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Oleg Voskoboynikov

  • Tenured Professor (2013)
  • Oleg Voskoboynikov has been at HSE University since 2007.

Academic Biography

Professor Oleg Voskoboynikov has been part of the Centre academic staff since 2007 and became full professor in 2013. Oleg was trained as medieval historian at the Faculty of History, Moscow State Lomonosov University. He earned a first "candidate" degree from his original alma mater (2002) and a PhD from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris) with a dissertation on Arts, sciences and ideas of nature at the court of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, written under supervision of Jean-Claude Schmitt.

Oleg has extensive international academic experience holding positions and doing research projects at EHESS, Ecole pratique des hautes études, Warburg Institute (London), Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and the former Max Planck Institute für Geschichte (Göttingen). He was sometimes invited for special lectures at the universities of Warsaw, Louvain-la-Neuve, Cologne, Frankfurt, Lausanne, Florence etc.


Research Interests

While his research ranges across the cultural history of the Middle Ages, Oleg's largest, and lasting, interest has been the different ways of appropriating classical philosophical traditions in medieval Christian thought, particularly within the tradition of the 'school of Chartres' and at the court of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. He translated some of its important texts into Russian, including to Philosophia of William of Conches and the Cosmographia of Bernard Silvestris. They were published, together with other Chartres texts, in a single volume, that presented this School to Russian readers for the first time.

He is now particularly concerned with problems of curiosity as particular intellectual attitude and formally a vice in medieval moral system, as well as with ideas and images of the human body and the face. The Face, in particular, has been subject of a recent international Micrologus conference he coorganized together with Agostino Paravicini Bagliani in Saint-Petersburg (July 2019), with its acts to be published at the Micrologus series.

Oleg has published, extensively and in several languages, on topics as varied as the medieval cosmology, physiognomy, astrology, hygiene and medicine, scientific and philosophical manuscripts in XIIIth century, modes of sacralisation of the royal power, the political and cultural history of France under Saint Louis, master architects of Gothic cathedrals, medieval miniature and sculpture, poetry and poetics. This variety of topics gave life to dozens of articles in four languages and to a general book on medieval Christian civilisation, written in French and published in France by Editions du Vendémiaire, 2017. The intellectual milieu of Frederick II, its art, manuscripts and ideas, has been for years his favorite field, and he recently published with Edizioni del Galluzzo the first critical edition of two treatises by Michael Scot, translator, encyclopedist and astrologer of the first third of the XIIIth century: the Liber particularis and the Liber physonomiae.

Education and Degrees

  • 2019

    Doctor of Sciences*
    Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 2006

    School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
    Thesis Title: Arts, sciences and ideas of nature at the court of Frederick II Hohenstaufen. 1200-1250

  • 2006

    Doctoral programme in History and civilisations
    École des hautes études en sciences sociales

  • 2002

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in World History
    Lomonosov Moscow State University
    Thesis Title: Visions of Nature at the Court of Frederick II

  • 2000

    Master's in History and civilisations
    École des hautes études en sciences sociales

  • 1999

    Degree in History
    MSU French University College, History

  • 1998

    Lomonosov Moscow State University, History

* 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.

Fellow of the Warburg Institute, 2003.

Visiting fellow at the Maison des sciences de l'Homme, Paris. 2004.

Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2011, 2013.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2023, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2011-2012)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Editorial board membership

  • 2017: Member of the Editorial Council, Micrologus. Natura, scienze e società medievali (Micrologus. Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies).

  • 2009: Member of the Editorial Council, Mediaeval Sophia.



  • 2021
    Entrailles, tripes et boyaux. Le ventre dans tous ses états. Antiquité, Moyen Âge, Epoque moderne (Париж). Presentation: Guerre et paix dans le corps humain au XIIIe siècle: autour du poème latin De ventre
  • The King's Two Portraits. Bildmedien des 12.-13. Jahrhunderts im Dienst der Staufer (Бонн). Presentation: Michael Scot and Applied Physiognomy at the court of Frederick II
  • 2020
    Curiositas. 42. Kölner Mediaevistentagung (Кёльн). Presentation: Nützliche und vergebliche Neugierde von Bernhard von Clairvaux bis Dante
  • IX международная конференция "Актуальные проблемы теории и истории искусства" (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Николай Лейденский и искусство портрета в XV веке
  • 2019
    Facie ad faciem. Лицом к лицу. На перекрестках средневековой культуры Востока и Запада Европы (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Музыка в системе культуры средневекового Запада
  • Лицо в средневековой культуре Востока и Запада (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Visage lisible au XIIIe siècle
  • 2018
    Актуальные проблемы теории и истории искусства (Москва). Presentation: «Чувство Рима» в XII веке: Николай Маньякуция об иконе Спасителя из Sancta Sanctorum
  • Античное наследие в рукописной книге Византии и Западной Европы (Москва). Presentation: Михаил Скот и трансформация античной астральной иконографии в рукописи Clm 10268 из Баварской национальной библиотеки, 1320-1340 гг.
  • « Des réalités intraduisibles ? La traduction au prisme des sciences sociales de l’Antiquité à nos jours » (Москва). Presentation: Traduction au Moyen Âge: théories, pratiques, enjeux
  • 2016
    The Body as a Mirror of the Soul: Physiognomy from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Лёвен). Presentation: Michael Scot, Hohenstaufen Court, Physiognomy in Text and Stone
  • 2015
    Statue. Rituali, scienze e magia dalla Tarda Antichità al Rinascimento. (Равенна). Presentation: Fisiognomica scritta e fisiognomica scolpita alla corte sveva
  • Les confins incertains de l'ordre naturel (XIIe-XVIe siècle) (Париж). Presentation: Curiositas. Un peché mortel au XIIe siècle
  • 2013
    Harmonia. Idées de l'harmonie dans la culture et la societé médiévale (Москва). Presentation: Deux harmonies en comparaison: Michel Scot et Grégoire du Mont Sacré
  • 2011
    PONTES 7. Verleugnete Rezeption. Fälschungen antiker Texte. (Фрайбург). Presentation: Echt, gereinigt, gefälscht. Der Aristoteles des 13. Jahrhunderts zwischen römischer Kurie und staufischem Hof
  • 2010
    Autour de l'oeuvre de Michel Scot, philosophe, astrologue et traducteur. Table ronde à l'occasion de la publication de l'édition du Liber particularis et Liber physonomie (Париж). Presentation: Présentation de l'édition de Michel Scot

