Professor Schonle is to deliver a paper at ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’? The Non-Deaths and Afterlives of the High Modernist City, a conference hosted by the UCL SSEES FRINGE Centre, the Calvert 22 Gallery, the UCL Grand Challenges Fund and the UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies on June 10-11 2016. Prof Schonle's paper will be on "The Post-Post-Socialist Condition in Moscow: Centripetal Nostalgia in the Re-purposing of VDNKh."

Dr Ananieva will speak on 8th May 2016 about Russian Garden History during the 20th International Freising Garden Fair in Germany. The three day event "The World of Gardening as a Guest at Freising – Welcome Russia!" will be dedicated to Russia and its great horticultural tradition and expertise and will welcome the gardening world within the inspiring atmosphere unique to the courtyards of the former Cloister Freising-Neustift (25 miles north of Munich in Bavaria).
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Dr Ananieva, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, attended the annual workshop of the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network on 4 March 2016 at Gonville and Caius College. She gave a talk on the journalism of the “elegant world” in Habsburg Hungary.
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Prof Schonle and Elisabeth Schimpfossl (SEESS/UCL) will deliver a paper entitled "The pursuit of distinction and the justification of privilege: the Russian elite in 1815 and 2015" at Pushkin House on 4 May 2016. This talk will compare and contrast the Russian aristocracy of the early nineteenth century with Putin's oligarchs, focusing on the ways these elites account for their privileges and understand the "service" they render to society, as well as the narratives they develop to justify why they should be treated as equals by the West.


The performance was to taken place at 7.00 on March 18 in Arts One Lecture theatre, QMUL Mile End campus, but has been cancelled due to the ill health of key cast members.




Dr. Jeremy Hicks has been awarded the 2013 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences in recognition of his monograph First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946 (University of Pittsburgh Press). The prize was awarded at the Annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Boston November 2013.

Prof. Andreas Schonle has won the Alexander Nove Prize, 2011, awarded at the 2013 Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies for his book Architecture of Oblivion: Ruins and Historical Consciousness in Modern Russia, published by Northwestern University Press.

Prof. Galin Tihanov, the George Steiner Chair of Comparative Literature, whose work is partly devoted to Russian and Soviet intellectual history, has been elected as a new member of the Academy of Europe. For full details, see

Prof. Andreas Schonle has been been awarded the 2012 University of Southern California Book Prize in Literature and Cultural Studies at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasion Studies in New Orleans for his book Architecture of Oblivion: Ruins and Historical Consciousness in Modern Russia. The book was also on the short list for the Historia Nova Prize given to the best book in Russian intellectual history published in the last three years (

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