Russian History and Culture Workshop


The Penn Russian History and Culture Workshop meets virtually 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 208 on Mondays at 6PM, 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 requires masking for all public indoor events, and we will observe these guidelines. 


Oct. 18: Julia Leikin (Assistant Professor, Higher School of Economics and Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress); , “Russia’s Mediterranean Moment, 1770-1829”


Nov. 8: Artemy Kalinovsky (Professor, Dept. of History and Dept. of Political Science, Temple University), “Exceptions to Socialism: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Soviet Central Asian Entrepreneur”


Jan. 31: Brian Kim (Assistant Professor, REES, UPenn), "Fashioning the Foreign: Language, Value, and Identity in Imperial Russia."


Feb. 21: Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell Orenstein (REES, UPenn): Presentation on their book Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions


April 22-23: East Coast Graduate Seminar (aka, the “mega-kruzhok”), hosted this year at Rutgers University. 



Russian History and Culture Workshop Archive