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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.


Andrey Poletayev Memorial Readings

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).

Marina Mogilner Presented Her Paper at IGITI

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 Has Reported on 'Emotion Concepts and Conceptional History' in London

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.

Microhistory Days at HSE

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.

Russian-Polish School of Young Historians

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.

Book by Oleg Khlevniuk Recognized by Pushkin House, London

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.

Igor Fedyukin Spoke about Peter the Great and his ‘Projectors’ at Columbia University and the University of Virginia

The Director of the HSE Centre for Source Studies presented his research on the role of ‘administrative entrepreneurs’ in the development of early education and other state institutions in Russia under Peter the Great.

Review of the Book by Evgeny Akelev Published in International Journal

The review of the book ‘Povsednevnaia zhizn vorovskogo mira vo vremena Vanki Kaina’ (Daily Life of the Thieves' World in the Time of Vanka Kain) by Evgeny Akelev, Asociate Professor at the School of History, was published in the first issue of the 17th volume of the leading academic journal on Russian history ‘Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History’.

“Understanding Economic Growth and Development in Central and Eastern Europe”: Workshop in Economic History and Development

HSE Faculty of Economics in cooperation with School of History will hold on September 2–3, 2016 a workshop named “Understanding economic growth and development in Central and Eastern Europe”. The keynote lecturers of a workshop are Tracy K. Dennison (California Institute of Technology) and Leandro Prados de la Escosura(Carlos III University in Madrid). Proposals for papers accepted until March 31, 2016.

International Conference “What is Enlightenment? New Answers to the Old Question”

HSE School of History in cooperation with Institute of World History (Russian Academy of Sciences), Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau, Centre d’études franco-russe de Moscou, Kuskovo Estate and Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières (IRCL – UMR 5186 du CNRS – Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III) will hold on June 26–28, 2017 an international conference “What is Enlightenment? New Answers to the Old Question” (“L’Identité des Lumières: nouvelles approches”). The conference will be held at Kuskovo Museum-Estate (Moscow). Proposals are accepted until November 1, 2016.