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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.


Lecture by Stella Rock on 'Post-secular’ Europe through the Lens of Pilgrimage'

On April 21 a lecture by Dr Stella Rock on 'Post-secular’ Europe through the Lens of Pilgrimage' took place at Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities.

Report by Professor Jay Winter on 'Shell Shock in the First World War and after'

On April 17 Jay M. Winter, Professor of History at Yale University spoke on ‘Shell Shock in the First World War and after’. The event was organized by Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities.

Alexandra Kolesnik Took Part in the Workshops of the Department of Music at the University of Chicago

On April 2-3, 2015 Alexandra Kolesnik, Research Assistant at Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities took part in ‘EthNoise!: The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop’ organized by the Department of Music at the University of Chicago. 

Lecture by Professor Budnitskii at European University Institute

On April 1, 2015 Oleg Budnitskii, Professor at the School of History and HSE Honorary Professor delivered a lecture on ‘Women in the Red Army, 1941–45’ at the colloquium of the History Department of the European University Institute (Florence). 

'Be Prepared to Be Less Attached to What You Wrote Yesterday'

Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, Assistant Professor in History, is completing his monograph  The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment . It is in the process of being published by I.B. Tauris. The HSE Look talked to Unkovski-Korica about his topic and the highs and lows of the writing process.

Electronic Version of Volume V of the Byzantine Inscriptions of the North Black Sea Presented by Project ISOPE 3 at King’s College London

On the 10th March at King’s College London, the IOSPE 3 project involving Russian French and British funding and researchers presented the electronic version of Volume V of Byzantine Inscriptions from the Northern Black Sea.

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.

‘As Long as We Think about the Middle Ages as a Dark Time, We Will Remain Dark Ourselves’

Every era builds its own version of the Middle Ages, and the modern age is no exception. Oleg Voskoboynikov, the youngest full professor at the Higher School of Economics, talks about the reason for the popularity of metaphors that refer to that era, why the ‘Suffering Middle Ages’ group on 'VKontakte' is not the same thing as medieval studies and how the desire to be different from everyone else can lead a student to study the Middle Ages.

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