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.


Article by HSE Doctoral Student Published in International Journal

The article ‘Lubyanka Square — Monument of an Unresolved Conflict’ by Alexander Makhov, doctoral student at the School of History (Academic Supervisor – Irina Savelieva) was published in the international scientific journal ‘View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture’. 

Alexander Dmitriev at International Conference

Alexander Dmitriev, Associate Professor at the School of History, Leading Research Fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities took part in the International Conference ‘Roman Jakobson: Linguistics and Poetics’, organized by the University of Milan and the University of Eastern Piedmont.

Article by Vadim Parsamov Published in ‘History of Education and Children's Literature’

The paper ‘The Establishment of the Higher Attestation Commission (the VAK) and the Politics of the Bolsheviks in the Sphere of Higher Education in the Late 1920s — Early 1930s’ by Vadim Parsamov, Professor at the School of History, Chief Research Fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, was published in the Italian journal ‘History of Education and Children's Literature’.

‘Russia's Revolution in Regional Perspective’ Edited by Liudmila Novikova

Slavica Publishers (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA) issued the first book of the collection of essays ‘Russian Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-22’. 

Irina Mahalova, Elena Krivtsova, and Viktoria Pletselman on Their Participation in ‘WWII and the Catastrophe of Jewish People’ Seminar

The seminar was organized by the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies in collaboration with The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences and took place from November 2nd – 9th, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel.

International conference 'Biological Concepts, Models, and Metaphors in Social and Human Sciences'

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. 

How Are Human Sciences and Sociology and the Humanities Related? The Debate Continues

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.

Article by Irina Savelieva Published in Social Science Front

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 Presented Reports in USA

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.