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XLIII Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution


Northumbria University


The Study Group on the Russian Revolution is a UK-based scholarly association with an international membership (comprising scholars from Russia, Europe, the UK and the US). The group was established in 1973 with the aim of promoting new approaches to the study of Revolutionary Russia, and since that year it has held a conference over 2-3 days in early January each year. The annual conference is a forum at which both established and early career researchers in the field present and discuss their research.

As 2017 is the centenary year of the Russian revolutions, our programme will focus on evaluating the state of research on Russia’s revolutionary year, considering recent literature in the field, and setting out agendas for future research. The programme features panels on the following themes:

  • Memory and Commemoration of 1917
  • Society and Politics in 1917
  • Women in Revolution
  • Individuals and the Revolution
  • Revolution across the Russian Empire
  • Re-centering the Revolution
  • Teaching the Revolution

The conference runs over three days, from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 January 2017.

Conference sessions will take place at Northumbria University.

On Friday evening there will be a public session on "the Revolution in Global perspective" at Newcastle’s Mining Institute on Neville Street. There will also be a chance to look round an exhibition of revolutionary materials in the collections of Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society, one of the oldest independent libraries in the UK (next door to the Mining Institute).

The conference is supported by the Economic History Society, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, and Northumbria University’s Research Conference Support Fund.

Registration and Meals

Lunches, teas and coffees on all three days are included in the registration fee. In addition, delegates can opt in to the following dinners:

Thursday 5 January 2017: Caffe Vivo

On the first evening of the conference we will have dinner at Caffe Vivo, an Italian restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside. Tickets are £22 for a three course meal (chosen from a set menu), and can be added when you register for the conference. Menus will be circulated in advance of the conference to those who have signed up for dinner. For sample menus,view Caffe Vivo’s website here.

Friday 6 January 2017: Blackfriars Restaurant

On the second evening of the conference we will have dinner at Blackfriars, a restaurant which occupies the site of a Dominican friary founded in 1239. The restaurant serves traditional British food using seasonal produce from local farms. It offers an award-winning wine list, and serves a large range of local ales. Tickets are £26 for a three course meal (chosen from a set menu), and can be added when you register for the conference. Menus will be circulated in advance of the conference to those who have signed up for dinner. For sample menus, view the Blackfriars website here


Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau have a site dedicated to booking accommodation for the Study Group Conference. The site features a range of hotels for different budgets. Please note, your card details will be taken to secure your booking but no payment will be taken until check in at your chosen hotel. This site will be available to link to on this page once created.

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