Welcome to the official website of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, an association of academics and scholars whose research interests are related to the Russian empire during the 'long' eighteenth century - that is, from the start of Peter I's reign in 1682 to the death of Alexander I in 1825.

As with any website, any contributions, comments or corrections are very welcome - please use the following link, which you will also find at the bottom of a number of pages.

2016 Meeting of the Study Group

The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th January 2016 at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The format of this annual meeting allows a generous 45-50 minutes per paper, which provides an excellent opportunity for discussion and feedback from an international audience. The languages are English and Russian. Synopses of papers presented will be published in the new online version of the Group's annual Newsletter.

The cost for three days' meals and accommodation in a standard room (without en-suite bathroom) and conference fee is £150. A limited number of ensuite rooms are available for £195.

The High Leigh Conference Centre is easily reached by road (on the A10) or train from London (20 minutes from Liverpool Street Station) or from Stansted Airport. Click here for a map of the area.

Any enquiries about the Hoddesdon meeting should be directed to Paul Keenan.

Publication of Leuven Conference Proceedings

I am very pleased to announce the publication of the proceedings of the IX International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, which is entitled 'A Century Mad and Wise': Russia in the Age of Enlightenment.

Leuven Conference Proceedings

These lines, taken from Aleksandr Radishchev’s poem, “The Eighteenth Century” (1801-2), depicted that age as “a century mad and wise,” a time of Enlightenment and bloodshed, creation and destruction, progress and retrogress. Its very form, an attempt to reproduce the classical elegiac distich, suggested both Romantic innovation and Classical authenticity.

These lines also furnish the title of this volume on Russia in the Age of the Enlightenment, Papers from the IX International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, which was held in July 2014 at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Scholars from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States gathered to present their findings which cover a spectrum of issues that span the age of Peter, Catherine and Alexander. These include studies of literature; opera; folk prints; gastronomy; trade and economics; sociology; jurisprudence; diplomacy; travel and exploration; religious, imperial and Masonic discourse; painting and art collecting; and popular entertainments. As Radishchev’s poem suggested, they describe an age of both wonders and contrasts, ingenuity and mysticism, initiations and failures.

It can be pre-ordered now through the publisher's website.

New Volume of the Study Group Newsletter Now Available

The second volume of the new, online version of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter is now available to all members through the Newsletter page. The editors would like to thank the contributors for their prompt replies and patience during the editing process. The online newsletter provides a means to publish the synopses of papers from each year's Hoddesdon meeting and any short notes or documents that Study Group members may wish to disseminate. Longer research articles should instead be submitted to ВИВЛИОθИКА (see the journal home page or the news item below for further details).

ВИВЛИОθИКА Volume 3 (2015)

The third volume of the ECRSA’s new peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary, open-access journal, ВИВЛИОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies, is now available through the journal's homepage.

ВИВЛИОθИКА is devoted to the culture and history of the Russian Empire (broadly defined to include all the ethnicities, nationalities, and confessions within and around its shifting borders) during ‘the long eighteenth century’ (1660-1830). The journal is open to submissions in all relevant disciplines and in all the major languages in which eighteenth-century Russian studies is researched. It is intended to provide a forum for the promotion, dissemination and critical analysis of original scholarly research on eighteenth-century Russian studies, based on a spirit of internationalism and a belief in the principle of accessibility.

Authors interested in submitting items for inclusion in the fourth volume should consult the submission guidelines on the journal’s website. Inquiries can also be addressed to individual members of the journal’s editorial board

Publication of Cross Annotated Bibliography on Foreign Travellers to the Russian Empire

Professor Anthony Cross will publish his long-term bibliographical project, entitled In the Lands of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography of First-hand English-language Accounts of the Russian Empire (1613-1917), in April 2014. A print copy can be ordered now through the publisher's website Open Book Publishers. The work can also be read online, through the publisher's site and Google Books.

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