CFP - Individuals, Generations and Social Groups: Finnish-Russian Conference on Elite Studies in Saint Petersburg, DL 1 March 2022

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2022
Russian Federation
Subject Fields: 
Social History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Russian or Soviet History / Studies

Call for Papers

Individuals, Generations and Social Groups 1721–1925

The Fourth Finnish-Russian Conference on Elite Studies in Saint Petersburg

8–10 June 2022

Venue: The Finnish Institute in Saint Petersburg & The Consulate General of Finland, Saint Petersburg (Russia)


The theme of the Fourth Finnish-Russian conference on the history of elites is ‘individuals, generations and social groups’.

The concept ‘elites’ is defined broadly: every society and social group – including peasants and workers – had their respective elites. Elite studies focus on the study of key persons, powerful groups and important social forces and formations in all their varieties.

A presentation may focus on:
– influential individuals
– successive generations of a family or a group of families or
– social groups.

– It can study private life, for example everyday life and seasonal traditions.

– It can analyse public roles in politics, economic life or culture.

– It can examine the use and transfer of economic, cultural and social capital, and the related tensions and power struggles.

– It can analyse families as generations of public figures, ideological influencers, or socialites – from father to son, from mother to daughter – active within local, provincial, urban or court scenes. Karl Mannheim’s theory of the role of formative ‘key experiences’ – wars, famines, rebellions, economic upheavals – in the making of a self-conscious generation may prove useful here.

– It can examine prominent academic, cultural, political, administrative or military generations – often the ‘new arrivals’ of a particular year or period – who define the political ambitions, fashions, or administrative practices for years to come. They can be analysed either as true game-changers, or as one-time ‘moderns’ whose social influence turned out to be short-lived.

– It can focus on continuity or change, individuals or processes, or entire social groups. The conference welcomes both long-term analyses and synchronic analyses focusing on a particular moment in time.


The main language of the conference is English, and there is no interpretation. We prefer presentations in English, but if presenting in English is not possible, we can accept a number of presentations in Russian. Their abstracts will be translated to Finnish, and the questions/answers related to these Russian-language presentations are interpreted in Finnish and Russian.

There is no participation fee. Travelling and accommodation expenses are not covered by the organiser.

The deadline for presentation proposals is 1 March 2022.

The letters of acceptance/rejection will be sent by 1 April 2022.

You may also attend the conference without giving a presentation. Further information will be provided when the conference programme is published in April 2022.

Feel free to forward this CFP to anyone who may be interested!

Members of the organising committee:
Dr Kristiina Kalleinen
Dr Ira Jänis-Isokangas
Dr Alex Snellman
Dr Marina Vituhnovskaja-Kauppala
Dr Marja Vuorinen

The conference is organised by the
Imperial Era Network

with financial support from the
Kone Foundation

and in cooperation with the
Consulate General of Finland, Saint Petersburg
Finnish Institute in Saint Petersburg
Department of History, European University at Saint Petersburg

Contact Info: 

Send your presentation proposal (max. one page) in English (or in Russian) and possible inquiries to Dr Kristiina Kalleinen.

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