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Dmitriy Dobrowolski

  • Dmitriy Dobrowolski has been at HSE University since 2011.

Education and Degrees

  • 2009

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Historiography, Source Study and Methods of Historical Research
    Russian State University for the Humanities

  • 2000

    Russian State University for the Humanities

* 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.

Awards and Accomplishments

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

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Book Данилевский И. Н., Добровольский Д. А., Казаков Р. Б., Маловичко С. И., Румянцева М. Ф., Хоруженко О. И., Швейковская Е. Н. Источниковедение. М. : Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2015.


  • 2020
    Christian Russia in the Making (Варшава). Presentation: The Cross of St. Stephen in Russian Lands: On the Inter-confessional Contacts in Medieval Eastern Europe (in collaboration with Maria Lavrenchenko)
  • 2018
    Rus’ and Poland (10th–14th centuries) (Пшемышль). Presentation: Христиане или латинники: религиозный аспект восприятия поляков русскими книжниками XI–XIII вв.
  • Восточная Европа в древности и средневековье: XXX чтения памяти чл.-корр. РАН В.Т. Пашуто (Москва). Presentation: «Слово о вере христианской и о латинской» в историческом контексте середины XII в.
  • 2016
    Dobre i złe sąsiedztwa: od konfliktu do współistnienia i współpracy (Быдгощ). Presentation: Dogmatyka i liturgika Kościoła Zachodniego w ujęciu pisarzy staroruskich (XI w. – połowa XV w.)
  • Влияния и обмены в «большой Европе» XII столетия: знания, люди и образы (Владимир). Presentation: Представления древнерусских книжников домонгольского периода о догматике и литургике западной церкви
  • 2015
    Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood before Modernity: Old Debates and New Perspectives (Оксфорд). Presentation: In Search of Old Russian Ethnicity: The Table of Nations in Russian Chronicles of the Eleventh – Thirteenth Centuries
  • Dobre i złe sąsiedztwa: historia kluczem do zrozumienia współczesnych relacji międzysąsiedzkich (Быдгощ). Presentation: Wizerunek chrześcijaństwa zachodniego w piśmiennictwie ruskim końca XI – początku XII w.
  • Компьютерные технологии и математические методы в исторических исследованиях (Калининград). Presentation: JavaScript и динамический HTML в преподавании исторической хронологии
  • 2014
    Свой — другой — чужой в коммуникативном пространстве контактных зон (Пятигорск). Presentation: Гадание хана Боняка: к истории русско-половецких отношений
  • Писменото наследство и информационните технологии: El’Manuscript – 2014 (Варна). Presentation: Где заканчивался Начальный свод?
  • 2013
    Историческое повествование в средневековой России: к 450-летию Степенной книги (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Новгородская I летопись как источник по истории начального летописания

Employment history

since 2015
associate professor, School of History, Faculty of Humanities, HSE; in September, 2015 — August, 2021 deputy head of the School of History
associate professor, chair of history of ideas and methodology of historical science, Faculty of History, HSE
associate professor, chair of theory and history of the humanities, Institute of Philology and History, Russian State University for the Humanities
2001–2011 гг.
lecturer (then senior lecturer), chair of source studies and auxiliary sciences of history, Institute of History and Archives, Russian State University for the Humanities

Timetable for today

Full timetable

‘I Am Who I Am, Only with a Magic Wand…’

Oksana Osadchaya, a blind sophomore in the undergraduate philology programme, has developed a version of braille for Old Russian texts. Oksana recently defended her thesis on the subject. Together with her academic advisor Alexey Gippius, Oksana met with the HSE News Service to discuss her work, as well as the opportunities that she has opened up for blind researchers who study texts in Old Russian, Old Slavonic, and Old Church Slavonic.

Dmitriy Dobrowolski’s Presentation at Oxford

From April 24 – 26th, 2015, an international academic conference ‘Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood before Modernity: Old Debates and New Perspectives’ took place at the University of Oxford. The event was organized by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

‘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.