The Russian History Seminar will next meet on Friday, May 3 at 5 pm in ICC 462 on the Georgetown campus to discuss the following paper by Catriona Kelly (New College, Oxford), “From ‘Counter-Revolutionary Monuments’ to ‘National Heritage’: The Preservation of Leningrad Churches, 1964-1982.” Note that the meeting place is ICC 462 and not our regular seminar room 662.
Catriona Kelly, is Professor of Russian, Co-Director, European Humanities Research Centre, and Fellow of New College, Oxford. Kelly works on Russian literature and on Russian cultural history, particularly Russian modernism, gender history, the history of childhood, and national identity. She has published a large number of books and articles in these areas, including: Children’s World: Growing Up in Russia, 1880-1991(2008); Petrushka: The Russian Carnival Puppet Theatre (2009); Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero (2007); Refining Russia: Advice Literature, Polite Culture, and Gender from Catherine to Yeltsin (2001); Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2001); Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1881-1941 and Russian Cultural Studies (with David Shepherd, both 1998); and others.
Kelly is currently leading a large international project on Russian national identity, sponsored by a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (see http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/russian/nationalism) and is working on a study of cultural memory in Leningrad/St Petersburg since 1957, supported by work in archives, interviews, and first-hand observation as well as work with printed sources. Other interests include oral history (for information about the Oxford Archive of Life History, see http://www.ehrc.ox.ac.uk/lifehistory). Catriona Kelly also works as a literary translator, particularly of poetry, and writes for the general literary press (particularly The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement). She is on the editorial board of several journals, including Kritika, Slavic Review,Slavonic and East European Review, and Antropologicheskii forum/Forum for Anthropology and Culture (St Petersburg).