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LSE and HSE University – St Petersburg Support Russian Historians

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and HSE University – St Petersburg launch the Paulsen Programme, funded by the Dr Frederik Paulsen Foundation, in order to support historians in Russia who have been working on the period from the mid 17th century to 1918.

Young Russian historians face the lack of opportunities to visit overseas archives and libraries, and to participate in the international forums and scientific discussions.  At the same time, their counterparts often do not have access to the works of historians from Russia. The Paulsen Programme has been created to address this problem and allow Russian researchers to make a significant contribution to the world's science.

Direct support of researchers is provided through the substantial scholarship fund. Besides, there will be two international research seminars which will be held at HSE University St Petersburg in 2020-2021. A large international conference will take place in Latvia in 2022. These events will bring together leading experts on imperial Russia from all over the world. A series of publications covering the current thinking and research on imperial Russia is planned as well.

Understanding Russia and its role in global society cannot be confined to contemporary perspectives. By opening up access to exceptional research on the history of imperial Russia, and through knowledge exchange between Russian and non-Russian experts, the Paulsen Programme creates important new opportunities to advance research, develop meaningful analysis and promote engagement.

Julia Black
Professor, LSE

Questions of Russian identity, as well as contemporary Russian perceptions and anxieties can never be understood without some grasp of the underlying forces that have driven Russian history in the last half-millennium.

Dominic Lieven
Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge and Fellow of the British Academy; Chair of the Board of the Paulsen Programme.

Additional information about the programme is available here

Professor Alexander Semyonov, the Director of the Center for Historical Research and the Head of Department of History at HSE University – St Petersburg, will be speaking at the opening of the programme at LSE on October 9.

This event will be webcast live on LSE website. Read more about it here

Live Webcast – Russia in the World