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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 am conducting 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… read more

Selected Publications

  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2020. Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin Oxford University Press. (In Press.)
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2019. 'Science, Medicine and the Creation of a "Healthy" Soviet Cinema' Journal of Contemporary History. (In Press.)
  • 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), 931-958
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2015. ‘An Inexpiable Debt: Stalinist Cinema, Biopolitics and the Discourse of Happiness’ The Russian Review. 74(4), 665-683

Current Research

i) I am conducting 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) My monograph (with Oxford University Press) on film as a technology of emotional and affective education during the Stalin era, titled Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin is due to be published next year.

iii) I have recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement award and am currently working with the filmmaker Steven Sheil on a public film installation based on the script for an early Soviet hypno-therapeutic film titled 'I Do Not Want to Smoke'.

  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2020. Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin Oxford University Press. (In Press.)
  • ANNA TOROPOVA, 2019. 'Science, Medicine and the Creation of a "Healthy" Soviet Cinema' Journal of Contemporary History. (In Press.)
  • 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), 931-958
  • 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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