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Ekaterina Kalemeneva

  • Ekaterina Kalemeneva has been at HSE University since 2017.

Education and Degrees

  • 2019

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)
    HSE University

  • 2017

    Doctoral programme in History
    HSE University, School of history

  • 2017

    Doctoral programme
    HSE University, School of history

  • 2013

    Master's in History
    European University in St. Petersburg, history

  • 2011

    Lomonosov Northern Arctic Federal University

  • 2011

    Degree in History
    Northern Arctic Federal University, history

  • MA, Department of History, European University at St.Petersburg, 2013

* 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.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

Additional Education

March - June,  2016          Visiting Researcher,  Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

2014 (Spring term)  Venice International University, Globalization program 

2013 - 2014             European University at St.Petersburg, Postgraduate program


Postgraduate Studies

Dissertation title: “Making the Arctic Comfortable: Changes in Urbanization Models
for the Soviet Far North in the 1950s-1960s”

Supevisor: Julia Lajus

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers" (2020)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2016/2017)

Historical Urban Studies (Bachelor’s programme; School of Arts and Humanities; 1 year, 3, 4 module)Rus


2016 – 2018    Collective research project “Natural Resources in History of Russia: Economic Institutes, Communities of Experts and Infrastructures”, funded by Russian Science foundation. Project leader Julia Lajus

September 2016  -  field reseach on Spitzbergen in the framework of the 3rd  part of the research project Sustainable Communities and the Legacies of Mining in the Nordic Arctic, funded by Nordregio and based at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

2016             participant of the collective research project "Moving of the material in history: the role of natural resource, materials and goods in institutional and infrastructural development"

2015                participant of the research project "History of technology and infrastructure in Russia and the USSR: processes and practices of standardization and their participants"

2014 - 2017  International research project "Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development - New governance for sustainable development in the european Arctic".

2011 – 2013     International Research Project "Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources, and Governance", funded by Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research MISTRA, Sweden ( project leader Sverker Sorlin).





  • 2019
    Общероссийская конференция ВДНХ XIII (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: “Обычные города” в необычном пространстве: дискуссии ленинградских архитекторов о создании городов на Крайнем Севере в годы Оттепели
  • 2018
    Пространства и общества арктического побережья России накануне новой эпохи развития Северного морского пути (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Смена моделей освоения советского Севера в 1950-е гг. Случай Комиссии по проблемам Севера АН СССР
  • Полярные Чтения - 2018 (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Модернизм в арктическом ландшафте: разработка экспериментальных принципов создания жилой среды в северных городах в 1960-е гг.
  • Transformations of the Urban. Global Perspectives on the History of Industrial Cities (Moscow). Presentation: From the “conquest of the land of snow“ to the “happy cities of youth“: transformations of the urban models in the Soviet Far North in the 1960s
  • 2017
    Архитектурные аспекты освоения Крайнего Севера (Москва). Presentation: Разработка нового типа поселений на Крайнем Севере СССР в 1960-е годы
  • High Altitudes meet High Latitudes: Globalizing Polar Issues (Crans-Montana). Presentation: Remoteness and infrastructure: knowing, living and imagining the environments of polar and alpine regions
  • ASEEES Annual Convention (Chicago). Presentation: Living Urban in the Soviet Arctic
  • 2016
    Technology, natural resources and crises in the past and present of Europe and beyond (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: The Thaw in the Soviet Arctic: constructing ‘a new Soviet city’ in the Far North (the case of town of Mirnyi)
  • 2015
    Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe (Будапешт). Presentation: Changes in Urbanization models in the Soviet Arctic, 1950-1970s
  • 7th Plenary Tensions of Europe Conference "Technology – Nature – Environment" (Стокгольм). Presentation: Colonizing, Exploiting, Domesticating: Changes of the Discourses and Practices of the Soviet Arctic urban development, 1930-1970
  • Waterscapes and Historic Canals as a Cultural Heritage (Венеция). Presentation: Adapting Northern Nature: the Development of the Canal System of Solovetsky Monastery through centuries
  • Living Cities of the Second World (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Making the Arctic Comfortable: Leningrad Architects in Search of Northern Urban Planning
  • Natural resources, Landscape and Climate in History of Russia and Neighboring countries (Saint Petersburg). Presentation: Climate as an enemy and as a resource: Soviet northern urbanism
  • 9th Annual conference VDNKh (Выставка достижений научного хозяйства) (Saint Petersburg). Presentation: Arctic Utopias: Modernism on the Frozen Edge
  • 2014
    Urban Environment and Technological control in History (Венеция). Presentation: Arctic climate and the Soviet architects
  • 2013
    Седьмая общеуниверситетская конференция "Выставка достижений научного хозяйства" (ВДНХ-7) (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Возможна ли северная архитектура? Разработка нового типа поселений на Крайнем Севере СССР в 1960-е годы
  • 11th Annual meeting of the Association for the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility (T2M ) “Transport and borders” (Коувола). Presentation: Broadening the borders of human-built environment in the Soviet North: new architectural designs and city planning in the second half of the 20 century
  • 6th Plenary Tensions of Europe Conference “Democracy and Technology: Europe in Tension from 19th to 21st Century” (Париж). Presentation: Encounters of central and local experts' vision on city planning in the Soviet Arctic in the middle of the 20 century
  • Annual conference of the European Society for Environmental History (Мюнхен). Presentation: The Land of the Future: Changes in urban planning at the Soviet Arctic in the 1960s
  • 2012
    Выставка достижений научного хозяйства (ВДНХ-VI) (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Выступление на Круглом столе "История технологий: современные направления исследований"
  • Арктическая зона Российской Федерации: Северо-Восточный вектор развития (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Урбанистическое будущее Крайнего Севера: советские градостроительные проекты
  • 55th Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (Копенгаген). Presentation: Technology Design, City Planning, and Northern Environment at the Soviet Arctic
  • Science-fiction across media. Alternative Histories, Alien Futures (Умео). Presentation: Domed cities: between sci-fi and reality?
  • «Конструируя «советское»? Политическое сознание, повседневные практики, новые идентичности». (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: «Земля будущего»: проекты строительства крытых городов на Крайнем Севере СССР в 1950-1960-е годы
  • 2011
    Власть и общество в России – жизнь и государственная деятельность П.А.Столыпина (Самара). Presentation: Скандал в ”благородном семействе”: причины дискуссии вокруг сборника «Вехи» в 1909 году

