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Irina M. Savelieva

  • Tenured Professor (2006)
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Irina M. Savelieva has been at HSE University since 2002.

Education and Degrees

  • 1991

    Doctor of Sciences* in Historical Sciences and Archaeology
    Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR

  • 1975

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Historical Sciences and Archaeology

  • 1970

    Degree in History
    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.

Fields of interests

  • Methodology of history
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • History of ideas
  • Social history (19th-20th centuries)
  • European and American historiography

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Editorial board membership

  • 2013: Member of the Editorial Board, Новая и новейшая история.

  • 2009: Member of the Editorial Board, Социологическое обозрение (Russian Sociological Review).

  • 2002: Member of the Editorial Board, Диалог со временем (Dialog so Vremenem).

  • 1994–1995: Editor-in-chief, THESIS.


  • 2014
    A Usable Past: Applied and Interdisciplinary History (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Professional practices of historians outside the academy
  • «Стены и мосты» - III: История возникновения и развития идеи междисциплинарности (Москва). Presentation: Таланты и посредники: граница между академической и публичной наукой
  • 2013
    Les sciences humaines et sociales en Russie : invention de langages scientifiques et traduction. Colloque international. Presentation: Débats sur les sens: une communauté non imaginaire de traducteurs de langues occidentales en sciences sociales (années 1990, Russie)

Timetable for today

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Poletayev Institute researchers' papers in Public History Weekly

Thematic issue titled Russian Historians and Public History is focused on discussing public history in Russia.

Poletaev Institute researchers at ASEEES annual conference

Poletaev Institute researchers Irina Savelyeva, Boris Stepanov, Kirill Levinson, Olesya Kirchik, Alexander Dmitriev, Alexandra Kolesnik, and Daria Khlevnyuk presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of East European, Eurasian and Slavonic Studies (ASEEES), held in New Orleans (USA) in person on November 18-20 and online on December 1-3, 2021.

Irina Savelieva participated in the conference "The Risk of Freedom"

The head of IGITI Irina Savelieva has participated in the conference "The Risk of Freedom", organized by the University of Warsaw.

IGITI researchers participated in the conference of the Italian Association of Public History

Irina Savelieva, Boris Stepanov, Kirill Levinson and Alexandra Kolesnik have organized a panel "Shaping Public History in Russia: Forms, Places and Media" at the second conference of the Italian Association of Public History. The conference took place in Pisa, on June 11-15.

Irina Savelieva and Alexandra Kolesnik participated in the international conference on public history in Italy

Irina Savelieva, director of IGITI, and Alexandra Kolesnik, junior research fellow, participated in the annual conference on public history arranged by International Federation for Public History (IFPH-FIHP) and Italian Association of Public History (AIPH) on June 5-9, 2017, in Ravenna (Italy). Irina Savelieva reported on "Public History in Russia: Professional Work, Amateurism, a Hobby, or a ‘Star Fever’ of an Academic Historian?," while Alexandra Kolesnik spoke about "Performing History on Stage: Representations of the Past in British Heavy Metal."

Roger Smith's Lecture on Career in Intellectual History

On April 19, 2017, Roger Smith, British historian of science, professor emeritus of Lancaster University, and an author of "The History of Human Sciences" (1997) gave a lecture on "Career in Intellectual History -- How Changes in the Field Affect Scientist's Work." 

Irina Savelieva and Alexey Rutkevich visited Warsaw University

Irina Savelieva, director of IGITI, and Alexei Rutkevich, dean of the HSE Faculty of Humanities, came to Warsaw University to negotiate for future collaboration between HSE and the Faculty of Artes Liberales.

IGITI's Members at the ASEEES Conference

On November 17-20, 2016, Irina Savelieva, Alexander Dmitriev, Boris Stepanov, and Oksana Zaporozhets took part in the 2016 ASEEES Conference held in Washington D. C. On November 17, they organized and participated in the roundtable "Internationalization of Social Science and Humanities in the History of Russian Science." Additionally, Oksana Zaporozhets was a speaker at the roundtable "Digital Landskapes of Russian Cities: E-governance, Mobility, Activism."

A New Review of the IGITI's Book "The Community of Russian Professors"

A new review of the book "The Community of Russian Professors" ("Soslovie Russkih Professorov") was published in the 6th volume of "Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas" (2016). The book was prepared by IGITI's research fellows and their colleagues from Russia and Europe, and published at HSE in 2013.

