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Alexey Vdovin

  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Alexey Vdovin has been at HSE University since 2012.

Education and Degrees

  • 2011

    University of Tartu
    Thesis Title: The Concept of "Head of Literature" in the Russian Literary Criticism of the 1830-60s

  • 2007

    Vyatka State University of Humanities

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

August 30 - September 27, 2020 - online course "Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects" (Coursera, McMaster University, UC San Diego), with sertificate.

February 25 - March 10, 2019 - visiting fellow, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, UK

August 27-29, 2018 - The 21th Fulbright Summer School, Moscow State University (speaker)

October 15  - November 29 2017 - visiting scholar, Jordan Center, New York University

June 25 - July 25, 2016 - visiting research fellow, Institut fuer Slawistik, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany

March 30 - April 22, 2016 - scholar-in-residence at Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington (USA)

November 1-30, 2015 - visiting research fellow, Institut fuer Slawistik, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2016-2017)
Category "New Lecturers" (2013-2014)


The Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

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Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Courses (2015/2016)




Chapters in books31

Working Papers2



Other publications1

Article Vdovin A., Pavel Uspenskij. “First Love Is Exactly Like Revolution”: Intimacy as Political Allegory in the Ivan Turgenev’s Novella Spring Torrents // Slavic Review. 2021. Vol. XXX. No. XXX. P. XXX-XXX. (in press)

Editorial board membership

  • Member of editorial board of 'Russian Literature' (Amsterdam)

  • 2016: Member of the Editorial Board, Russian Literature.


  • 2020
    Теории и практики литературного мастерства (Москва, НИУ ВШЭ ). Presentation: Крестьянские голоса: стилизация речи простонародья в русской прозе 1850-х
  • ИНСТИТУТЫ ЛИТЕРАТУРЫ И ГОСУДАРСТВЕННАЯ ВЛАСТЬ В РОССИИ XIX ВЕКА (Санкт-Петербург , ИРЛИ РАН). Presentation: Институциональный ресурс и индустрия хрестоматий в имперской России (на примере "Русской хрестоматии" А.Д. Галахова).
  • Sawchen Lecture Series (Vancouver , Canada, University of British Columbia ). Presentation: Towards the Corpus of the Russian Novel, 1800-1917
  • 2019
    ASEEES 2019 (Сан Франциско ). Presentation: How the Russian Novel Came to School: Curriculum and Literary Canon in Late Imperial Russia
  • Canon? Practice? Commodity? The Past, Present and Future of the Literary Anthology’ (Лондон). Presentation: The Russian Literary Canon As Seen from School: А Distant Reading of 130 School Anthologies and Reading Books, 1805-1917
  • 2018
    Международные Лотмановские чтения (Москва). Presentation: Статьи Н.Н. Страхова о Толстом и проблема литературной иерархии в русской критике 1860-70-х годов
  • Лев Толстой и пресса его времени (Варшава ). Presentation: Статьи Н.Н. Страхова о Толстом и проблема литературной иерархии в русской критике 1860-70-х годов
  • 2015
    Некрасов в контексте русской культуры (Ярославль). Presentation: Пьяницы, уродцы, пророки: крестьяне в романе Некрасова "Тонкий человек" и литературная традиция
  • Социальные практики литературы: роль институтов в истории русской литературы (Москва). Presentation: Морское министерство и русские писатели: к истории государственных литературных проектов середины XIX века
  • 2014
    XXXVII Некрасовская конференция (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Некрасов и Кольцов: об одном источнике "Несжатой полосы"
  • Лотмановский семинар (Тарту). Presentation: Мода на "русскость": великий князь Константин Николаевич и писатели в 1855 году
  • VI Лотмановские дни в Таллинском университете (Таллин). Presentation: Биография ученого, наука и национализм в России 1850-х годов (Почему Тимофея Грановского считали «плохим ученым»?)
  • Лев Толстой и мировая литература (Ясная Поляна). Presentation: Власть денег: сюжет "Поликушки" Толстого в контексте прозы о простонародье 1850-х годов
  • Гончаров после "Обломова" (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Адуев-старший, Обломов, Хлестаков: стратегии репрезентации денежных вопросов в письмах позднего Гончарова
  • 2013
    Лотмановский семинар (Тарту). Presentation: Литературная экономика Ивана Гончарова
  • Russian Myth in Transition / Русский миф в его развитии (Тарту). Presentation: "Что ты спишь, мужичок?" Стихотворение А. Кольцова и споры о русскости в XIX веке
  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 45th Annual Convention (Boston). Presentation: Russian Writers as Orientalists in the Service of Empire: Reconsidering the "Literary Expedition" of Naval Ministry,1855-1861

Timetable for today

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‘Projects Will Bring Research Teams Together’

A number of new projects will form the basis of the educational and scholarly activity at HSE’s School of Philology. These projects will allow the School to expand its scholarly breadth, consolidate its active research teams, and engage new colleagues in collaboration. HSE News Service spoke with School Head Evgeny Kazartsev about the new projects, their anticipated outcomes, and what changes will need to be made in order to bring them to fruition.

Young HSE Researchers Receive Awards from Moscow Government

The Moscow Government has presented various awards to several young HSE researchers - Aigul Mavletova, Evgeny Feigin and Alexey Vdovin.

HSE School of Philology Researchers at ASEEES Conference in Washington

Elena Zemskova, Elena Ostrovskaya, Maya Kucherskaya, Alexey Vdovin, and Pavel Nerler spoke on various aspects of the history of Russian literature and culture.

Alexey Vdovin's Talk at Yale University

Professor Vdovin to Give a Talk at Yale Conference "The Russian Century"

Staff Members of the School of Philology Discuss ‘Distant Reading’ by Franco Moretti

On May 17 th, 2016, a presentation and discussion of the Russian translation of the book ‘Distant Reading’ by Franco Moretti was held at RANEPA media loft.

Alexey Vdovin's Talk at Russian and East European Institute (Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington, USA)

Professor of the School of Philology spoke about the Russification of Patriotism during the Crimean War, 1853-56

Report by Alexey Vdovin at Humboldt University of Berlin

On November 11th,  Alexey Vdovin, Associate Professor at the School of Philology presented a report ‘Between Hegel and George Sand: How Russian Critics and Writers Invented Peasants in the 19th Century Fiction’ at the Institute for Slavic Studies.