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.
On May 31, Valerie Kivelson, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, will be delivering a seminar entitled ‘Visualizing Empire: Muscovite Images of Race’. Professor Kivelson is an expert in Medieval and early modern Russia, history of cartography, history of witchcraft, religion, and political culture, among other topics. She is the author of 'Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth Century Russia' and a guest editor of 'Witchcraft Casebook: Magic in Russia, Poland and Ukraine. 15-21st Centuries'.
The HSE Centre for Digital Humanities jointly with the School of linguistics and the School of history held the Digital Humanities week. Among the participants were the "Memorial" society, the "Prozhito" project, the Open List, the Centre for Digital Humanities at Perm University, the German Historical Institute Moscow, as well as researchers from various HSE schools and departments.
From October 7 - November 12, 2016 a school for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students organized by the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences was held in Germany. The school was dedicated to issues of memorialization and commemorating victims of terror and was led by the Centre’s Director Oleg Budnitskii. The trip was organized with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
Kirill Levinson, leading research fellow of IGITI, was awarded the Merk Translation Prize for translating selected articles from Reinhart Koselleck's Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe published in Russian by the New Literaty Observer under the title of "Dictionary of Basic Historical Concepts" in 2014.
On September 9, 2016, VI Poletayev Memorial Readings entitled "Natual Sciences and Humanities: New Interaction (Dis)Order" were held at the Higher School of Economics. Among the participants were two guest speakers: Karl Hall from Central European University (Budapest) and Kornelius Borck from Lübeck University (Lübeck).
On June 3, 2016, Marina Mogilner, leading research fellow of IGITI, reported on The Purity of Race vs. Imperial Hybridness: Vladimir Jabotinsky against the Russian Empire.
Kirill Levinson, leading research fellow of IGITI, reported on Emotion Concepts and Conceptual History: Perspectives on the Challenges of Translation at the conference 'Concepts of Passions and Politics' organized in London by UCL European institute, UCL Center for Transnational History, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and Center for Contemporary anf Modern History of the University of Sheffield.
This April, Microhistory Days took place at HSE. The event coincided with the visit to the School of History of Prof. Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon (Reykjavík Academy in Iceland) and Dr. István Szijártó (Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest), renowned experts in microhistory, founders of the Microhistory Network, and authors of What is Microhistory? Theory and Practice, a comprehensive analytical monograph.
An international school of young historians, ‘Russian – Polish Entangled History: Scientific Reconstruction and Reflection in the Collective Memory’, took place in April at the School of History (HSE Moscow). Undergraduate and master’s students from HSE and the University of Warsaw took place in the event. Alexander Kamensky, Andrey Iserov, Dariusz Klechowski, Director of the Polish Cultural Centre in Moscow, and Leonid Gorizontov, who lead the organization of the Russian-Polish meeting.
Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator (Yale) by Oleg Khlevniuk (translated by Nora Favorov) has received the second prize of Pushkin House (UK), for the best Russian book in translation. The award, supported by Waterstones and Douglas Smith & Stephanie Ellis-Smith, supports the best non-fiction writing on the Russian-speaking world published for the first time in English in the previous year.