IGITI at an International Conference in Köln

On October 7-12, 2016, the international conference "Reviving Visions: Artists and Scholars between East and West" was held at Köln University. From IGITI participated its director, Irina Savelieva, who reported on "Sociological Classics in Contemporary Historical Research: Blind Spots and Instruments" as well as research fellows, Julia Ivanova and Pavel Sokolov, who spoke on "Saint Augustin vs Roland Barthes: Teaching Christian Exegesis Today" and "Early Modern Plagiarism between Philosophy and Jurisprudence," respectively.

Andrey Poletayev Memorial Readings

On September 9, 2016, VI Poletayev Memorial Readings entitled "Natual Sciences and Humanities: New Interaction (Dis)Order" were held at the Higher School of Economics. Among the participants were two guest speakers: Karl Hall from Central European University (Budapest) and Kornelius Borck from Lübeck University (Lübeck).

Irina Savelieva has visited Warsaw University

On July 8, 2016, Irina Savelieva, director of IGITI, presented her paper "Still Alive? Sociological Classics in Contemporary Historical Research" at the conference "Monuments, Relics, and Revivals" at Warsaw University. The paper focuses on sociological classics in historical research of the last 50 years.

A New Reveiew of IGITI books by Michael Gordin

Michael Gordin, professor of Prinston University, has published a new review of the books Russkie Professora (Russian Professors) by Elena Vishlenkova, Rufia Galiullina, and Kira Ilyina, as well as Soslovie Russkih Professorov (The Community of Russian Professors) by Elena Vishkenkova and Irina Savelieva (eds.) in the scholarly journal Kritika: Exploration in Russian and Eurasian History. We are very grateful to professor Gordin for the detailed analysis of our work.

Article by HSE Doctoral Student Published in International Journal

The article ‘Lubyanka Square — Monument of an Unresolved Conflict’ by Alexander Makhov, doctoral student at the School of History (Academic Supervisor – Irina Savelieva) was published in the international scientific journal ‘View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture’. 

Alexander Makhov on the Workshop ‘Historical and Cultural Narratives. Rivalries and Entanglements in Eastern Europe’

From November 12th – 14th, 2015, a workshop on ‘Historical and Cultural Narratives. Rivalries and Entanglements in Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine and Belarus)’ took place at the University of Tübingen. The event attracted researchers from Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The workshop opened on November 12 with lectures by Irina Savelieva, IGITI Director, on ‘Professional History and Public History: Goals and Means of Historical Narratives’ and Tamara Hundorova, Professor of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, on 'Generations in Contemporary Ukrainian Literature’. Alexander Makhov prepared a report about the event.

Article by Irina Savelieva Published in Social Science Front

The article by Irina Savelieva, Director of the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities was published in the Chinese journal ‘Social Science Front’.

Irina Savelieva at the Meeting ‘The Traditions of Mediterranean Humanism and the Challenges of Our Times: the Frontiers of Humanity’ 

Irina Savelieva, Director of the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities took part in the meeting of the International PhD Programme ‘The Traditions of Mediterranean Humanism and the Challenges of Our Times: the Frontiers of Humanity’ that was held on June 9-10 in Warsaw. 

'I Gulped down Ginzburg’s Article with Greedy, Insatiable Pleasure'

On 1st to 3rd June, the remarkable Italian historian and one of the founders of microhistory, Carlo Ginzburg will give a series of open lectures at the HSE. Professor Ginzburg has been invited to Moscow by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI). His translator, Professor at the School of Philosophy, Sergey Kozlov spoke to the HSE News Service about how he was inspired to translate Ginzburg’s work into Russian which led to them becoming firm friends.

‘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.

‘Golden HSE’ — An Opportunity to Show That We See and Appreciate Each Other’s Work

Applications continue to be accepted for the Golden HSE, the university’s main prize. We asked those who have either nominated candidates or who have received the award themselves about what it means for them personally and for the university.

Sociology and History: a Common Interest

The International Summer School ‘Intellectual History vis-a-vis the Sociology of Knowledge: Between Models and Cases,’ organized by HSE’s Poletayev Institute for Historical and Theoretical Studies in the Humanities, has come to an end. Researchers from Russia, England, France, Hungary, the U.S., and Germany discussed general mechanisms concerning the development of socio-humanitarian knowledge, its processes and its decay over the last several centuries.

Evgeny Yasin: ‘The HSE, the New Economic School and Gaidar Institute Are Restoring Research to the Pre-Revolutionary Level in Russia’

Today, HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin celebrates his 80th birthday. The HSE News Service congratulates him, and in honour of the celebration, is publishing an extract from Andrey Kolesnikov’s book ‘Dialogues with Evgeny Yasin’.