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Anna Toropova

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I completed my PhD thesis at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London in 2011. After working at UCL as a Teaching Fellow in Russian History for two years, I took up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 2013. In 2016 I joined the History Department at Nottingham as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow.

Expertise Summary

My research focuses on the history, cinema and culture of Russia and the Soviet Union.

Research Summary

i) I have recently begun a Wellcome trust funded project on 'Cinema and Medicine in Early Soviet Russia'. The study aims to shed light on the intersection of medical knowledge, cinematic technology,… read more

Selected Publications

  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2017. 'Probing the Heart and Mind of the Viewer: Scientific Studies of Film and Theatre Spectators in the Soviet Union, 1917-1936' Slavic Review. 76(4), (In Press.)
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2015. ‘An Inexpiable Debt: Stalinist Cinema, Biopolitics and the Discourse of Happiness’ The Russian Review. 74(4), 665-683
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2011. ‘“If we cannot laugh like that, then how can we laugh?”: The “Problem” of Stalinist Film Comedy’ Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema. 5(3), 335-351

Current Research

i) I have recently begun a Wellcome trust funded project on 'Cinema and Medicine in Early Soviet Russia'. The study aims to shed light on the intersection of medical knowledge, cinematic technology, and revolutionary agendas of mind-body transformation in Soviet Russia roughly between 1917 and 1936. This project expands and develops the research I conducted during my British Academy fellowship on early Soviet scientific studies of film and theatre spectators.

ii) I am finishing a monograph, stemming from my PhD thesis, on film as a technology of emotional and affective education during the Stalin era, tentatively titled Feeling Revolution: Cinema and the Politics of Affect under Stalin.

  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2017. 'Probing the Heart and Mind of the Viewer: Scientific Studies of Film and Theatre Spectators in the Soviet Union, 1917-1936' Slavic Review. 76(4), (In Press.)
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2015. ‘An Inexpiable Debt: Stalinist Cinema, Biopolitics and the Discourse of Happiness’ The Russian Review. 74(4), 665-683
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2011. ‘“If we cannot laugh like that, then how can we laugh?”: The “Problem” of Stalinist Film Comedy’ Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema. 5(3), 335-351

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