Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution

The 48th Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution will take place from 6-8 January 2023 at the University of Southampton, UK.

The Study Group was established in 1973 and it aim to promote new approaches to the study of the Russian Revolution, focusing on the period between 1880 and 1932. Affiliated to the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), the Study Group possesses a truly international membership. The Study Group and its annual conferences boast strong representation from scholars based in the UK, EU, the USA and Russia.

We invite individual papers or full panel proposals on any aspect of the history of the Russian Empire, revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union from 1880-1932, and we welcome a variety of (inter) disciplinary perspectives.

In the context of Putin’s abuse of history in the rhetoric of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and because our conference falls within days of the centenary of the creation of the USSR in December 1922, this year’s theme is ‘Brotherhood of Nations? Centenary Perspectives on the creation of the USSR.’ We hope to organize one or more sessions that aim to de-colonise the history of the ‘Russian’ revolution by inviting submissions on perspectives from the peripheries of the Russian Empire/Soviet Union or the Nationalities Question, 1880-1932’ (especially but not exclusively, the Ukrainian dimensions). We also hope to invite two keynote speakers with specialisms in Ukrainian history in this period.

The conference languages are English and Russian.

All those interested in attending and/or presenting papers should contact the conference organiser Dr George Gilbert at and Dr Lara Douds, Secretary of the SGRR at

Paper proposals should consist of a short abstract of c. 300 words, as well as the contact details and institutional affiliation of the author(s).

The call for papers will close on 31 August 2022. Papers will need to be submitted in December to allow for pre-circulation amongst the group before the conference.

Postgraduates presenting papers at the Study Group may be eligible to apply for a subsidy of some of the conference costs if they are unable to obtain other funding.

Published by sgmhbasees

The BASEES Study Group for Minority History (SGMH) is a forum devoted to the study of minority groups in the national and regional histories of Central, Eastern and Southeastern European from the Napoleonic Wars to the contemporary past.

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