Department Head — Professor Alexander Semyonov
Department Academic Supervisor— Professor Evgeniy Anisimov
198099 Saint Petersburg
17 Promyshlennaya Ulitsa, Room 107
190008 Saint Petersburg
16 Soyuza Pechatnikov Ulitsa
Master’s programme 'Applied and Interdisciplinary History «Usable Pasts»'
The Department of History was created in 2012. The overarching goal of the department is systematic development of the field of global, comparative, and transnational history as a potent tool of overcoming the limitations of national history canon, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue in the field of social sciences and humanities, and brining new public relevance to historical knowledge. The department mission includes the development of new type of historical undergraduate and graduate education in Russia and pioneering new research fields in Russian historiography in dialogue with the global historical profession.
University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Sablin I., Semyonov A.
Modern Intellectual History. 2018.
Ekaterina Kalemeneva, Julia Lajus.
In bk.: The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Ch. 18. P. 267-283.
Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2017
The Department of History and the Center for Historical Research host the regular research seminar “Boundaries of History” chaired by prof. Alexander Semyonov. The potent metaphor of boundaries is deployed in the title of the seminar to highlight its permanent discussion threads:
1) opportunities and potentialities of historical research across and beyond the boundaries of national history, the promise and analytical value of global history approaches for different fields and periods of history;2) Historical research on empire, colonialism, and nationalism in comparative and global history perspectives3) the porous boundaries between the discipline of history and adjacent fields of social sciences and potentialities of the cross-disciplinary research agenda setting; 4) the imagined boundary between the past and the present and the relevance of historical knowledge for contemporary and future-oriented public and expert debate in modern societies; 5) the boundary between professional history and lay and public history. This seminar series comprises sessions with pre-circulated research papers both in English and Russian as well as public lectures and debates.
Subseries of the research seminar "Boundaries of History" "Contested Global History"
February 8, 2018. Kati Parppei “The Battle of Kulikovo Refought – 'The First National Feat'”December 14, 2017. Alexander Reznik "Trotsky and Comrades: Left Opposition and Political Culture in the RCP(b), 1923-1924"December 7, 2017. Michаel Freikman "In Their Image and Likeness: Genesis of the Urban Pantheons in the Middle East"November 30, 2017. Evgeny Anisimov "Peter I: Russia's Blessing or Curse?"November 23, 2017. Tatiana Tairova-Yakovleva "Incorporation: Russia and Ukraine after the Pereyaslav Council, 1654-1658"November 2, 2017. Martin Aust "Jurists from the late Russian Empire: Self-Descriptions and Contributions to the Advancement of International Law"October 11, 2017. Dominic Lieven "Reflections on empire, Russia, and historical comparison"October 5, 2017. Andrey Golovnev "The Anthropology of Movement and the Phenomenon of Colonization"September 28, 2017. Frank Grüner "Entangled Histories: The Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 in Harbin and the CER Zone"September 27, 2017. Justice Albie Sachs "Forging a Constitution for the New South Africa: from Racism to Equal Rights for All"September 21, 2017. Alberto Masoero "Which Orient? Potanin, Iuzhakov, Ukhtomskii and their (very) different political understanding of Eurasian hybridity"September 18, 2017. Oksana Sarkisova "Soviet film collection: nationalities on the screen"June 9-10, 2017. Joint workshop of "Ab Imperio" Journal and the Center for Historical Research with support from the Fund for Support for Liberal Arts "Imperial revolution of 1917: Post-Imperial Imaginaries and Revolutionary Politics in the Context of Diversity"June 7, 2017. Joint workshop Center for Historical Research and Global History Group (University of Copenhagen) with the support of the Danish Cultural Institute in Russia "Contested Global History"June 1, 2017. Irina Shevelenko "Modernism as Archaism: Nationalism and Search for Modernist Aesthetics in Russia"May 22, 2017. Darius Staliunas "Enemies for a Day: Antisemitism and Anti-Jewish Violence in Lithuania under the Tsars"April 20, 2017. Alison Smith "A Microhistory of the Global Empire of Cotton: Ivanovo in the 19th Century"April 13, 2017. Lev Klein "The Travails of Science: the Scientist and Power, the Scientist and Money, the Scientist and Morals" (report in russian language) April 6, 2017. Kiri Paramore "Confucian Fascism - A Global History"April 4, 2017. A joint workshop with the Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg "Teaching Global and Transnational History"March 23, 2017. Round table with Barbara Zelizer, Arvind Rajagopal, Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov "Global History and Anthropology of Media"February 16, 2017.Tatiana Borisova “Taming of Law in the Autocratic Empire”November 10, 2016. Sebastian Conrad "Global Transformations of Time in the Nineteenth Century"October 27, 2016. Adrian Selin "Russian-Swedish Border" (report in russian language)September 29, 2016. David Darrow "Ordering Economy: Managing Land Allotments for Fiscal and Moral Improvement"June 16, 2016. Mikhail Dolbilov "Political loyalty in the Russian Empire – allegiance or loyalty? A case of ‘people’s’ panegyrics to a monarch (1861-1884)"June 9, 2016. Andreas Renner "A new border within the Russian Empire? Peter the Great and (the invention) of Russian Asia"June 2, 2016. Valerie Kivelson "Early Mapping: The Tsardom in Manuscript"May 25-26, 2016. David Armitage "Horizons of History: Time, Space and the Future of the Past," “Civil War: A History in Ideas”May 12, 2016. Dominic Lieven “Empire in World War I: Causes and Consequences”February 11, 2016. Monika Baar. "Rethinking Disability: Historical Perspectives on Vulnerable Citizens at Times of Crisis".December 14, 2015. Raye Farr. "Creating Public History for Millions: World War II and the Holocaust"December 10, 2015. David Darrow "Categories of Agrarian Reform: The Varied Meaning of the Labor Norm in the Operations of The Peasant Land Bank"November 5, 2015. Johannes Remy. "Question of Ukrainian autonomy under all-Russian Provisional Government in 1917"October 22, 2015. Nathan Marcus "National Minorities and the League of Nations: The case of South Tyrol"Осtober 8, 2015. Roundtable "Religious communities and the Soviet authorities: patterns of interaction". Presentations by Prof. I.Sablin and Prof. J.Kormina followed by discussion with Prof. N.Ssorin-Chaikov.June 17, 2015. Jan Gross. Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland.April 2, 2015. Vladimir Lapin. "Russification of the Russians and non-Russians in the Russian army and fleet. XVIII - beginning of XX centuries" (report in russian language) March 26, 2015. David Moon. The American Steppe: Influences from Russia on the Great Plains. February 19, 2015. Sergey Fyodorov. The Birth of the Leviathan: The Imperial and Monarchial Discourses at the End of the Middle Ages. January 29, 2015. Sergey Abashin. History and Social Anthropology: The Ways of Convergence.December 18, 2014. Ronald Suny. They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else.November 13, 2014. Sergey Glebov. “They need to know that they are now in our realm...”: Subjecthood in the Russian Far East, 1860-1900October 23, 2014. Pasi Ihalainen. The reception and constitutional consequences of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in British, German, Swedish and Finnish parliaments. October 16, 2014. Willard Sunderland. A Small Way In: Microhistory and the Search for the Russian Empire.October 7, 2014. Allan Little, Charlie Taylor. Representations of the Past and Current History in Media. September 25, 2014. Pascale Siegrist. Reclus and Russia: Anarchism, World History and Geographic Determinism. September 4, 2014. Anthony Heywood. Mobilisation", "Chaos" and "Crisis": Terminological Reflections on the Russian Empire's Great War, 1914-1917May 19, 2014. Rogers Brubaker. Linguistic and Religious Pluralism: Between Difference and Inequality. May 15, 2014. Anna Åberg. A gap in the Grid: Attempts to establish a Nordic gas grid 1967-1991. April 10, 2014. Victor Taki. Russia and the Muslims of Bulgaria During the Russian-Ottoman Wars of the Nineteenth Century (report in russian language)March 13, 2014. Ronald G. Suny. Legacies of Empire in Russian History VideoMarch 6, 2014. Jeremy Smith. Red Nations:The Nationalities Experience in andafter the USSR. February 27, 2014. Artem Zhukov. News of the 1547 Moscow Fires in the narratives of the 1550-1560s. February 20, 2014. Dietmar Wulff. Comparative constitutional history of Europe in the 19th century.December 12, 2013. Marina Loskutova. Theforest question” in the Russian Empire in the first half of the 19th century: nature, science and politics. November 28, 2013. Anton Kotenko. Anarchism, Geographic Determinism, and Federalism of Mikhail Dragomanov. October 17, 2013. Jonathan Platt. Longing for a feat: keepers of memory of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya in contemporary Russia (report in russian language)October 3, 2013. Eugene Koloskov. The country without a name: Macedonia and the Macedonians in the quest for identity.September 19, 2013. Andrei Kushko. From an Ottoman frontier to the Russian province: Bessarabia in the Russian Empire (1812-1917) (report in russian language)May 23, 2013. Alexander Marey. "Potestas & auctoritas: the Doctrine of Power in the Political thought of European Scholastics, 11th–13th century." April 25, 2013. Elena Kochetkova. The Soviet Timber Industry in 1953 - 1964 years: Modernization and Technology Transfer (report in russian language)March 21, 2013. Ivan Sablin. Historical Geoinformatics and its Application to the Historical Research of Russia’s Eastern Borderlands (report in russian language)March 14, 2013. Alexey Vdovin. Literary Expedition’ of the Ministry of Navy: Writers, Power and Discourse of Orientalism in the Russian Empires of the 1850-s. (report in russian language) February 28, 2013. Roundtable of the Department of History in partnership with the Publishing House “Novoye Literaturnoye Obozreniye” "For Professional and Public Consumption: Humanities and Historical Knowledge in Contemporary Russia." (report in russian language) Video of the roundtable February 25, 2013. Ekaterina Boltunova. The Imperial Palace in Russia of the XVIII Century and the Organization of the Political Space in Imperial Capital (report in russian language)February 21, 2013. Aleksander Khryakov. Brown Roots’ of Social History in Germany: The Volksgeschichte and German Nationalism (report in russian language)December 13, 2012. Anna Kotomina. "Imagining What Might Be". Visual History of Inventions and New Perspectives in the Study of the History of Technology (report in russian language)December 6, 2012. Kimberly Powers. Mullahs by Appointment, Legitimate Marriages, and Birth Record Books in the Russian Empire (report in russian language)November 15, 2012. Pavel Krylov. Theological Revenge in Historical Scholarship. Latin American Liberation Theology and Re-writing of History (report in russian language)November 1, 2012. Ilya Vinkovetsky. "Our Americans": the Processes of Russification of Natives in the Russian America of the Nineteenth Century (report in russian language)October 2, 2012. Andrei Zorin. About the Possibility of a Historical Reconstruction of Individual Experience: Studies of the Russian Aristocratic Culture Abroad XVIII-XIX Centuries (report in russian language) VideoSeptember 27, 2012. Daria Bocharnikova. Developing the Concept of “New Element of Settlement” or Exercises in Communism and Modernism by Dissidents from Architecture (1960-1970) (report in russian language)September 11, 2012. Evgenii Anisimov. Emotions at The Great Patriotic War of 1812 VideoMay 15, 2012. Stephen Howe. Aftershocks of Empire: Debating Decolonisation in Britain today (report in russian language)