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Laura Todd

Assistant Professor, Russian and Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts



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 (photography and film), the representation of childhood and youth, memory, and educational practices in these states. In addition to this, I have research interests in nationalism, memory and commemoration, propaganda and political culture, and heritage in post-conflict and post-socialist states.

Teaching Summary

I teach on the following modules:

MLAC1161 The Soviet Experiment

MLAC2208 Yugoslavia from Creation to Collapse

MLAC3066 Brotherhood and Unity: Yugoslavia on Film

MLAC3084 Russian 3 (Advanced Russian to English Translation)

MLAC3175 Language Project in Slavonic Studies

I am also the Convenor for Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS) Language at all levels. If you are interested in learning BCS, please feel free to contact me!

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