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Historisches Seminar SNSF Professorship Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller

SNSF Professorship
Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller


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Project "Late Soviet Village"

The project studies ambivalences of late Soviet society (60s to 80s), in contrast to current research, beyond urban modernity. Instead of reproducing the traditional narrative of decline, it proposes a new conceptualisation of the late Soviet village as a specific modus of entanglement between the city and the village and as a product of simultaneous “ruralisation” of urban life styles and “urbanisation” of rural life styles. By focusing on consumption practices, youth culture, family networks, Soviet rituals and community life in state farms (sovkhosy) of North-West Russia, the project will address issues of self-perception and –articulation of Soviet villagers vis-à-vis changing ideological frames and social practices between utopian urban modernity and the legacy of collectivization. These issues will be approached by analysing the emotional quality of interactions between people and institutions and subjectivization practices through acquiring things. Focusing on such crucial moments in individual actors’ life-worlds as the acquisition of a first TV or making one’s own jeans will enable profound discussion of late Soviet subjectivities beyond urban centres and well-educated cosmopolitan elites, including ordinary people from villages. The study will offer new insights into diverse temporalities and modi videndi in late Soviet society. It will further contribute to the discussion of continuities of Soviet practices and community formation into the post-Soviet period.



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Prof. Dr. Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller


University of Zurich
East European History
Karl Schmid-Strasse 4 (Post)
CH-8006 Zurich



Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Rämistrasse 64 (room 314)
CH-8001 Zurich 


Phone: + 41 44 634 36 45

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ice and snow


Emeliantseva Koller, E.: Negotiating "Coldness": The Natural Environment and Community Cohesion in Cold War Molotovsk-Severodvinsk, in: Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt, and Franziska Torma (eds.): Ice and Snow in the Cold War Histories of Extreme Climatic Environments, N.Y./Oxford: Berghahn 2018, pp. 261-292.


Emeliantseva Koller, E.: «Homo Sovieticus» auf dem Land. Das spätsowjetische Dorf als Leerstelle und Blackbox in der Historiographie zur sowjetischen Moderne (Zeitgeschichte Online)