East European History and Culture Workshop


The Penn East European History and Culture Workshop meets in person this year; papers are pre-circulated ten days in advance.

Contact: Peter Holquist, Department of History

As in the past (well, as in the pre-pandemic times!), we gather in College Hall 209 on Mondays at 5:30PM, for a 90-minute discussion of a pre-circulated paper.  We will share the papers ca. one week to ten days prior to the event.   We will closely follow the public health situation, but at present we are planning on an in-person seminar format.  At present, the University of Pennsylvania does not require masking for public indoor events.

Directions to College Hall here: https://www.history.upenn.edu/contact

For those coming from outside the Penn area, there is often street parking available in the Penn neighborhood (via the Park Mobile app).  In addition, there are two parking garages near the Penn campus, both off 34th Street:

  1. Drexel Parking Lot G (on Ludlow St., off 34th Street—just off Market—between 33rd and 34th Streets): https://drexel.edu/business-services/parking/daily-parking/
  2. The Penn Parking Garage, on 34th Street between Market Street and Chestnut: https://www.facilities.upenn.edu/maps/parking/parking-garage-chestnut-34


FALL 2023

Oct. 2: Serhy Yekelchyk, History Department, University of Victoria (Canada): “Toward Epistemic Sovereignty: Decolonizing Ukrainian History”

Nov. 13: Sarah Cameron, History Department, University of Maryland: “The Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia.”



Feb. 26: Kevin Platt, REES, Penn: “Global Socialist Networks in the Age of Three Worlds: Art and Arbitrage from Mexico to Moscow”

April 26: Sofya Salomatina, History Department, Moscow Lomonosov State University: Commercial Banking in the Russian Empire in the Period 1860–1913: Development and Market Integration"

Joint session with the Penn Economic History Forum, Friday 2-4pm.


East European History and Culture Workshop Archive