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In conjunction with the company Solpharm, The European University's paleogenomics laboratory has begun operations

Researchers from the European University at St. Petersburg, the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the State Hermitage Museum conducted the first series of experiments on DNA isolation from historical samples in the clean rooms of the paleogenomics laboratory located at the Solopharm pharmaceutical plant.

Genomes of Koban culture bearers shed light on the ethnogenesis of the modern population of the Caucasus

European University researchers Artem Nedoluzhko and Fyodor Sharko as lead authors have published an article in the prestigious international journal European Journal of Human Genetics (Q1, impact factor: 5.2). Together with Russian colleagues, they analyzed nuclear DNA from the remains of five representatives of the Koban archaeological culture.

Employees of the Hermitage and staff from the European University at St. Petersburg discuss the discoveries of the past season

Svetlana Pankova, a researcher at the Laboratory of Paleogenomics of the European University and curator of the Department of Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia of the State Hermitage Museum, spoke at the international scientific conference "Singing Arrows of Maodun": Hunnu from obscurity to empire", dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Sergey Minyaev’s birth (1948-2020).

EUSP and the Hermitage open the School of Arts and Cultural Heritage and announce enrollment for the program “The Modern Museum”

The European University at St. Petersburg and the State Hermitage Museum open the School of Arts and Cultural Heritage. The school will combine master's degrees in the history of art and philology, as well as a professional retraining program "The Modern Museum: Management Methods, Practices of Cultural Interpretation".

Professor Catherine Phillips is one of the organizers of the round table discussion dedicated to the art of the XVIII century

In the eighteenth century, Russia emerged as a truly European power. Yet despite the presence of Russians in Europe and Europeans in Russia, the vast Russian Empire continued to be perceived as a quasi-oriental land. As a result, those artists and works of art that moved from West to East were – and sometimes still are — all too often seen as vanishing into a distant realm. This panel will highlight current research on the Russian art world and its engagement with Western Europe in the eighteenth century. Short presentations will examine the importance of the French tradition to St. Petersburg’s Imperial Academy of Arts, Russian artists’ travel to the Netherlands and Paris, Russian patronage of Venetian art, connections between Russian and British art as reflected in portraits by Rokotov and Gainsborough, and Russian collecting of classical antiquities.


The defence of the doctoral thesis “Architectures of Life-Building in the Twentieth Century: Russia, Germany, Sweden” took place at the Södertörn University, Stockholm on December 7, 2018. Department of Aesthetics. The opponent: Thordis Arrhenius, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm. Link to the full text:


Water towns have a great potential due to the presence of water, this makes them also more fragile, demanding higher level of attention and sensibility for their protection. Venice, despite the high level of protection by the legislative framework, struggles for the conservation of its soul and image. The climate changes, the growing pressure of the tourism and sometimes the incapacity of controlling or managing the urban transformations risk to weaken its conservation. The lecture will provide an overview on the main issues for the conservation of the town.  

FRAGILE EXCHANGE: Porcelain and the Function of Luxury in Interwar Soviet Russia

This lecture examines the constellation of actors and interests that sought to transform porcelain, once the “white gold” of European and Russian court societies, into a useful and valuable material in interwar Soviet Russia. In a society that struggled between eliminating class distinctions and maintaining structures of power, the production of consumer goods was the everyday staging ground upon which designers, critics, and political officials represented those disputes.

Recycling second world urbanity

On February, 27th the European University hosted a presentation by Bart Goldhoorn, which took place as part of the third conference of the “Second World Urbanity” project. Like the project itself, Goldhoorn’s presentation was an attempt to understand the experience of “socialist urbanism,” the mass urban development of the Soviet period, and much more.

Forming the Image of the “Big City” at the Turn of the 19th-20th Centuries. St. Petersburg-Europe

On February 18th, as part of the Department of Art History’s Visual Studies program (with support from the Coca-Cola Company), Eva Berar gave a lecture from a series titled “Forming the Image of the ‘Big City’ at the Turn of the 19th-20th Centuries. St. Petersburg-Europe.” Professor Berar is a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), in France. The lecture series will focus on how cities were imagined, portrayed and built in Russia and Western Europe.

The Cultivation of a View: Paradoxes of Diderot

On December 20, 2014, the EUSP hosted an open seminar titled “The Cultivation of a View: Paradoxes of Diderot.” The seminar was organized jointly by the EUSP’s Department of Art History and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Russian State University for the Humanities), with support from the Coca Cola Company. The seminar brought together the specialists from St. Petersburg, Moscow and New York to discuss the reception of Denis Diderot’s theoretical views.