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198099 Saint Petersburg
17 Promyshlennaya Ulitsa, Room 107

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190008 Saint Petersburg
16 Soyuza Pechatnikov Ulitsa


Department Head Alexander Semyonov
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity 1897–1994

Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K. et al.

Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.

Book chapter
Prisoners: Experiencing the Criminal Other

Vasilyev P., Vidor G. M.

In bk.: Encounters with Emotions: Negotiating Cultural Differences since Early Modernity. NY: Berghahn Books, 2019. P. 184-206.

Graduate Students at the Doctoral School of History

2017 enrollment

Education: International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University, 2015

Research interests: free trade, Far East of the Russian Empire

Research Advisor: Professor Alexander Semyonov

Research topic: Porto-Franco regime in the Far East of the Russian Empire in the middle of 19th – beginning of 20th century as a factor of regional identity formation.

«Far Eastern porto-franco regime was an issue of combative debates in the Russian Empire in late 19 th – beginning of 20 th century, taking part in the formation of the discourse about the divergence of the center and periphery interests. Moreover, porto-franco regime contributed to the creation of more cosmopolitan environment in the Russian Far East, provided the possibilities for the presence of the foreigners and foreign assets, influencing the central and regional, public and governmental points of view on the balance between the security and developmental issues. In this context porto-franco phenomenon left a significant imprint in the political and public life of the Russian society and supposedly proved to be a significant factor of regional identity formation in the Russian Far East».
MA - Department of History, European University

BA - Faculty of History, Saint-Petersburg State University, 2015

Research interests: maritime trade, the Baltic Sea

Research Advisor: Professor Evgeniy Anisimov

Research topic: The dynamics of the Russian maritime commerce on the Baltic sea at 1720-1780.

"To make trade studies more fruitful we have to add more than only supply-demand law into trade studies. The one what could be added is economic actors' motivation. The actors' motivations were depended on external factors and informational environment. Any income is based on the right investment of actor's capital. But how could the actor evaluate the future profit? He evaluated it by assessment feedback based on information the actor owns. Actors' bounded reality is made of information circulating around him. Therefore observing of actors' bounded reality would be a fruitfullapproach to trade studies."
Master in Culture Studies, Jewish Culture department, St Petersburg State University, 2014

Bachelor in Religious Studies, History of Religion and Religious Studies department, St Petersburg State University, 2008

Member of the Memorial Fund Babii Yar public council
Research interests: History of Religion, Judaica

Research Advisor: Professor Alexander Semyonov

Research topic: Memory About Violence as a Factor of Shaping Jewish in Russian Empire (1903-1917)

"The study focuses on the changing principles of the formation of Jewish identity in the period from the Kishinev pogrom in 1903 to the October Revolution of 1917. The problem of the study is the experience of comparing the representation of anti-Jewish violence in the discourses of political parties and movements in the Jewish environment and self-identifying with the Jewish personal and personal memory of violence. An analysis of the representation of violence in the discourses of Jewish politics gives us an opportunity to consider the process of losing the state monopoly on violence and its transition to civil society. Using the example of private documents of Jewish intellectuals and public sources, we will identify the reasons and ways of constructing Jewish thought at a turning point in history, as well as study the process of forming Jewish self-identification in the period of legal categories and norms."

2018 enrollment

Кузинер Игорь Эдуардович

Education: The Bonch-Bruevich State University of Telecommunications: specialist - engineer of multichannel telecommunicational system, 2006-2011

The Herzen State Pedagogical University: MA in History of Religion, 2016-2018

Research interests: church and state, Old Believers, history of religion

Research advisor: professor Jeanne Kormina

Research topic: Old Believers from 1917 to 1933: strategies of adaptation in conditions of the early stage of Soviet statehood

The broader definition of my field is a state-church relationship in the 20th century. At the moment I am working on a thesis concerning strategies of adaptation of popular and alternative orthodox movements to the conditions of earlier Soviet statehood. In the narrower sense, the PhD project deals with how radical religious communities, especially various branches of Old Believers, adapted to a transformation of Imperial regimes during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and establishing and development of Soviet state, how they seek their place in a changing political and social conditions and how the Soviet power picked various means and approaches to shape these socio-religious contexts and to fit it into Soviet domain.
Петрова Анна Александровна

Academic Appointments
2018 - present
PhD student, Department of History, Higher School of Economics National Research University, St. Petersburg

Research Areas
Russian and European technological history
Textile industry
Industrial heritage
Consumer society
M.A. in History cum laude, History Department, St. Petersburg State University
B.A. in Tourism cum laude, History Department, Ural Federal University Fellowships and Awards
Oxford Russia Fund: Ph.D. fellowship
ICOHTEC SUMMER SCHOOL AND SYMPOSIUM: Technology and Power 2019 (Katovice)
«Technological changes in the Soviet textile industry and consumer society of 50-60s»
Summer school "Management, preservation and representation of the industrial and mobility heritage: the experience of Paris"
«Soviet and Post-Soviet Industrial Periphery»
Collaborative Research Projects
2019 -2020
«Material World of Late Soviet Society in the Cold War: Technological Innovations in Production and Representation of Mass Consumer Products» project of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History of the Center for Historical Research (head of Laboratory Dr. Julia Lajus), supported by the Russian Science Foundation. Project leader Dr. Elena Kochetkova.
2018 -2019
«Representation of natural, industrial and cultural heritage and strategy of actualization of the past: Past, present and prospects of applied history in Russia”, project of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History of the Center for Historical Research (head of Laboratory Dr. Julia Lajus), supported by the Basic Research Program of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Project leaders prof. Evgenii Anisimov and Dr. Margarita Dadykina
Старун Мария Игоревна

1. Education:

BA - Faculty of History, Saint-Petersburg State University, 2015
MA - Faculty of History, Saint-Petersburg State University, 2017

2. Research interests: Soviet history, informal justice, collectivity, ideology
Research Advisor: Professor Tatiana Y. Borisova

3. Research topic: Comrade courts and socialist legal consciousness in 1919-1939

The dissertation project is devoted to the history of comrade courts in the context of production, the labor situation since the latter formed the communist collective in accordance with the Soviet ideology. The study sets the task of clarifying whether the rulings of comrade courts were actually softer and comradely compared with the other courts, the extent to which court participants were aware of their involvement in the collective, and what was special in contacts with the highest authority and coexisting disciplinary bodies. Studying “comrade justice” with the guidance of legal anthropology methods will enable us to develop a better grasp of the opportunities and limits of “socialist legality” at the local enterprise level.