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Dr Victoria Donovan, Lecturer

Dr Victoria DonovanContact Details

vsd2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 462948
Office: Quad 43

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 11am-1pm 

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

Victoria Donovan is a cultural historian of Russia whose research explores local identities, heritage politics, and the cultural memory of the Soviet past in twenty-first century Russia. She has research articles published and forthcoming in Russian and English-language journals, including Antropologicheskii forum, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, Slavonica, and Slavic Review. She is currently finalizing her monograph Chronicles in Stone: Preservation, Patriotism and Identity in the Russian Northwest

Victoria is leading several impact projects at the University of St Andrews, including a social arts project to raise awareness of the history of migration from Wales to Ukraine at the end of the nineteenth century (‘Enthusiasm’) and a project to create a theatrical re-enactment of the Russian Revolution at the British Library, in London (‘The Storming of the Library’). 

In 2016-2017 Victoria was selected as one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers. In this role, she has been developing topics from her research for radio and television.

Publications

‘The Irony and Fate of a Twenty-First Century Soviet Era Comedy’
Donovan, V. S. 2017 Ruptures and Continuities in Russian Cinema: Auteurs, characters and genres after the collapse of the USSR. Beumers, B. & Zvonkine, E. (eds.). Routeledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘Militarized Memory: Patriotic Re-branding in Post-Soviet Pskov’
Donovan, V. S. 2017 Beyond Moscow: Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives. Clowes, E., Kokobobo, A. & Erbsloh , G. (eds.). Routeledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘Monument and Memory in Erkin Mergenov’s Ertek’
Donovan, V. S. 2010 14 Essays Inspired by the Sculptures of Erkin Mergenov. Stuttgard: ibidem-Verlag
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

How well do you know your krai? The kraevedenie revival and patriotic politics in late Khrushchev-era Russia
Donovan, V. S. 2015 In : Slavic Review. 74, 3, p. 464-483 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The ‘Old New Russian Town’: Modernization and Architectural Preservation in Russia’s Historic North West, 1961‐1982
Donovan, V. S. 1 Apr 2013 In : Slavonica. 19, 1, p. 18-35 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘“Idya nazad, shagaem vpered”: Vozobnovlenie traditsii kraevedeniya v muzeyakh Severo-Zapada v poststalinskom SSSR’
Donovan, V. S. 2011 In : Antropologicheskii Forum/Forum for Anthropology and Culture. 7, p. 211-230
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘Povestvovatel’nye konstruktsii provintsial’nosti v ustnykh rasskazakh zhitelei severo-zapada Rossii’ / ‘The Narrative Construction of Provincialism in the Oral Testimonies of North West Russians’
Donovan, V. S. 2010 In : Antropologicheskii Forum/Forum for Anthropology and Culture. 12, p. 297-326 29 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Soviet and post-Soviet identities
Donovan, V. S. 1 Jan 2014 In : Modern Language Review. 109, 1, p. 307-308 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc, ed. by Lewis Siegelbaum (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2011)
Donovan, V. S. 2013 In : Slavonica. 2
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Mark B. Smith, Property of Communists: The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khrushchev
Donovan, V. S. Apr 2012 In : Slavonica. 1
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Irina Paperno, Stories of the Soviet Experience: Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)
Donovan, V. S. Apr 2011 In : Slavonica. 1
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Stephen Lovell, The Shadow of War: Russia and the USSR, 1941 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
Donovan, V. S. 2011 In : Slavonica. 2
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review