About the Centre

The Centre for Comparative History and Politics (CCHP) is a team of researchers from different regions and countries, employed by the Faculty of History and Politics, Perm State University (PSU). The Centre was established in 2012 by a group of graduates of two universities (PSU and the European University at St. Petersburg) within the framework of the EUSP's Department Development Partnership Program. The programme laid out the ideas of involving young academics in research and educational projects in the Russian regions, creating a competitive academic environment, and promoting the "circulation of minds".

The "historical" part of the centre focuses on Soviet history: Alexander Reznik (research fellow from 2012 to 2016) studies the political opposition in the 1920s, Maria Romashova and Alissa Klots (research fellow from 2014 to 2016) focus on the history of aging and the elderly. Yevgeny Kazakov examines dissident movements and informal groups of the late Soviet era in an international context. Lyudmila Kuznetsova focuses on the leisure practices and recreation in the USSR in the 1920s-1950s. In the field of political science, Alexei Gilev and Margarita Zavadskaya (researhc fellows 2012-2017) study on patron-client relations, Maria Grigorieva (research fellow 2012-2015) and Andrei Semenov on subnational politics, Irina Shevtsova and Vsevolod Bederson study urban and local politics, and Stanislav Shkel (research fellow 2016-2020) focuses neo-patrimonial regimes. Jesko Schmoller (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Humboldt University in Berlin) joined the Center in 2014. Dr. Schmoller explores ritual practices and the material culture of traditional Islam in Russia. New fellows joined the Centre in 2020: Eleonora Minaeva (Political Science) and Tatiana Bugrimova (History).

Interdisciplinarity and comparative research constitute the methodological approach of the centre’s research projects. Researchers have experience in working with quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences. Regular seminars and discussions, as well as collaborative projects, ensure the exchange of ideas and best scholarly practices. The CCHP projects have been supported by the Russian Scientific Foundation for Humanities (RGNF), Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research (RFFI), Harvard University, the Volkswagen Foundation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The Centre’s activities are integrated into the educational process: its fellows teach key courses for BA and MA students of history, political science, and international relations. A separate focus of the Centre’s work is dedicated to conferences, schools, and open seminars, where academics from different countries, regions, and disciplines have the opportunity to present and discuss the results of their present or future research projects. Since 2013, more than 150 such seminars have been held.

The Cntre today is a research team focused on interdisciplinary and comparative studies in the field of social sciences, history, and anthropology, open to cooperation with the academic community across the globe.

Current research projects include:

Contentious Politics in Russsia Database

Local Executives Database

Politics in Hard Times: New Modes of Securing Political Support in Russia

Shifting Paradigms: Towards Participatory and Effective Urban Planning in Germany, Russia and Ukraine

Mobile and Material Aspects of ‘Traditional’ Islam in the South of Perm Region