Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller


Project Leader

Research project: Late Soviet subjectivities and changing regimes of value: People, things, and emotions in the Leningrad region

Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller has been an SNSF professor of East European History since September 2017. Previously she was an SNSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Marie Heim-Vögtlin Grant) at the University of Zurich (2015-2017) and part-time lecturer in History at the Universities of Zurich and St. Gallen (2014-2017). Previously, she was a part-time lecturer in Modern History at Bangor University/ Wales, UK (2010-2013), Teaching and Research Assistant at the Division for East European History of the University of Zurich (2003-2008), and Research Assistant at the History Department of the University of Basel (2001-2004). She obtained her PhD in East European History at the University of Basel after studying East European History, Slavic Philology and Modern German Literature in Freiburg/Br., Cologne, Bonn, and St. Petersburg.

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Anna Sokolova


PhD Candidate

Dissertation project: State Institutions and Everyday Life in Late Soviet Rural Karelia

Anna Sokolova is a PhD student at at the University of Zurich since 2017. She is also affiliated with N.N. Miklukho-Maklay Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian academy of Sciences) and Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, where she reads a course on History of Soviet Rituals. She is a coordinator of Death and Dying Research Group at the Center for Independent Social Research and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal “Anthropology of Russian Death”. In 2015-2016 she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar: Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, MA; Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

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Tatiana Voronina


PhD Candidate

Dissertation project: Late Soviet youth between rural and urban in the Vologda region

Tatiana Voronina is a historian interested in social and cultural history of the late Soviet Union, memory studies and oral history. She studied history at the Vologda Pedagogical University (1994-1999) and at the European University at Saint-Petersburg (2000-2003). She subsequently was a coordinator and research fellow at the Centre for Oral History Center at the EUSPb. She holds a kandidatskaya dissertation degree from the Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg (2004). She was a visiting scholar at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2010-2011) and at the University of California, Berkley, USA (Fulbright fellowship 2011-2012). She is the book review editor at the Journal “Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research”.

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Ekaterina Knoblauch (Kurilova)


Associated PhD student

Late Soviet Amateur Film Culture: Directing Everyday Life in Large Urban Centres and on the Periphery

Ekaterina Knoblauch is a PhD student at the University of Zurich since September 2018. Before she developed an interest in Soviet history studies, she gained broad experience in the area of Russian classical literature and late Soviet cinematography. She graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russian Literature (MA) and from the University of Bern in World Literature (MA). She is affiliated with the interdisciplinary project Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices conducted by ETH Zürich, University of Zurich and Zurich University of the Arts. Her research interests include everyday life and the role of subjectivity during late Soviet socialism, Soviet amateur culture and Soviet film chronicles.

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Andrea Keller


Research Assistant

Andrea Keller studies East European History, Slavic Languages and Literature, and Economics since 2013. She is interested in everyday life during the Brezhnev period, religion and anti-religious campaigns in the Soviet Union,  and in everyday life in Russian villages.

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