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Feodor Uspenskij

  • Feodor Uspenskij has been at HSE University since 2012.

Academic biography

Dr Feodor Uspenskij is a historian with an extensive background in Germanic and Slavic linguistics. After an in-depth training in romance and germanic philology at the Moscow State Lomonosov University, he has been a leading research fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences (a Correspondent Member since 2016).

Feodor's doctoral thesis (Russian Academy of Sciences) was on linguistic and cultural contacts between Slavic and Scandinavian states; he carried on with this topic in his Habilitation work on the dynastic names in Rus' and Scandinavia.

Feodor joined HSE in 2012. He is General editor of Slověne. International Journal of Slavic Studies

Research interests

Dr Uspenskij has continuously explored the topic of cultural and political contacts bewteen medieval Scandinavia and the nascent Russian state (Rus'). In multiple studies, he has approached the questions of dynastic and institutional continuity between Scandinavian and Russian ruling elites. Patterns of power manipulation made through the choice of dynastic names, both in Rus' and Scandinavia, has been at the centre of his studies.

Alongside the lasting interest in Russian-Scandinavian contacts, Feodor has worked on Russian political history and literature–from medieval times to modernity.



Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2016
    Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 2005

    Doctor of Sciences*

  • 2000

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1996

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Winner of the HSE University Best Russian Research Paper Competition – 2023

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

Editorial board membership

2012: Editor-in-chief, Slověne. International Journal of Slavic Studies (Slovene).


  • 2015
    Культ святых в средневековой христианской культуре Запада и Востока Европы: религиозное, политическое, социальное (Москва). Presentation: Симеон Трирский и следы его почитания на Руси XI в.
  • Обман как повседневная практика. Индивидуальные и коллективные стратегии поведения (Москва). Presentation: Варяг Якун и его золотая луда: Что случилось на исходе Лиственской битвы в 1024 г.
  • 2014
    Polska, Ruś i Węgry X-XIV wieku w stosunkach międzynarodowych (Варшава). Presentation: Рюриковичи и половцы в XII в.
  • Вторая международная школа молодых медиевистов "Динамичное Средневековье" (Москва). Presentation: Pagan Ancestors and Baptized Offsprings: the Dynamic of Family Cult in Medieval Russia and Scandinavia
  • Rus a Stredná Európa v 11.-14. storočí. Presentation: Рюриковичи и половцы в XII в.: Династические браки и обмен именами
  • История русского языка и культуры: конференция памяти В. М. Живова (Москва). Presentation: Отцы и дети: зачем они были нужны друг другу у домонгольских Рюриковичей?
  • Международная конференция «Славяне и их соседи. ХХVII конференция памяти В.Д. Королюка: Рассказы о путешествиях, паломничествах, миграциях в источниках Средних веков и раннего Нового времени» (Москва). Presentation: К этимологии названий днепровских порогов у Константина Багрянородного: βράσμα νερου
  • Культ святых в средневековой христианской культуре Запада и Востока Европы: религиозное, политическое, социальное (Москва). Presentation: К характеристике культа святых в династии Рюриковичей XI-XII вв.


HSE Researchers Become Members of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

On October 28, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) held a meeting to announce the results of elections of new members: 176 scholars were selected as academicians, and 323 scholars as corresponding members. HSE researchers are among the new RAS members.

Three HSE Journals to Be Indexed by Scopus

Three HSE journals — Public Administration Issues (Voprosy Gosudarstvennogo i Munitsypal’nogo Upravleniya), Psychology. Journal of the Higher School of Economics (Psychologiya. Zhurnal Vysshey Shkoly Economiki) and The Russian Sociological Review (Sociologicheskoye Obozreniye) — are to be indexed by Scopus. The editorial boards of these journals have already been officially notified by Elsevier.

‘As long as we think about the Middle Ages as a dark time, we will remain dark ourselves’

Every era builds its own version of the Middle Ages, and the modern age is no exception. Oleg Voskoboynikov, the youngest full professor at the Higher School of Economics, talks about the reason for the popularity of metaphors that refer to that era, why the ‘Suffering Middle Ages’ group on VKontakte [Russia’s largest social media site — Ed.] is not the same thing as medieval studies and how the desire to be different from everyone else can lead a student to study the Middle Ages.