Employment history

2016 - till present - Senior Lecturer, Department of History, National Research University Higher School of Economics

2015 - till present  -   junior researcher, Laboratory for environmental and technological history, National Research University Higher School of Economics

2013 - 2015  -  research assistant, Centre for Historical Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics

2007 - 2014  tour-guide, Solovetsky state museum 

'City Legends': Historian Ekaterina Kalemeneva on Her Favourite Places in St Petersburg

There are plenty of unexpected sides to St Petersburg: it is a city of writers, poets, architects, rock musicians and their admirers... It is multi-layered, but it always has a soul. Ekaterina Kalemeneva, Senior Lecturer at the Department of History, takes us on a textual walk around the city to find out where the biggest Beatles fan in the USSR lived, what Nabokov and Leningrad architects have in common, and where to find vinyl records.

Seminar of the Laboratory for the Environmental and Technological History and the presentation of the recently published book: 
Moon, David, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Alexandra Bekasova, eds. Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History. Winwick, Cambridgeshire: The White Horse Press, 2021.

26 March 2021, 18:00 at the seminar of the Laboratory for the Environmental and Technological History (St. Petersburg School of Arts and Humanities HSE SPb)  – the presentation of the recently published book: Moon, David, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Alexandra Bekasova, eds. Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History. Winwick, Cambridgeshire: The White Horse Press, 2021.Presenters: Alexandra Bekasova, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, Ekaterina Kalemeneva, Elena Kochetkova, Julia Lajus, David Moon and other authors. This collective monograph is one of the results of a networking project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK) carried out in 2013-2016, in which many researchers of the Laboratory participated. The project team carried out several research trips to different parts of Russia that are important for studying the history of the relationship between people and nature: the Solovetsky Islands, Lake Baikal, the Perm region and the Urals.

International Opportunities Online: Joint Courses Bring HSE’s and International Students Together

Call for Applications for the development and delivery of joint online courses with international partner universities completed at HSE University — St. Petersburg at the end of December. Now students of five educational programmes can take courses developed by lecturers from HSE and partner universities. Students of partner universities will take the courses along with students of HSE University — St. Petersburg.

Season's Greetings from Alexander Semyonov, Chair of the Department of History

Turning times: Russia and Germany, 1980 – 2000”: a joint course organized by the Department of History and Humboldt University

In the first weeks of May and June the Department of History, Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg and  Humboldt University in Berlin will organize a joint course “Turning times: Russia and Germany, 1980 – 2000” for students from both Universities.