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Cfp: The International Graduate Student Workshop in Soviet History at the History Department of the European University at Saint Petersburg

The International Graduate Student Workshop in Soviet History at the History Department of the European University at Saint Petersburg is pleased to invite applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. We bring together EUSPb students and graduate students conducting archival research in Russia and neighboring countries. The primary goal of the workshop is twofold: first, to enrich participants' research projects and promote an exchange of knowledge about relevant historiographies, theories, methodologies, and archival and other sources; and second, to create a larger and international academic community for participants, and thus to offer them a network of international contacts on which to draw for intellectual as well as professional ends.

Since the inauguration of the workshop in 2013, presenters have included doctoral candidates from Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, the University of Sheffield, the University of Sienna, the European University Institute in Florence, and the EUSPb. We hope the workshop has been useful for the presenters; it has certainly been useful for our students and faculty.

This year's workshop will begin in late October and meet roughly once a month through mid-May. Ideally, each meeting will feature two graduate students – one from the EUSPb and one from a foreign institution – who would precirculate works in progress, in either English or Russian. Works might be grant proposals, conference papers, or dissertation chapters on related topics. We welcome proposals from disciplines other than history, including art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and Slavic studies.

Carryover has produced a fully-booked fall semester. Graduate students interested in presenting their work in the spring should submit a 300-word English- or Russian-language abstract of their papers and a CV to Sam Hirst (hirst@eu.spb.ru) by November 20. Funding for travel and accommodations is available for presenters not based in St. Petersburg. We ask that anyone interested in attending the workshop send their contact information so that we can add you to the seminar's mailing list.

Anyone interested in learning more about the EUSPb and its History Department are invited to visit us online at http://www.eu.spb.ru/ or http://www.eu.spb.ru/history.


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