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.

2017 Meeting of the Study Group

The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th January 2017 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. 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.

Call for Papers: X International Conference, Strasbourg, July 2018

The Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia welcomes proposals for contributions to the X International Conference of the Study Group, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. This conference will be held in Strasbourg, France, from Friday 6 July until Wednesday 11 July 2018.

The conference will be organised around 15 90-minute panels, each consisting of three 20-minute papers, with the rest of the allotted time for questions and discussion.

Proposals from members should take one of two 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 (of not more than 250 words)

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

The working languages of the conference will be English and Russian; proposals should be submitted in either of these two languages.

Proposals should be sent to the conference email address – no later than 31 January 2017.

Please note, once all proposals (whether panels or papers) have been submitted, they will be considered together by the conference organisers with a aim of creating a draft programme that reflects the breadth and innovation of the research undertaken by colleagues who work on eighteenth-century Russia. It should be stressed that the process will not simply be a “first come, first served”. With the commitment to hold plenary sessions, rather than in parallel, this conference is an important opportunity to reflect the interdisciplinary and collaborative spirt of the Study Group in its anniversary year. At the same time, spaces are necessarily limited and members are asked for their understanding if there have to be some negotiations or compromises in drafting (and subsequently finalising) the conference programme.

2) FEE
There is a conference fee of €50, which covers the cost of attendance, a cocktail reception, the various excursions, and the conference banquet. A spouse/partner rate of €40 is also available.

The DHI Moskau and the Study Group have some funds available to support travel and/or accommodation for members who, lacking institutional or other sources of funding, would otherwise be unable to participate in the conference. Once the paper and panel proposals have been assessed, and the draft programme has been circulated, applications for these funds will be welcome.

Please note that the conference fee does not include accommodation costs or meals (with the exception of the conference banquet). As previously proposed by the conference organisers, and agreed at the Group’s annual meeting, a list of accommodation options in areas close to the conference venue (and in several price brackets) will be circulated in advance so that conference attendees can find affordable rooms that best suit their needs. Likewise, there are many places to eat within easy distance of the conference venue.

Updates on the conference will be published at:

Any questions should be raised through the conference email address:

Michelle Marrese (1964-2016)

I am sorry to announce the very sad news about our colleague Michelle Marrese, who died in New York in mid October 2016. She was 52. Most, if not all of you will be familiar with her impressive scholarship, especially her monograph on women and property in Imperial Russia, A Woman's Kingdom: Noblewomen and the Control of Property in Russia, 1700–1861 (2002). She will be greatly missed.

Proceedings from Previous International Conferences

The proceedings of the VIII and IX International Conferences of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia are still available to order using the links below:

Leuven, 2014: 'A Century Mad and Wise': Russia in the Age of Enlightenment.

Leuven Conference Proceedings

Durham 2009: History and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Russia

Durham Conference Proceedings

Publication of Festschrift for Gary Marker

I am very pleased to announce that a festschrift in honour of Gary Marker has been published, entitled Word and Image in Russian History: Essays in Honour of Gary Marker (Academic Studies Press, 2015). It has a very impressive line-up of contributors and I’m sure that it will be of interest to many of our members. Details can be found on our Publications page and on the publisher's website, from which it can be ordered.

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

New Volume of the Study Group Newsletter Now Available

The third 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).

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

Professor Anthony Cross published 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 2014. A print copy can be ordered now through the publisher's website Open Book Publishers. The work is also available online, either through the publisher's site or in a socially-edited version (enhanced with input from users) via Wikiversity.

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