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.

2024 Meeting of the Study Group

The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Tuesday 2nd January until Thursday 4th January 2024 at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The provisional programme can be found here: 2024 Programme

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 online version of the Group's annual Newsletter.

The cost for three days' meals and accommodation for two nights in an ensuite room is £235. Please note that all rooms at High Leigh are now en-suite.

The High Leigh Conference Centre is easily reached by road (on the A10) or train from London (25 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 Dr Paul Keenan.

Publication of Proceedings for 50th Anniversary SGECR International Conference, Strasbourg 2018

The co-editors are pleased to announce the publication of the edited collection, Russia, Europe and the World in the Long Eighteenth-Century (Presses universitaire de Strasbourg: Strasbourg, 2023). This collection brings together a selection of articles presented at the 10th International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, held in Strasbourg in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Study Group’s foundation.

Further details about the edited collection and ordering information is available for sale through the publisher's website.

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 10 (2022)

Volume 10 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 features a special forum on Ukraine in the eighteenth century.

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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