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.

How to Join

Enquiries about membership of the Study Group and the Newsletter should be sent to the Study Group's Secretary:

Dr Paul Keenan,
Department of International History,
London School of Economics and Political Science,
Houghton Street,
London WC2A 2AE,
United Kingdom.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no longer any membership charge for joining the Study Group. Membership will simply entail joining the Study Group's mailing list and receiving information about its activities, including the annual meeting and the international conference.

2023 Meeting of the Study Group

The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Tuesday 3rd January until Thursday 5th January 2023. Details of the meeting, including a draft programme, will be circulated on the SGECR's mailing list in due course. Anyone who is interested in giving a paper at the meeting should contact the organiser, Paul Keenan.

The programme for the last (2022) meeting can be viewed using this link.

XI International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, 2023

The Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia welcomes proposals for contributions to the XI International Conference of the Study Group, which will be held online in early July 2023. The provisional dates for the conference are Friday 7th July to Wednesday 12th July, but this is subject to confirmation.

Proposals from Study Group members should take one of two preferred forms:
a) an individual paper, where the speaker should provide their (provisional) title and a brief summary of its content/argument (of no more than 250 words).
b) a themed panel of three papers, where the organiser (not necessarily the proposed chair) of the panel should give the names of the contributors (who will ideally come from more than one country), the titles of their papers, and summaries of each paper (again, of not more than 250 words).

Members should not propose more than one themed panel or more than one individual paper.

Proposals can be submitted in either English or Russian.

Proposals should be sent to the conference email address – – by no later than 30 September 2022.

Publication of Volume to Celebrate the Scholarship of Will Ryan

A special volume has been published to celebrate the work of Will Ryan, entitled Magic, Texts and Travels: Homage to a Scholar, Will Ryan (SGECR: London, 2021). It has a strong set of international scholars on a range of very interesting subjects across the medieval and early modern period.

Further details of its contents can be found on our Publications page.

Copies are are £25 (plus postage) and are available on demand through Amazon: NB. postage will vary according to your location.

Publications News: SGECR Occasional Series

The Study Group is pleased to announce a new Occasional Series, which will provide the Group with a means to publish extended pieces of scholarly research. The latest publication in this Series is Anthony Cross, A Chronological Listing of Publications, 1964-2019.

The Series also includes the late Robert Dimsdale's research on inoculation during the later eighteenth century, entitled Mixed Blessing: The Impact of Suttonian Smallpox Inoculation in the later Eighteenth Century and the posthumous publication of the late Lucjan Lewitter's final manuscript, entitled Eclipsis Poloniae, which examines the relationship between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. All of these works can be found through the SGECR's Publications page.

ВИВЛИОθИКА Volume 9 (2021)

Volume 9 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. This volume has a special section devoted to digital humanities projects, as well as articles and two pieces of translation by Marcus Levitt.

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 next 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

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