Ivan Kurilla Looks Back at the American Historian Who Helped Redefine Soviet Studies Before Becoming a Pariah at Home in the Age of Putin

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 14:04..
The historian Stephen Cohen died on September 18 at the age of 81. During Perestroika, the American scholar’s work on early Soviet history (translated into Russian) influenced the USSR’s own understanding of Stalinism. Over the past 20 years (especially in the last decade), however, Cohen became a darling of the pro-Kremlin media and disappointed many liberal-leaning readers, both in Russia and in the United States. At Meduza’s* request, Ivan Kurilla — a professor of history and international relations at European University at St.


Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:53..
The American South has always been different – slavery, secession, poverty, rural, and segregated – seemingly the reverse of American ideals. As novelist William Faulkner noted, in the South, the past is not even past, as the recent conflict over Confederate monuments attests. Why is this so? How have other regions in the U.S. contributed to the Southern mixture of myth and history? And what does its persistence say about the nation?

THE ETHNIC REGIONS AND ELECTORAL SUPPORT FOR THE INCUMBENT: The Politics of Federal Transfers in Russia from 2000 to 2012

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:11..
How do incumbents in electoral authoritarian regimes manage to secure extraordinarily high levels of their electoral support? This study examines the determinants of the allocation of federal transfers to regional budgets in Russia to test whether the interbudgetary payments are used as a politically neutral tool with welfare equalizing goals or pursue various political aims of self-interested actors.


Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:19..
The report will explore the encounter between psychoanalysis and philosophy at the point where the two seem to be the most incompatible. Sex (and psychoanalytic theory of sexuality) is something that philosophy usually doesn't know what to do with; sex is the question usually left out in even the most friendly philosophical appropriations of Lacan and his concepts. And ontology (as since of pure being) is something that psychoanalysis doesn't know what to do with, or is highly critical about.


Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:06..
EUSP Political Science and Sociology Department graduate Ivan Grigoriev defended his dissertation "Transformatsiia institutov sudebnoi vlasti v protsesse konsolidatsii gibridnogo politicheskogo rezhima (na primere Konstitutsionnogo suda Rossiiskoi Federatsii) [Transformation of Judiciary Institutions in the Process of Consolidating a Hybrid Political Regime (on the Example of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation)]" at the National Research University Higher School of Economics on December 19, 2017.

God Without Confession and Profession

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 13:54..
ARTEMY MAGUN: Welcome to the European University at Saint-Petersburg. In case you haven’t been here recently, we are very happy to see you again. Today is Jean-Luc Nancy Day, which will consist of two parts: a lecture titled «God Without Confession and Profession»; and a round table discussion concerning “Gods of Material Society”.

The First Summer School in Political science and Sociology: “University without Professors”

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 21:15..
On 6‐12th of July 2014 PhD students of the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the European University at St. Petersburg together with the Department Development Partnership Program and regional education and research centres from Tomsk (Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies Center), Kazan (Center of Cultural Studies of Postsocialism), and Perm (Centre for Comparative History and Political Science) organized the first summer school entitled "University without Professors."

Big Political Science and Sociology: Social Sciences in the Authoritarian State

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 13:37..
On May, 15, 2015, the EUSP’s Department of Political Science and Sociology held its traditional annual conference. This year, department professors and guests led three roundtable discussion: - Empirical Sociology and Authoritarianism - Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism, Bonapartism, Fascism - Feminism: Theory and Practice within Conditions of the Conservative Turn

The Political is Personal: Gender, Health and Care

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:38..
On April 16th and 17th, 2015, EUSP hosted an international conference organized by the Gender Studies Program with support from the EUSP’s Committee on Academic Planning. The motto “the personal is political” is widely known in the social sciences. But by including the personal in the political sphere we often forget that politics permeate social relations and life at a micro level: in caring for vulnerable social groups, in professional activities, and in bodily practices. This two-day conference was devoted to the convergence of the political and personal in the broadest sense.