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Alexander Etkind


Mikhail M. Bakhtin Professor of History of Russia-Europe Relations


Fields of research

  • European intellectual history
  • Memory studies
  • Natural Resources and the history of political economy
  • Empires and colonies in Europe
  • Russian politics, novel and film (21st century)

Current seminars at the EUI

Current research projects

Alexander Etkind is leading a research project, Resources of Demodernization: Fossil Energy and Human Capital in the Political Economies across Eastern Europe, financed by the EUI Research Council in 2017-2018

Selected recent publications

  • Roads not Taken. An Intellectual Biography of William C. Bullitt. Pittsburgh University Press 2017.
  • Cultural Forms of Protest in Russia, co-ed. with B. Beumers, O. Gurova and S. Turoma. New York: Routledge, 2017.   
  •  “How Russia Colonized Itself. Internal Colonization in Classical Russian Historiography”, International Journal for History, Culture, and Modernity, 3/2, 2015. 
  • “Post-Soviet Russia: The Land of the Oil Curse, Pussy Riot, and Magical Historicism” Boundary 2, 41:1, 2014, 153-170.
  • Memory and Theory in Eastern Europe, co-ed. with U. Blacker and J. Fedor, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Warped Mourning. Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2013.
  • Remembering Katyn. Cambridge: Polity 2012, co-authored
  • Internal Colonization. Russia’s Imperial Experience, Cambridge: Polity 2011 
  • “A Parable of Misrecognition: Anagnorisis and the Return of the Repressed from the Gulag,” Russian Review 68 (October 2009): 623-40
  • “Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied: Magical Historicism in Contemporary Russian Fiction” Slavic Review 68, no. 3 (Fall 2009) 631-658.
  • Хлыст: Секты, литература и революция (The Russian Flagellant: Sects, Literature, and Revolution) Moscow: NLO 1998; second revised edition: 2013
  • Eros of the Impossible: The History of Psychoanalysis in Russia. Boulder - Oxford: Westview 1996 


  • Russian
  • English






Tel. [+39] 055 4686 562 / 362

Email: Alexander.Etkind@EUI.eu


Postal address: 
Department of History and Civilization
Via Bolognese 156
50139 Florence - Italy


Administrative Assistant: Fabrizio Borchi

For appointments please contact: Fabrizio Borchi

Office SACA 418 at Villa Salviati, Castello








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