UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Centre for Russian Studies 

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We provide a forum for profiling cultural, historical, linguistic, literary and social sciences research into Russia, past and present. Through our activities we promote knowledge and discussion of Russia in the broader academic community and with the public at large. 

SSEES is the largest centre for Russian studies in the UK, with over 20 full-time Russian specialists covering language, literature, culture, history, economics and political science. The SSEES Library collection on Russia and the former Soviet Union is one of the major resources in the UK. The Post-Soviet Press Group and Russian Cinema Research Group further contribute to our unrivaled expertise in Russian Studies.

Day/Time: Fornightly on Mondays, 18:00 - 20:00
: Room 431, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
(unless otherwise specified)

Co-convenors: Philippa Hetherington (UCL SSEES) and Simon Huxtable (Loughborough)
Administrator: Sarah-Jane Gregori

Upcoming Events

Autumn-Winter Term 2015 Programme
Wednesday 8 October
G03 Lecture Theatre, 26 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0DS
Sheila Fitzpatrick (University of Sydney and University of Chicago)
'Stalin’s Team in the Great Purges: Perpetrators and Potential Victims'
and launch of her book, On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics
Monday 19 October
Starts at 6:30pm

Kristy Ironside (University of Manchester)
Socialism’s Low-Price Guarantee: Late Stalinism and the Retail Economy, 1945-1954
Monday 26 October Kiril Tomoff (University of California, Riverside)
Virtuosi Abroad: Soviet Music and Imperial Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945-1958
Monday 2 November
David Moon (University of York)
The Amerikan Steppe: Influences from Russia and Ukraine on the Great Plains, 1870s-1930's
Monday 16 November
Alfred Rieber (CEU)
Stalin and the Struggle for Supremacy in Eurasia
Monday 30 November
Jennifer Keating (Institute for Historical Research, London)
Roses in the desert: Environmental change and the image-world of late imperial Central Asia
Wednesday 16 December
Room 432, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton St
Yannis Kotsonis (NYU)
Taxes and Happiness: How Fiscal Reform Made Taxes Less Burdensome but More Creepy in Russia, Europe, and North America since the Eighteenth Century

Past Events

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Autumn Term 2015
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Spring Term 2014
Spring Term 2013
Autumn Term 2012
Spring Term 2012
Autumn Term 2011
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Autumn Term 2010
Spring Term 2010
Spring Term 2009
Autumn Term 2008
Spring Term 2008