This group aims to help promote new approaches to the study of the Russian Revolution between the 1880s and 1932. From its foundation in the 1970s it has had two main activities:
- an annual international conference, normally held over three days in early January
- publications, notably the twice-yearly refereed journal Revolutionary Russia (for notes for contributors, subscription information, etc visit the journal homepage )
Additionally, the SGRR sponsors panels at the annual BASEES conference, and has sponsored a number of document publications in Russia.
The current committee consists of the Secretary, Dr Katy Turton (Queen's Belfast), and the Treasurer, Howard White (Bath) . Please see below for details of past conferences and the CfP for the forthcoming conference.
We usually meet over three days in early January. There are generally some 40-50 participants from Europe, North America and sometimes further afield, with about 18-25 papers. Advance information about the conference programme and booking details is normally circulated to members in the early autumn. Papers are then emailed to registered participants in mid-December, so as to maximise the time available for discussion at the sessions.
The XLIV conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution will take place at Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, 4-6 January 2018. The Study Group was established in 1973, and aims to promote new approaches to the study of the Russian Revolution, focusing on the period between 1880 and 1932.
The centenary of 1917 has generated much scholarly and public attention, but the Revolution was a process more than an event, and it continued for several years. This year’s conference affords us the opportunity to re-examine, in particular, the first year of Soviet power. We welcome paper proposals on any aspect of the period in Russia’s history, 1880-1932, but we welcome especially individual or panel proposals that deal with topics such as: the Constituent Assembly and its dissolution; the Civil War; alternative governments to Soviet power and non-Bolshevik political movements; state-building; the spread of revolution to the provinces and non-Russian parts of the former Russian Empire; democracy and dictatorship; political violence and terror; foreign reactions to the Revolution and foreign intervention; and papers/panels that explore more conceptual issues such as the periodisation of the Revolution, the concept of ‘Soviet power,’ etc. We also welcome paper/panel proposals that reflect upon commemorations of the Revolution, in Russia and elsewhere.
All those interested in attending and/or presenting papers should contact Dr James Ryan at RyanJ5@cardiff.ac.uk
Our XXIX annual conference was held at Hatfield College, University of Durham on 4-6 January 2003. It was organised by Dr Sarah Davies (Durham) and Dr James Harris (Leeds). The programme can be downloaded here.
Our XXX conference was held at the Citilodge Hotel, Nottingham. It was organised by Dr Sarah Badcock (Nottingham) and Dr Anthony Heywood (Bradford), with assistance from Dr Nick Baron (Nottingham). The programme can be downloaded here. Many of the papers will be published in Anthony J. Heywood and Jonathan D. Smele (eds), The Russian Revolution of 1905: Centenary Perspectives (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2005).
Our XXXI conference was held at the University of Nottingham on 9-10 April 2005. It was organised by Dr Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham). The programme can be downloaded here.
Our XXXII conference was held at the University of Nottingham on 3-5 January 2006.It was organised by Dr Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham). The programme can be downloaded here.
Our XXXIII conference was held at the University of Aberdeen on 4-6 January 2007. It was organised by Dr Anthony Heywood (University of Aberdeen). The programme can be downloaded here.
Our XXXIV conference was held at the University of Aberdeen on 3-5 January 2008. It was organised by Dr Anthony Heywood (University of Aberdeen). The programme can be downloaded here.
The XXXV conference was held from 2-4 January 2009 at Queen's University, Belfast. It was organised by Dr Katy Turton. The programme can be downloaded here.
The XXXVI conference was held from 2-4 January 2010 at Queen's University, Belfast . It was organised by Dr Katy Turton. The programme can be downloaded here
The XXXVII conference was held from 6-8 January 2011 at the University of Glasgow. It was organised by Dr Alex Marshall. The programme can be downloaded here.
The XXXVIII conference was held on 5-7 January 2012 at the University of Glasgow and organised by Dr Alex Marshall.
The XXXIX conference was held on 4-6 January 2013 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and organised by Dr Matthias Neumann. The programme can be downloaded here.
The XL conference was held on 3-5 January 2014 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and organised by Professor Peter Waldron. The programme can be downloaded here.
The XLI conference was held on 3-5 January 2015 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and organised by Professor Peter Waldron. The programme can be downloaded here.
The XLII Conference of the Study Group of the Russian Revolution took place between 7-9 January 2016 at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The programme can be downloaded here.
The XLIII Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution will take place from 5-7 January 2017 at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The Study Group was established in 1973, and aims to promote new approaches to the study of the Russian Revolution, focusing on the period between 1880 and 1932. As this year’s conference will mark the centenary of 1917, our programme will feature some panels devoted to evaluating the state of research on Russia’s revolutionary year, considering recent literature in the field, and setting out agendas for future research. Therefore, alongside proposals for research papers, we would very much welcome contributions to such panels: these might focus for example on revolutionary moments, power, conflict, gender, ideas, space and place, revolutionary culture, personal experience, voices and memory, revolution on a global scale, and/or comparative study of revolutions. All those interested in attending and/or presenting papers should contact Dr. Charlotte Alston at email@example.com. The call for papers will close on 1st June 2016. Papers will need to be submitted in December to allow for pre-circulation amongst the group before the conference.
We plan to publish some of the papers and panel discussions in a special issue (or issues) of the Study Group’s journal, Revolutionary Russia, in 2017-18.
Postgraduates presenting papers at the Study Group are eligible to apply for a subsidy of some of the conference costs if they are unable to obtain other funding. In addition, a peer-led feedback scheme will run throughout the conference, offering postgraduates the opportunity to receive friendly and constructive feedback on their presentations.
Journal & Publications
Revolutionary Russia ::: ISSN print 0954-6545 ::: ISSN online 1743-7873
Our refereed journal, now in its twenty-sixth year, is published twice a year, in June and December. Launched in 1988, Revolutionary Russia is the first English-language journal to concentrate on the revolutionary period. It is interdisciplinary and international in approach, publishing original research in the fields of history, politics, economics, sociology, literary and intellectual history from scholars throughout the world, including the former Soviet Union. The journal is published by Taylor and Francis.
Contributions are invited on any subject within the group’s broad remit and can be submitted through the journal’s online portal (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/frvr). For further information or queries, please contact the Editors: Dr Matthew Rendle, Senior Lecturer, History, University of Exeter, M.Rendle@exeter.ac.uk and Dr Aaron Retish, Associate Professor, Wayne State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for authors are published at the back of each issue, or can be obtained online. Books for review should be sent to the Reviews Editor: Dr. James Ryan, Department of History, Cardiff University, RyanJ5@cardiff.ac.uk
The latest subscription rate for individuals is £53. To request an online sample copy, please visit the Taylor and Francis website. All institutional subscriptions include free online access. Members of the Study Group are entitled to special subscription rate.
Papers from the Study Group’s XXIX and XXX conferences have been collected in two books:
Sarah Davies and James Harris (eds), Stalin: A New History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) ISBN 0-521-85104-1 (pbk: 0-521-61653-0). Date of publication: September 2005.
Jonathan D. Smele and Anthony Heywood (eds), The Russian Revolution of 1905: Centenary Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2005). ISBN 0-415-35568-0. Date of publication: July 2005.
Membership for the Study Group costs just £5.00 per annum for UK residents, and is free to overseas residents. Members are circulated in the early autumn with advance information about the programme of the next annual conference, and enjoy voting rights at the AGM. A membership form (2012) and a standing order mandate are downloadable as word documents and should be sent to:
Dr Katy Turton
Secretary, Study Group on the Russian Revolution
School of History and Anthropology,
Queen's University, Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN