Russian Statehood

Saint Petersburg State University Russian Statehood: The Authorities and Society during the Twentieth Century

International Research Conference in Russia

St. Petersburg (Russia),  May 30-31, 2013


This international research conference builds off of the Faculty’s prior success hosting an international conference in October 2010 dedicated to the study of late Stalinism and the epoch of N.S. Khrushchev and it hopes to continue its scientific dialogue with historians from different countries who also study Russia’s contemporary history.
The creation and development of the Russian state remain questions of great importance even as they have been studied in many ways by Russian historians and their foreign colleagues.
The year 2013 should attract the attention of historians for it was 100 years ago that a period of relatively stable growth ended and the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution brought a new era of development for Russia.

The conference’s Organizing Committee invites you to take part in the discussion of questions that remain hotly debated especially as the Russian Federation continues to experience developments connected to the ongoing formation of a new form of statehood.
During the conference’s proceedings, the Organizing Committee hopes to examine problems as Russia’s revolutions and wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries, the transformations of the political system, the economy, and society, the problems building a nation-state and the collapse of states and finally the issues involving culture including relationships between the intelligentsia, the authorities, and the people.

This conference has already received support from the St. Petersburg City Government’s Committee for External Ties as well as the B.N. Yeltsin Presidential Library.

The language of the conference is Russian.

How to participate to the Conference

The scholars selected to present at the conference may elect to have the Organizing Committee translate their presentations from their language of choice to Russian in the months prior to the conference’s taking place. The articles off of which these presentations are based may also be translated into Russian if they are selected for publication in a conference compendium to appear at a later date.

The Organizing Committee plans to take upon itself the costs of two-nights lodging plus breakfast for those scholars selected to participate in the conference.

If you are interested in participating, please send a short e-mail in English or Russian explaining your presentation topic by January 1st, 2013 to Dr. Ludmila K. Riabova, (e-mail:
Organizer and Partners

St. Petersburg State University’s Faculty of History

Information & contacts

Dr. Martin J. Blackwell
Associate Professor of History
Dept. of History and Anthropology

address: Gainesville State / U. System of Georgia, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood, Georgia 30566


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