Call for Papers Annual Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution – 50 years of the SGRR, 3-5 January 2024

George Gilbert Discussion

Dear all,

The 49th Annual Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution (SGRR) will take place from 3-5 January 2024 at the University of Southampton, UK.

The Study Group was established in 1973 and its aim is 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.  

This year’s conference considers the theme of decolonization in the history of the Russian Revolution. We seek to unite well-established and more recent research approaches in pursuit of this aim. To do this, this year’s iteration seeks to unite long-standing members of the SGRR and their perspectives on how the field has changed, and scholars at the earlier end of the careers, inviting new perspectives on the history of the Revolution that show cutting-edge research. Among other questions, the SGRR asks how study of the revolution has changed, and how things are likely to develop in the next couple of years against the backdrop of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. 

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. 250 words, as well as the contact details and institutional affiliation of the author(s). 

The call for papers will close on 1 September 2023. Papers will need to be submitted in December to allow for pre-circulation amongst the group before the conference.  

We are very keen to encourage postgraduate participation in the SGRR. 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.

The organisers hope to hold the conference primarily in person, but there will be some facility for online participation. You are welcome to share with anyone you feel might be interested.

Best wishes