Alexander Etkind


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


Prof. Etkind will not take on any new supervisees in the academic year 2021-2022

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 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 from 2017 to 2019


Russian, English



For appointments please contact the Administrative Assisant: Fabrizio Borchi

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

Office SACA418 at Villa Salviati, Castello

Current seminars at the EUI

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 


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