198099 Saint Petersburg
17 Promyshlennaya Ulitsa, Room 107
190008 Saint Petersburg
16 Soyuza Pechatnikov Ulitsa
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.
Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K. et al.
Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.
Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 2020.
In bk.: Between Grain and Oil from the Azov to Caucasus: The port-cities of the eastern coast of the Black Sea, late 18th – early 20th centuries. Vol. 3. Centre of Maritime History, Institute for Mediterranean Studies – Foundation of Research and Technology, 2020. Ch. 6. P. 139-163.
Alexandra Bekasova, Aleksandra Babikova.
Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2018
The Department of History at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg was founded in 2012. The overarching goals of the department are to systematically develop the fields of global, comparative, and transnational history as a potent tool for overcoming the limitations of national history canon, to foster interdisciplinary dialogue in the fields of social sciences and humanities, and to bring new public relevance to historical knowledge. The department mission includes the development of new types of historical undergraduate and graduate education in Russia as well as pioneering research in Russian historiography in dialogue with the global historical scholarship. The department was founded together with the Center for Historical Research,
The department’s areas of research include: history of the empire, nationalism, and colonialism; environmental and technological history, urban history; early modern social and cultural history; intellectual history and history of science; digital humanities and GIS.
The department recruits staff internationally, hosting visiting professorships and nuturing international partnerships with world renowned universities and research centers, including the University of Michigan, the University of Goettingen, University of Turin (joint international postgraduate program global history of empires), University of Michigan, University of Jyväskylä , University of Bielefeld, University of Bonn and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Muenchen. Since 2014, the Department has been working with the German academic exchange service (DAAD).
Center for Historical Research was founded in 2012. The Center's goal is to systematically develop methodology and approaches for global, comparative, and transnational history in various fields of historical research. Key research topics for the Center are: opportunities and potentialities of historical research across the boundaries of national history and beyond the research agenda of national historiographic canon; the history of diversity and the politics of difference; the porous boundaries between the discipline of history and adjacent fields of social sciences and potentialities of the cross-disciplinary research agenda-setting; 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. More about the activities of Center you find here.
The department hosts the regular research seminar 'Boundaries of History' chaired by Prof. Alexander Semyonov. This seminar series comprises sessions with pre-circulated research papers both in English and Russian, as well as public lectures and debates. The potent metaphor of the title of the seminar highlight its permanent discussion threads:
1) opportunities and potentialities of historical research across the boundaries of national history and beyond the research agenda of national historiographic canon;
2) the porous boundaries between the discipline of history and adjacent fields of social sciences and potentialities of the cross-disciplinary research agenda setting;
3) 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;
4) the boundary between professional history and lay and public history.
In 2018, on the basis of the Department of History, the Student Research Society (hereinafter - SRS) was created. The goal of the SRS is to involve students in the scientific and cultural life of the department and the university, as well as help in the implementation of research projects and initiatives. The main activity of the SRS is to organize and conduct thematic events for students of the HSE and other universities, including the annual Usable Pasts conference, summer schools and public seminars. More about the activities of SRS you find here.
Interview About the Department of History with the Chair of the Department Alexander Semyonov «Whither New Imperial History? New Approaches to Russian History» (2016)
Interview with the Chair of the Department of History About the Development of Historical Studies of the Russian Empire at the IV Russian-German Week of the Young Researchers (2014)
The results of 2019
The results of 2018
The results of 2017
The results of 2016
The results of 2015
The results of 2014
Basic presentation of the Department of History at the HSE in St. Petersburg- Department of History.pptx