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Regular version of the site

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.

From Common Rocks to Valuable Industrial Resources: Limestone in Nineteenth-century Russia
In press

Bekasova A.

The Extractive Industries and Society, An International Journal (ISSN: 2214-790X; https://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-extractive-industries-and-society). 2020.

Book chapter
The Power of Positionality? Researching Russian History from the Margins

Vasilyev P.

In bk.: Reading Russian Sources: A Student's Guide to Text and Visual Sources from Russian History. Routledge, 2020. Ch. 3. P. 49-58.

Visiting Professors

Professor Martin Aust

University of Bonn (November 11 - December 6 2019) 




 The visit of Professor Aust was sponsored by the DAAD. Professor Aust gave visiting classes at the undergraduate and graduate programs in history which were focused on comparative history of Empire and history of Eastern Europe


Professor Franziska Exeler

Free University Berlin / University of Cambridge (December 2018)




In December 2018, a series of lectures and seminars by Dr. Franziska Exeler took place. Dr. Exeler conducted classes for the third year BA and first year MA students. The focus of the short-term program was the study of war and authoritarian strategies.


Professor Sergey Glebov

Smith College and Amherst College(USA)
(May-June 2018)



The first part of the lecture was devoted to the emergence of citizenship as a normative category. The idea was that the concept of citizenship, which declared equality of citizens and the law, was not always embodied in practice. Moreover, it would seem that there are common features. As an example, the United States of America, which did not have political rights, could be used. A significant research interest is the concept of citizenship, in which there are certain groups. In turn, in this institute there existed a large number of disparate groups. In the second part of the XIX century in the Far East. The empire was Chinese and Korean. It is significant that by 1917 the number of jobs, especially for the Far East. This, in turn, gave rise to various conflicts on the basis of racial division, allowed before the Chinese pogroms and uprisings. Interestingly, the Russian Empire lacked qualified officials. One of the consequences of this is the excessive entanglement of the treatises. The incorporation of the northern part of Manchuria, for example, was accompanied by various legal incidents. The population living only in the territory joining Russia was declared a subject of the Qing empire.


Prof. dr. Joost C.A. Schokkenbroek

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/National Maritime Museum



 April 26, 2016 - Open Lecture "New Life of a Traditional Museum: Choices, Changes, and Consequences of a Major Renovation of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam"

Professor David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye

Brock University, Canada



May 12, 2016 - Research seminar “Boundaries of History”  "Empire in WWI: causes and consequences"
May 10 - May 17, 2016 - Cycle of lectures "Russian Orientalism" for graduate students 


Professor Dominic Lieven

Senior Research Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy


May 12, 2016 - Research seminar “Boundaries of History”  - "Empire in WWI: causes and consequences".


Professor Ingo Heidbrink

Old Dominion University, USA



Monday, 7.12 (Promyshlennaya 17, 18:20, aud. 406): Historic watercraft and museum ships - an introduction (history of the preservation of historic ships, main concepts and approaches, best practice approaches from all around the globe) – lecture 
Tuesday, 8.12 (Promyshlennaya 17, 18:20, aud. 406): Historic monument or active sailing ship - historic ships and related preservation approaches (value as historic source, immaterial heritage preservation, relevance for the respective national narrative, ships between science and commerce) – lecture 
Thursday, 10.12 (Museum “Icebreaker KRASSIN”):
16:00  Reading a historic ship - the icebreaker KRASSIN (small documentation projects aboard the ship with the goal of learning how to read a 3-dimensional source) – seminar/workshop
18:00  Preserving the maritime heritage around the globe – new concepts for the preservation, usage and presentation of historical ships - Workshop with museum practicioners, students are welcome to participate (see a document in attachments) 
Friday, 11.12 (Promyshlennaya 17, 18:00,auditorium number will be announced shortly): Presentation at the regular seminar of the Center for Historical Research on environmental history and history of technology 
Historic Societal Experiences and Risk Perception in the Context of Industrial Development Policies in the Arctic - The Case of Industrial Development on Greenland 
Saturday, 12.12: The future of historical watercraft (presentation of student projects, discussion of new approaches) – final session of the lecture series
Professor Ronald Suny

University of Michigan, National Research University–Higher School of Economics



- December 14-21, 2015 - lectures and seminars «Russia’s Empires. Thinking About Empire» for undergraduate and graduate students.

- December 19-21, 2015 - seminar «Imperial Transformations – Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet History».

- December 19-21, 2014 - seminar «Imagining Post-Imperial Order: New Historical Study of the Imperial Crisis» 


Professor Alexander Morrison

Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan



 May, 29, 2014 - presentation titled  «Description and representation of Russian conquest of Middle Asia» at a seminars' series «Boundaries of History».

Professor Sergey Glebov
Assistant Professor of History, Smith College and Amherst College, USA


November-December 2014

- teaching an English course for undergraduate students in history «Colonization and decolonization» 

- master classes for graduate students 

- took part in the research seminar “Borders of History” and other faculty activities.


Professor Peter Stearns

George Mason University, Washington, D.C.



December 2014 

- lecture  «World History as an Identity Challenge»  

- master class for Ph.D. students