Introduction | Online Newsletter | Durham Volume | New Works of Interest | RIP Viktor Zhivov | Hoddesdon Meeting 2014 | Leuven Conference 2014 | ВИВЛИОθИКА e-Journal | Raeff Book Prize | Bristol 'French in Russia' Project | LSE Early Career Fellowships
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. The website has a number of functions:
- to provide members with news about meetings, conferences and relevant publications
- to carry information for the wider academic community about the Study Group's activities
- to archive and digitise the contents of the Study Group's Newsletter for wider academic accessibility
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.
The new, online, version of the Study Gorup 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 will now provide 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).
I am very pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, which is entitled History and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Russia. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
Recent months have seen the publication of several new works by Study Group members that may be of interest to others.
Paul Keenan, St Petersburg and the Russian Court, 1703-1761 (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2013)
Robert Jones, Bread Upon the Water: The St Petersburg Grain Trade and the Russian Economy, 1703-1811 (University of Pittsburgh Press: Pittsburgh, PA, 2013)
Steven Usitalo, The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth (Academic Studies Press: Brighton, MA, 2013)
Emmanuel Waegemans, Царь в Республике. Второе путешествие Петра Великого в Нидерланды (1716-1717) (Эвропейский дом: St Petersburg, 2013)
I am sorry to report that Professor Viktor M. Zhivov passed away, following a period of illness, on 17 April. His work on language and culture in pre-modern Russia has had a major impact on scholarship in our field across a range of academic disciplines. While this work provides a lasting and fitting legacy for a leading specialist, he will be greatly missed as a colleague and, for those who knew him well, a friend.
The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January 2014 at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
A copy of the finalised programme and the registration form is now available.
The format of meetings 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.
We particularly welcome the participation of postgraduate students. For those PhD students who wish to give a paper at the meeting, there are a limited number of subsidized places available each year. They should contact the organiser directly (see below) for more details.
The cost for three days' meals and accommodation in a standard room (without en-suite bathroom) and conference fee is £145. A limited number of ensuite rooms are available for £185.
Any enquiries about the Hoddesdon meeting should be directed to Erin McBurney.
The 2014 International Conference will take place in Leuven, from Thursday 17 July to Tuesday 22 July 2014. It is being organised by Emmanuel Waegemans, of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and Hans von Koningsbrugge, of the State University of Groningen (The Netherlands).
All guests will be lodged in student houses in the very centre of the town. Details of these student houses will appear on this website as soon as possible. The all-in price for all participants – speakers, non-speakers and partners – is €450 per person. This all-in price includes: bed and breakfast for five nights (17-21 July); 2 x coffee/tea, lunch and supper; an excursion around Leuven; an excursion (by bus), including entrance fees and guides; a reception with Belgian beers (on the second evening); a special evening meal; the group photograph.
The conference currently has thirteen panels and, because of the large number of proposals, a list of speakers in reserve. For further details on the draft conference programme, including the panels, speakers and provisional titles, and guidance on how to pay for the conference, please consult the 2014 Leuven conference homepage.
Please note that to guarantee a place on the programme, payment must be made in full by 1 November 2013.
Any enquiries about the conference should be addressed to Emmanuel Waegemans.
The inaugural 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. The contributions to this volume focus on the French language in Russia, particularly in education.
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 second 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
The Eighteenth Century Russian Studies Association, an affiliate organization of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), is now accepting submissions for the 3rd Annual Marc Raeff Book Prize. The Raeff Book Prize will be awarded annually for a publication that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for understanding Imperial Russia, particularly during the long eighteenth-century. The recipient of the award will be recognized with a cash prize, which will be presented in November 2013, during the ASEEES annual convention. The award is sponsored by the ECRSA and named in honor of Marc Raeff (1923-2008), historian, teacher, and dix-huitièmiste par excellence.
The 2012 Raeff Book Prize was awarded to Marcus Levitt, professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California (USA), for his book The Visual Dominant in Eighteenth-Century Russia (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011). There were a total of ten (10) entries for the prize in 2012 from both Russia and the United States, which covered such diverse fields as history, literary studies, bibliography, and musicology. The winning book presents an original attempt to reconsider eighteenth-century Russian culture from the perspective of a typical Enlightenment principle, namely, the importance of vision for the development of knowledge. Levitt investigates the relevance of what he calls the "visual dominant" across various different literary genres (odes, autobiographies, prose) as well as in Russian cultural life more generally. His meticulous research, which is characterized by methodological sophistication and a vast knowledge of the European cultural context, reveals the complex interaction between the new ocularcentric paradigm adopted from the West and the more traditional Orthodox emphasis on the importance of vision. The book not only suggests new lines of research on iconic figures like Radishchev and Dashkova, but also illustrates how the study of eighteenth-century art and literature can shed new light on the development of modern Russian culture.
Click here to download guidance on assessing a book's eligibility, the procedure for nominating books and contact information for the Selection Committee.
The French Language in Russia project, based at the University of Bristol under Professor Derek Offord, has now launched its corpus of online texts through its website. Members are invited to visit this website and make use of what promises to be an invaluable resource.
The London School of Economics has successfully run a series of fellowships on an annual between 2009 and 2013 for young Russian historians from regional universities. The next academic year, 2014-15, will be the last round of these fellowships and any potential candidates are encouraged to apply before the end of the programme this academic year (i.e. 2013-14).
The fellowships are aimed at early career historians who hold full-time academic positions in Russian regional universities. The area of specialisation should be within the period between 1700 and 1917, with preference given to scholars specialising in the history of Russian international relations, broadly defined. Candidates should make clear in their application how their work would benefit from working in British libraries and archives.
Further information and application forms can be found on the LSE Paulsen Fellowship Programme web-site.