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.
Slavica Publishers (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA) issued the first book of the collection of essays ‘Russian Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-22’.
The Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) held an international conference on 29-30 October 2015 on ‘Biological Concepts, Models, and Metaphors in Social and Human Sciences’. This meeting continues a series of international workshops and conferences organized by the Center for the History of Ideas and Sociology of Knowledge in 2013-2014. This year conference focuses on persistent yet troubled relations between social and life sciences, first of all biology, from the early period of their development in the mid-19th century until today.
The Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) held an international conference on 29-30 October 2015 on ‘Biological Concepts, Models, and Metaphors in Social and Human Sciences’. For two days, Russian, European and American researchers discussed the relations between social sciences and the humanities and various life sciences. This topic arises largely in the light of the recent boom in genetics, medicine and biology which have led academics to reconsider previous concepts of boundaries and connections between disciplines.
Extramural School ‘Forced Labour during WWII: Analysis of Documents and Exchange of International Experiences’
From October 1 – 7th, 2015, HSE students and graduates in history participated in an extramural school headed by Professor Oleg Budnitsky on ‘Forced Labour during WWII: Analysis of Documents and International Exchange of Experience’ in Berlin, Germany.
The article by Irina Savelieva, Director of the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities was published in the Chinese journal ‘Social Science Front’.
Alexander Kamenskii, Head of the School of History took part in the conference ‘KOLL-MANIA. Celebrating the scholarship of Nancy Shields Kollmann’ that was held on October 8-10 in Stanford. Alexander Kamenskii presented the report ‘A Story of Criminal Love in the 18th Century’ – a case study based on a lawsuit found in the archive of Moscow office on zemstvo affairs.
Stalin: Zhizn odnovo vozhdya or Stalin: New Biography of A Dictator by Oleg Khlevniuk, Leading Research Fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of WWII and Its Consequences, has won the Prosvetitel [Enlightener] 2015 Prize for Biography.
HSE history students Elena Krivtsova and Alexandra Maslova shared their impressions of an internship they completed at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, USA, which was organized by the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences.
Academic Studies Press issued the ‘Word and Image in Russian History: Essays in Honor of Gary Marker’. The articles ‘Businesswomen in Eighteenth-Century Russian Provinicial Towns’ by Alexander Kamenskii and ‘Catherine’s Liberation of the Greeks: High-Minded Discourse and Everyday Realities’ by Elena Smilyanskaya were also included in the collection.
HSE has held its post-graduate humanities summer school 'History in the First Person: From Antiquity to Our Time'. The summer school was dedicated to texts written or recorded in the first person, as well as to various methods for analysing them. The school’s organizers and participants spoke with the HSE news service about what ego texts are, how representatives of different disciplines work with them, and how French methodology differs from Russian.