Irina M. Savelieva
- Director:Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities
- Professor:Faculty of Humanities / School of History
- Tenured Professor
- Distinguished Professor (2019)
- Member of the HSE Academic Council
- Irina M. Savelieva has been at HSE since 2002.
Education and Degrees
Doctor of Sciences* in Historical Sciences and Archaeology
Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR
Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Historical Sciences and Archaeology
Degree in History
Lomonosov Moscow State University
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.
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
Student Term / Thesis Papers
I. Nasirov «Scientific Analysis of the Past in the Theory of Kondratieff's Large Cycles». Faculty of Humanities, 2018
A. Lixaczkij «Reсeption of Western Theories of Historical Science in Russian Periodical and Serial Publications (1988 – 2002)». Faculty of History, 2014
- Research Seminar (Master’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; programme "Cultural and Intellectual History: Between East and West"; 2 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Research Seminar "Anthropological Aspects of the Political History of Nineteenth-century Russia" (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; programme "History"; 1 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Research Seminar "A Social History of Pre-Petrine Russia (10-17th Centuries): Groups, Interests, and Hierarchies" (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; programme "History"; 1 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Research Seminar "Eastern Europe in XIX - XX Сenturies: Search for the Development Path" (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; programme "History"; 1 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Research Seminar "History of University Culture" (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; programme "History"; 1 year, 1-4 module)Rus
Editorial board membership
2013: Member of the Editorial Board, Новая и новейшая история.
2012: Member of the Editorial Board, Исторический журнал: научные исследования.
2009: Member of the Editorial Board, Социологическое обозрение (Russian Sociological Review).
2002: Member of the Editorial Board, Диалог со временем (Dialog so Vremenem).
- 2014A 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
- 2013Les 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)
The head of IGITI Irina Savelieva has participated in the conference "The Risk of Freedom", organized by the University of Warsaw.
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."
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.