After studying for a BA (Hons) in Russian with Serbian/Croatian at the University of Nottingham, I received my MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL) in Politics, Security and Integration, with a focus on memory politics in Russia and South-East Europe. I was awarded my PhD in Russian and Slavonic Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2016 for my thesis 'Youth Film in Russia and Serbia Since the 1990s'.
I have taught in Russian and Slavonic Studies and History at the University of Nottingham and De Montfort University in the areas of Russian, Soviet, Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history and culture, as well as teaching Russian and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language.
My main areas of current research are into the histories of childhood and youth in Russia, the Soviet Union, the Western Balkans (specifically Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina), and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Within this, I focus primarily on visual culture, the representation of childhood and youth, memory, and educational practices in these states.
This year, I am teaching on the following modules:
R81003 Modern Russian Literature: Texts, Contexts, Approaches
R81106 Nation, Myth, Identity: Introduction to Russian and Slavonic Studies (History of the Balkans, Soviet Union, Film and Popular Music)
R81009 From Tsarism to Communism: Introduction to Russian History and Culture
R83085 Serbian/Croatian Cinema
R83112 Russian 3 (Advanced Russian to English Translation)
I am also the Convenor for Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS) Language. If you are interested in learning BCS, please feel free to contact me!.
LAURA TODD, 2017. 'Mourning the lost days of perestroika in Balabanov’s Brother' Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema. 11(3), 212-227
LAURA TODD and ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIĆ, 2016. Belgrade Gay Pride at Last: 21st Century Serbia Between Nationalism and Liberalism. In: ANA MARTINOVSKA and MAJA JAKIMOVSKA-TOŠIK, eds., Pop-Culture: Readings from Below Skopje: Institut za makedonska literatura. 675-693
LAURA TODD and ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIĆ, 2015. Gay Pride and Prejudices: Representations of the LGBT Community in British and Serbian Cinema. In: TATJANA ROSIC ILIĆ, JASNA KOTESKA and JANKO LJUMOVIĆ, eds., The Representation of Gender Minority Groups in Media: Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia Beograd: Fakultet za medije i komunikacije. 239-258