The workshop for graduate students of Soviet history that the History Department of the European University at Saint Petersburg will be continuing this academic year. The workshop brings together EUSPb students and foreign students currently conducting archival research in Russia and neighboring countries. The primary goal of the workshop is twofold: first, to enrich participants’ research projects and promote an exchange of knowledge about relevant historiographies, theories, methodologies, and archival and other sources; and second, to create a larger and more international academic community for participants, and thus to offer them a network of international contacts on which to draw for intellectual as well as professional ends.
Since the inauguration of the workshop in spring semester 2013, presenters have included doctoral candidates from Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina, Stanford University, Rutgers University, the University of Toronto, Cambridge University, the University of Sheffield, the University of Sienna, the European University Institute in Florence, and the EUSPb. We hope the workshop has proved as useful for the presenters as it has for our students and faculty.
Two workshops will be held in the late fall and two in spring semester 2016. Presenters will be asked to precirculate works in progress, in either English or Russian, such as grant proposals, conference papers, or dissertation chapters. Participation is expressly open to students in other disciplines, including art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and Slavic studies.
Students interested in presenting their work should submit a 300-word English- or Russian-language abstract of their papers and a CV to Anatoly Pinsky by October 1. We also ask that students submit a brief cover letter, identifying the dates they will be in Russia and preferred dates for a presentation at the EUSPb. Funding is available for presenters not based in St. Petersburg for travel within Russia and accommodation near the university. Students who would like to attend the workshop should send along their contact information so we can keep you informed of the schedule and add you to the paper distribution list.