Irina Anisimova


Guest Researcher



Irina Anisimova’s scholarship combines insights from the humanities and social sciences. Her scholarship falls within three broad categories 1. contemporary culture and politics; 2. empire and postcolonial theory; 3. Russian media and film.

Irina received her Ph.D. in Russian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Before moving to Bergen, she worked at Miami University in Ohio and Florida State University. Until recently, Irina was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen. She is a co-organizer and a co-leader of the Research Group for Contemporary Russia. She is the author of more than 20 academic publications and a co-editor of two edited volumes.

Irina is actively involved in media and cultural outreach, which expresses her strong anti-war position.


2023     lecture, “Cultural Protest in Contemporary Russia” Kuntshall314.

2022     Lecture, “Where is Russia Headed? Public Opinion and a Silent Opposition” with Kyle Marquardt and Martin Paulsen, Bergen Global.

2022     Presentation, “Russia’s Misinformation and Propaganda Strategies, a Unique Case?” The MCB Fact Conference, Future Week Media City Bergen, Bergen.

2022     Opinion, «Fullstendig isolasjon av Russland vil føre til opp­rettelsen av et jernteppe»

2022     Interview: «Russiske stjerner manipulerte vekk krigssymbol etter Putin-show» NRK.

2022     Interview: «Russiske kunstnere har gått fra selvsensur til nå å rømme landet» Morgenbladet, 2022.

2022     Interview: «Russere til TV 2: – Vi merker ikke sanksjonene» TV 2.

2022     Interview: «Rammes hardt av sanksjonene: – Alle er nervøse» TV 2.

2022     Interview: «Putins propagandakrig» NRK.

2022     Interview: «Oligark-mysteriet: tok de livet sitt, eller ble de drept av russiske myndigheter?» ABCnyheter, 2022.

2022     Interview: «Hva vet en vanlig russer om invasjonen av Ukraina?»


Edited Volumes

2023      Energy/Waste: Approaches to the Environment in Post-Soviet Cultures. Eds., Maria Hristova, Alyssa DeBlasio, and Irina Anisimova. Slavica Bergensia 14.

2020      The Cultural is political: Intersections of Art and State Politics.  Eds. Irina Anisimova and Ingunn Lunde. Slavica Bergensia 13.



2023      “The Politics and Aesthetics of Waste in Petrushevskaia’s Fiction.” Slavica Bergensia 14: 112-129.

2023      “Introduction: Energy/Waste in Post-Soviet Cultures.” With Maria Hristova, and Alyssa DeBlasio. Slavica Bergensia 14: 5-19.

2022      “Embodying the Spirit of the Time: Soviet History in Vladimir Sharov’s Fiction.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 64: 1-19.

2020      “From celebrated Novel to Media outrage: The Public Debate surrounding Miniseries Zuleikha Opens her Eyes.” Slavica Bergensia 13: 107-127.

2020      “Introduction: The Cultural is Political.” With Ingunn Lunde. Slavica Bergensia 13: 5-13.

2019      “Between Nation and Empire: Aleksandr Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter.” The Pushkin Review 21: 155-177.

2018      “‘E’ for Empire: Empire and Postmodernism in the Context of the Sochi Olympic Games.” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 12: 1-17.

2017      “Post-Soviet ‘Orient’ in Stories by Vladimir Makanin and Liudmila Petrushevskaia.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 59.1-2: 1-19.

2014      “Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Film (length: 2,000 words).

2012      “From Consumption to Objectification in Viktor Pelevin’s ‘Akiko’.” Studies in Slavic Cultures X: 60-74.

2011      “Terrors of History: Revolutionary Gothic in ‘Mother Earth’ by Boris Pilniak.” Slavic and East European Journal 55.3: 376-95.

2008      “Masks of Authenticity: Failed Quests for the People in Quicksand by Nella Larsen and The Silver Dove by Andrei Belyi.” The Comparatist-Journal of the SCLA 32:  175-92.

2006      “Métissage as an Oppositional Practice.” Atlantikos: A Journal of Transatlantic Scholarship 1: 16-31.


Book and Film Reviews

  • Film Review, ”Vera Storozheva: Maria. Save Moscow (Maria. Spasti Moskvu 2022)” Kinokultura (October 2023).  
  • Film Review, “Aleksei German Jr.: House Arrest (Delo 2021)” Kinokultura (April 2022).
  • Film Review, “Ivan I. Tverdovskii: Conference (Konferentsiia 2020)” Kinokultura (July 2021).
  • Film Review, “Klim Shipenko, The Serf (Kholop 2019).” KinoKultura (July 2020).
  • Film Review, “Mikhail Raskhodnikov, Temporary Difficulties.” KinoKultura (July 2019).
  • Film Review, “Aleksei Pimanov, Crimea.” KinoKultura (July 2018).
  • Book review, “Lipovetsky, Mark, and Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya, eds. Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader.  Book 1. Perestroika and the Post-Soviet Period. Book 2. Thaw and Stagnation.” Russian Review 76.2 (2017).
  • Film review, “Vladimir Kott, The Lower Depths.” KinoKultura (April 2016).
  • Film review, “Aleksandr Vartanov and Kirill Mikhanovskii Dubrovsky.” KinoKultura (October 2014).
  • Film Review, “Aleksei Balabanov: Me too.” KinoKultura (April 2012).
  • Film Review, “Roman Karimov: Inadequate People.” KinoKultura (July 2011).
  • Book Review, “Stage Fright: Politics and the Performing Arts in Late Imperial Russia by Paul Du Quenoy.” Slavic and East European Journal 54.4 (2010).


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See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.


I am currently working on a book project preliminary titled Power and Subversion: Russian Culture in Transition, which examines intersections of contemporary Russian culture and politics in the 2000s. Specifically, the project investigates responses of contemporary Russian writers to two interrelated cultural trends: the conservative and imperial state ideology and its representation by official media using postmodernist aesthetics and fluid and contradictory narratives.