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.

2018 Meeting of the Study Group

The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th January 2018 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 for two nights in a standard room (without en-suite bathroom) and conference fee is £155. Ensuite rooms are available for £200.

The programme for the Hoddesdon meeting is available as a pdf file.

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.

Tenth International Conference, Strasbourg, July 2018

The Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2018 and the international conference (the tenth in the Group's history) will be held to commemorate this occasion. The conference will be held in Strasbourg, France, from Friday 6 July until Wednesday 11 July 2018. The following information is for those planning to attend and participate in the conference.

The conference will be held in the Palais Universitaire Strasbourg. Its location can be found on this map.

The conference panels will be organised around three/four 20-minute papers. The organisers were very pleased to receive a very large number of proposals for panels and individual papers (over 140 in total). In order to accommodate as many as possible, the format of the conference has been changed from the traditional plenary-only model to three parallel sessions. Conference rooms and timings will allow for delegates to move between session during the breaks throughout the day.
NB. The draft programme is now available as a .pdf file.

2) FEE
The considerable number of participants has meant that the organisers have had to increase the conference fee for delegates from the initial figure of €50 to a revised figure of €70. This conference fee covers the cost of attendance, a cocktail reception, the various excursions, and the conference banquet. The lower spouse/partner rate is still available, but it has been raised from €40 to €50.

The German Historical Institute in Moscow (DHI Moskau) will provide 15 travel grants to scholars from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus participating in this conference. Each grant will cover transport and/or accommodation expenses (strictly limited to €400) and the registration fee (€70). Early career scholars and scholars affiliated to universities which do not offer travel grants will be given priority. Transport/accommodation expenses will be reimbursed after the conference on presentation of receipts. The registration fee will be paid by the DHI Moskau directly to the conference organizers. To apply, please write to: Vladislav Rjeoutski. Please note, the deadline for applications is 31 March 2018.

Any delegate who requires a letter to confirm their invitation to particpate in the conference, whether for visa purposes or in order to secure funding, should write to Rodolphe Baudin directly.

Please note that the conference fee does not include accommodation costs or meals (with the exception of the conference cocktail reception and banquet). As previously proposed by the conference organisers, and agreed at the Group’s annual meeting, the organisers have drawn up a list of accommodation options in areas close to the conference venue (and in several price brackets) 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. This list is now available as a .pdf file.

Updates on the conference will also be published at:

Any questions should be raised through the conference email address:

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 first publication in the new Series is 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. The second is 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. Both of these works can be found through the SGECR's Publications page.

New Volume of the Study Group Newsletter Now Available

The fifth 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 5 (2017)

The fourth 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 theme of this volume is Protestantism in Russia during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The volume is guest edited by Ingrid Schierle.

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

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.

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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