union and the Second World War but at HSE she is asking students to find out what happened in other countries to try to understand the Soviet experience in a global context. She talked to the HSE English News website about teaching and researching at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, about discovering Moscow’s architecture and about her life as an academic in Russia.

Articles by HSE Lecturers and Postgraduate Students Published in the Journal of Polish Academy of Sciences

The article ‘Academic Historians in Russian Media: A Selfie-session’ by HSE Professor Irina Savelieva and postgraduate student Zarina Gatina has been published in the journal of the Polish Academy of Sciences ‘Rozprawy z Dziejów Oświaty’ (p. 11-32). This article is based on an interview and concerns the study of non-academic forms of historical knowledge.The article ‘The Time of ‘Bubbles’, or on the Phenomenon of Academic Attestation in post-Soviet Russia’ by HSE Lecturer Kira Ilina has also been published in the journal (p.33-50). Her research is dedicated to the ‘bubble’ system of post-Soviet academic attestation.

Article by Irina Savelieva ‘Two-Faced Status of History: Between the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Published

The article ‘Two-Faced Status of History: Between the Humanities and Social Sciences’ (83/HUM/2015) by Irina Savelieva, Professor at the Faculty of History was published in a series of working papers ‘Humanities’. The author explains why history has not become a ‘real’ social science, although historians who represent the most advanced trends within the discipline aspired to this. Read more

Article by Alexander Makhov Published

The article ‘Popular Knowledge Of The Past In Discussions On A City Online Forum’ (WP BRP 78/HUM/2014) by Alexander Makhov, Postgraduate Student at the Faculty of History was published in a series of working papers ‘Humanities’. The article covers the analysis of the past in discussions during a city online forum. The author tries to conceptualize the nature of popular knowledge. Read more

Article by Elena Vishlenkova Published

The article 'To Invent Or Copy: Ethnic And Spatial Images Of The Pre-Photographical Epoch' (WP BRP 77/HUM/2014) by Elena Vishlenkova, Professor at the Faculty of History was published in a series of working papers ‘Humanities’. The research is dedicated to theoretical aspects of visual culture and national imagination analysis in Russian Empire from the second half of the 18th century to the first third of the 19th century. Read more

HSE Tenured Professor Oleg Voskoboynikov Has Won the Prix Maurice Wachsmacher

Associate Professor at the Department of Social History Oleg Voskoboynikov has won the Humanities Prize 2014 for his translation into Russian of French art historian Roland Recht’s Le croire et le voir: L'art des cathédrales, XIIe-XVe siècle (Believing and Seeing, The Art of Gothic Cathedrals) in a volume published by the HSE Publishing House. The prize was awarded by the French Ambassador to Russia, Jean-Maurice Ripert who signed a certificate at the ceremony for the winner to travel to France.

Igor Fedyukin, Director of the Centre for Source Studies, Spoke at Conferences in Florence and Lyon

Igor Fedyukin spoke about the role of ‘idealists’ in educational innovations during the time of Peter the Great in a speech at the European University Institute (Florence, November 3, 2014), and at an international colloquium ‘European Innovations, Norms and Models in the Russian Empire: 18th – early 20th centuries’ (Lyon, November 7, 2014), organized by the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and Urals Federal University with the participation of École normale supérieure de Lyon.

Apollon Davidson and Antonina Sharova Presented Their Reports at the International Conference ‘Russia and Britain – Cultural Interactions in the 20th Century’ in London

Professor Apollon Davidson and Associate Professor Antonina Sharova presented their reports during the International Conference ‘Russia and Britain – Cultural Interactions in the 20th Century’. 

Faculties Still Expanding at HSE

As part of organizational reform at HSE, two more ‘big’ faculties are being created – the Faculty of Economic Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities. These faculties will include educational and research divisions in their corresponding fields. Changes will also take place in the structure of HSE’s Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics.

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prove Interest in Middle Ages

From October 7-9, the second annual ‘Dynamic Middle Ages’ school of young medievalists took place in Moscow. After its conclusion, participants talked about what they find interesting in the Middle Ages and the parallels they see between those times and today.