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International Forum for Young Scholars of Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Culture: A New Opportunity for Research Presentations and Discussion

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The International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow is pleased to announce the launch of a new annual academic convention, the International Forum for Young Scholars of Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Culture. This forum is open to Ph.D. students and young scholars who have completed their Ph.D.’s within the past three years. Applicants from all countries are welcome.

The first session of the International Forum is to be held at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow,  on 11-13 December 2017.

This forum is intended to allow young scholars the opportunity for interdisciplinary cross-fertilization with their own peers and with an esteemed group of senior scholars. We invite candidates from all sub-disciplines of history who are interested in presenting scholarly papers on Soviet and post-Soviet history and culture. Candidates from the disciplines of cultural studies, anthropology, Slavic studies, art history, literary, and cinema studies are also welcome.

The forum will have a permanent scholarly committeeconsisting of senior scholars who review applications. We plan that several committee members and some other distinguished scholars will participate in each of the forum’s sessions.

The following senior scholars participate in the committee:

  • Dietrich Beyrau, University of Tübingen
  • Oleg Budnitskii, NRU HSE
  • Michael David-Fox, Georgetown University, Washington – NRU HSE
  • Alexander Etkind, European University Institute, Florence
  • Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford
  • Oleg Khlevniuk, NRU HSE
  • Stephen Kotkin, Princeton University – NRU HSE
  • Yuri Slezkine, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lynne Viola, University of Toronto – NRU HSE


We expect that the forum will have about twenty participants. The participants will be chosen by the review committee based on their paper proposals. Applications can be submitted in Russian or English and must include: 

1. A cover letter with exact contact details 

2. An updated CV 

3. List of publications 

4. Paper proposal (no more than 250 words)

5. Two recommendation letters (to be sent directly to worldwar2@hse.ru)


All application materials should be received by the International Center no later than  15 September 2017.
Applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by 1 October, 2017.
Please send all applications materials to the following address: 

Working languages of the Forum will be Russian and English.

The organizers will assist international participants with obtaining visa invitations to Russia.

Housing costs for the participants will be paid in full by the organizers of the Forum. Transportation for the Russian participants will be covered. The Forum organizers have limited funds to cover (partially or in full) airfare of the international participants. We strongly encourage perspective participants to apply for funding from their home universities or from other sources.