Velizhev, Mikhail


National Research University Higher School of Economics, School of Philology, Russia


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2007/2008

Ph.D. Institution

University of Milan, Italy


I graduated in history and philology at the University for Humanities in Moscow in 2002 and finished my doctorate in Moscow in 2004 and then in Milan in 2006, where I was a post-graduated fellow at Dipartimento di Studi linguistici, litterari e filologici Europa Centro-Settentrionale e Orientale under the supervision of Profs. Maria di Salvo and Laura Rossi.
My dissertation dealt with the nascent of literary criticism in Russia in its sociological perspective (late 18th – early 19th century).
In 2005 I taught at University for Humanities in Moscow as an instructor and since 2006 as a lecturer on comparative history of Russian literature of the 18th and 19th centuries and history of Russian literary criticism.
After the Ph.D., my investigation has been following up the different directions suggested by my research: one deals with the relations of the society, bureaucracy and the court in imperial Russia through the first half of the 19th century (Napoleonic wars, the case of Petr Caadaev in the 1830s), the other – sociology of Russian literature and literary criticism of the 19th century.
Recently I was participating in the project “Cultural and Diplomatic History of Russian-Turkish War 1768-1774: Russian Politics in the Mediterranean” studying the international press on this subject from the point of view of the nascent national and religious ideology of Catherine the Great.
My principal research, still at its beginnings, deals with the transnational perspective of the history of “public sphere” in Russia and Western Europe.
I am currently working on a book on the official notions of Russian history of Nicolas I’s reign (concerning reactions on the “Philosophical Letters” of Petr Caadaev in 1836).

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