Timetable for today

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Studying the Middle Ages Is Fascinating

The recently launched Master's Programme in Medieval Studies is the only Master’s degree in Russia fully dedicated to medieval studies. HSE News Service spoke with Juan Sota, a second-year student of the programme, about its unique features, interacting with professors, and his research interests and aspirations.

Two International Students Receive HSE Silver Nestling Awards

At last week’s Golden HSE Award Ceremony, the winners of the Silver Nestling Award included two international students: Yunying Pei (China) of the Dual Bachelor’s Programme in Data Science and Business Analytics, and Juan Sota (Spain) of the Master’s Programme in Medieval Studies. HSE News Service spoke to the two students about their courses, speaking Russian, and the reactions their families and friends had when they told them they won the Silver Nestling Award.

Welt und Wissenschaft: Growing Strong with a Dedicated Community

If you are interested in attending a conference at HSE, there is always something going on. In fact, one of the University’s conferences aimed at young researchers is quite special, as it held neither in Russian nor in English, but in German. Less than half a month apart from HSE’s April Conference, the international conference Welt und Wissenschaft (‘World and Science’) was held for the 4th time. The HSE Looktalked to one of the organizers, Yulia Pasko, Associate Professor of the Department of German Language, about how they involve students and faculty in the development of this tight-knit academic community.

Oleg Voskoboynikov’s Book Published in France

Vendémiaire publishing house in Paris has issued a book by Oleg Voskoboynikov, Professor at the HSE School of History and Tenured Professor of HSE. The book is called ‘For centuries and centuries. Christian civilization of the Medieval West’ (Pour les siècles des siècles. Civilisation chrétienne de l'Occident médiéval. Paris, Vendémiaire, 2017).

Short Lists for Golden HSE

The second stage of the Golden HSE competition has come to an end, and the short-listed nominees have been announced.

Thank You for Choosing HSE!

Several HSE instructors recognized as ‘the best’ in their fields would like congratulate students with the start of academic year and hope that they don’t give in to procrastination, take advantage of all opportunities available at HSE, have a good sleep before exams at least once, and remember that teachers are humans too!

‘It Is a Great Experience – Being Happy for Your Students’ Success and Watching Them Outdo You’

On December 23, 2015, the 15th Golden HSE Award ceremony took place at the Central House of Artists.

Students and Graduates Invited to Faculty Meetings on HSE Day

HSE Day’s Reunion initiative offers students and graduates the opportunity to meet informally with the Dean and teachers of their faculties, ask senior students about their studies or remember their time as a student and share their wisdom with the younger generation.

From Ancient Inscriptions to Blogs: Different Disciplines’ View on Ego Texts

HSE has held its post-graduate humanities summer school 'History in the First Person: From Antiquity to Our Time'. The summer school was dedicated to texts written or recorded in the first person, as well as to various methods for analysing them. The school’s organizers and participants spoke with the HSE news service about what ego texts are, how representatives of different disciplines work with them, and how French methodology differs from Russian.

History in the First Person: From Antiquity to Our Time

On August 24-26 the post-graduate humanities summer school 'History in the First Person: From Antiquity to Our Time' will be held at HSE. The event is organized by HSE Faculty of Humanities, the Centre of Franco-Russian Research in Moscow, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Paris), and Eastern Studies Research Group of Strasbourg University.

‘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.

HSE Tenured Professor Oleg Voskoboynikov Has Won the Prix Maurice Wachsmacher

Associate Professor at the Department of Social History Oleg Voskoboynikov has won the Humanities Prize 2014 for his translation into Russian of French art historian Roland Recht’s Le croire et le voir: L'art des cathédrales, XIIe-XVe siècle (Believing and Seeing, The Art of Gothic Cathedrals) in a volume published by the HSE Publishing House. The prize was awarded by the French Ambassador to Russia, Jean-Maurice Ripert who signed a certificate at the ceremony for the winner to travel to France.

The Nibelungenlied Read Like it Was 8 Centuries Ago

A premiere of the Story of the Nibelungs took place at Moscow's Russian-German House as part of the 'In the beginning was the Word' festival of literature and drama. The event was organized by the International Union of German Culture's 'Echoes of the skies. Voices of Russian actors' project and the HSE German film club gut geD-A-CHt.

HSE Publishing House to Present New Books 

Each year the Higher School of Economics publishes a number of works on various topics that are of interest not only to specialists but also to a wide range of readers. From June 11 to 14, the Central House of Artists on Krymskiy Val will host the IX Moscow International Open Book Festival, which will feature the HSE Publishing House.