Hannah Parker

Hannah Parker is an Associate Tutor and researcher at the University of Sheffield, where she completed an AHRC-funded PhD in 2018. Her research focuses on receptions of the concept of the ‘New Soviet Woman’ by ordinary women in the Soviet Union, expressed through their letters to the state. Reach her on Twitter @_hnnhlzbthprkr.

Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright is a Teaching Associate at the University of Sheffield, having just completed a WRoCAH-funded PhD looking at ‘Nationalist’ disabled veterans of the Spanish Civil War and perceptions of masculinity in Franco’s Spain. Find her on twitter @Estefwright.


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Tom Shillam

Tom Shillam is PhD student at the University of York who holds a Departmental Scholarship from the Department of History. His research considers how mid-20th century South Asian intellectuals synthesised anti-authoritarian ideas of their own with those of writers elsewhere to propose a different decolonising politics to the dominant developmentalist dogmas of the time. His round-ups of the latest blogs and articles can be found here. Catch him on Twitter @tomshillam.


Authors A-Z


Charlotte Armstrong (University of York): ‘Max Nordau’s pre-Fascist Discourse of Degenerate Art, and the Authority of Scientific Language’


Joel Baker (University of Sheffield): Redefining the national community during the Spanish Civil War: Queipo de Llano’s radio propaganda broadcasts and ‘Economic Apologies for Francoist Repression, 1937 and 1917’

Amy Jane Barnes (University of Leicester): ‘Knock Down the Gang of Four!’: Caricatures in the British Library’s collection of post-1949 Chinese posters’

Olivia Bašić (University of Manchester): ‘Red Whirlwinds: Fyodor Lopukhov and the Ballet Revolution

Charles Beacroft (University of East Anglia): ‘Educating the ‘Uneducable’: Soviet Deaf-Blind Education and the New Soviet Person’ 

Danny Bird (Freelance/UCL SSEES): ‘The Duty of Vengeance: Violence, the Paris Commune and the consolidation of the Leninist state

Nathan Brand (University of Leeds): Debunking ‘Continuity Russia’

David Brydan (Birkbeck, University of London):The Language of Authoritarian Internationalism


Léa Carresse (McGill University): ‘Linguistic Traces of totalitarianism in Germany’s Red Army Faction: from Stalin’s Soviet Language Policy to National-Socialism

Apurba Chatterjee (University of Sheffield): (forthcoming)

James Chetwood (University of Sheffield): ‘The regulation of identity through names and naming in twentieth century Spain’, ‘Minority Languages in Revolutionary France’

Polly Corrigan (War Studies, Kings College London): ‘The ‘Garrotted Resistance’: Language and Nationalism in the 1930s’ 


Sagar Deva (University of Sheffield): ‘The Institutionalisation of Injustice: The Emperor’s New Clothes?’

Alistair Dickins (University of Manchester): ‘Party Politics and the Seeds of Revolutionary Dictatorship: the Case of Krasnoiarsk in 1917’


Agata Fijakowski (Lancaster University): Re-visiting Musine Kokalari: a lost story of defiance in the face of political oppression (forthcoming)


Mirjam Galley (University of Sheffield): ‘Explaining away Poverty: Soviet Residential Childcare and Social Problems after 1953’  and ‘”An Amoral Lifestyle”: Criminalising Female Sexuality in the Soviet 1960s’

Elizabeth Goodwin (University of Sheffield): ‘An Emotional Break-Up: Historical Pathos Rhetoric in the Brexit Debate’


Katie Harrison (University of Nottingham): ‘Language Policy in Soviet Ukraine’

Lonny Harrison (University of Texas at Arlington): ‘Doctor Zhivago as a Response to the Weaponisation of Soviet Literature and Mass Culture’

Eilish Hart (University of Toronto): Refugees, Exiles and Émigrés: Russia Abroad and the Semantics of Migration’

Dawn Hazle (University of Nottingham): ‘Suicide really isn’t war: megalomania, counterculture and the joy of metal music in the Soviet Union’

Siobhán Hearne (University of Nottingham): ‘Reformable Victims? The Language of Commercial Sex during the First Decade of Soviet Power’; and ‘Girls with Low Social Responsibility’: Putin, Pre-Revolutionary Policing, and Prostitution in the Language of ‘Immorality’.

Victoria Hudson (Kings College London): ‘Just how ‘Pro-Russian’ is the youth of Eastern Ukraine?’


Carmen Levick (University of Sheffield): ‘1989, Memory, and Me’

Liam Liburd (University of Sheffield): ‘Empire and the articulation of fascism: The British Union of Fascists, 1932-1940

Anna Lukina (University of Oxford): ‘The Soviet Court as a Propaganda Instrument’, ‘The Soviet Court as a Propaganda Instrument: the 1936 Case of Semenchuk’


Kathryn Martin (University of Nottingham): Speaking Soviet – The Marriage of Soviet Linguistics and Literacy in the Early Soviet Period’

Claire McGinn (University of York): ‘Monumental Time and the Soviet Dream: Music and (a) post-Utopian Temporality’


Imen Neffati (University of Sheffield): ‘It is not the Maghreb that Islamised itself… It is Islam that maghrebised itself’


Hannah Parker (University of Sheffield): ‘Sensory Disability and the New Soviet Woman’; ‘History Matters: ‘On the Language of “Authoritarian” Regimes’’; ‘New Year Wishes: A Soviet Orphan’s Letter to Krupskaia’

Beth Pennyfather (University of Sheffield):Between Populace and Elite: Challenging Traditional Views of Revolutionary Russia


Fraser Raeburn (University of Edinburgh): ‘Language and the Logic of Stalinism in the International Brigades’

Miguel Rivas Venegas (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid): ‘A Bulwark Made of Words: the Francoist Press during the Second World War’

Jon Rowson (University of Nottingham): ‘The Political Language of Celebration: The Anniversary of the October Revolution, 1918-1932’


Brooke Sales-Lee (Independent Scholar, formerly York University Toronto): ‘Fulton and Fátima: 1917 in the Mind of Catholic Cold Warriors’

Lani Seelinger (Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague): ‘Socialism in Translation: the Challenges of Teaching Communist History in the 21st Century’ and ‘‘Losers’, ‘usurpers’, and their linguistic and historical translation’ (in collaboration with https://www.socialismrealised.eu/)

Samantha Sherry (University of Reading): ‘Zealots, bureaucrats, or ordinary people? Looking for the Soviet censor’

Laura Sumner (University of Nottingham):The Cultural Revolution: proletarian culture in Sormovo, 1917-1921‘ and ”Enemies of the People’: Fake News and the Bolshevik Manipulation of the Press in early Soviet Sormovo’


Alun Thomas (Nottingham Trent University): ‘The Cost of Omission in Soviet Central Asia’

Laura Todd (University of Nottingham): ‘Teaching Soviet Children the Language of Science and Technology’ 


Mark Vincent (Freelance/Independent): ‘‘Outsider’ vs. ‘Our Own’: Confronting a Familiar Paradigm in the Pages of the Early Gulag Press’


Stephanie Wright (University of Sheffield): ‘Letters to a dictator: ‘speaking Francoist’ in 1940s Spain’


Sam Young (University of Sheffield): ‘Justifying Terror: virtue in Jacobin France’