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Professor Susan E. Reid, PhD History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

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Honorary Professor (Transnational and European) in the Department of History

Contact Professor Susan E. Reid (email at susan.e.reid@durham.ac.uk)

Susan E. Reid is Professor of Transnational and Modern European History in the Department of History, Durham University. From September 2015 to August 2019 she was Professor of Cultural History at Loughborough University. Until 2015 she was Professor of Russian Visual Culture at University of Sheffield. She has published widely on painting, visual and material culture, design, gender and consumption in the Soviet Union, with a focus on the Khrushchev era and Cold War cultural interactions, and has an interest in exhibitions and their publics.

Visiting Professor of Cultural and Visual History in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University, 1 November 2019-

Honorary Research Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Sept 2015-18

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Cold War culture
  • Late Soviet everyday culture
  • Socialist consumer culture
  • Soviet Russian art, visual culture design and material culture

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Reid, Susan E. (2020). ‘American Art in Moscow 1959 and the Cold War Politics of the Public.’. In The Cool and the Cold. Painting from the USA and USSR 1960–1990. The Ludwig Collection. Dodenhoff, Benjamin, Franzen, Brigitte & Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung Berlin: Köln: Walther König. 80-99.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2019). "How did Material Culture Matter in the Khrushchev Era USSR? Everyday Aesthetics and the Socialist Culture of Things". In Zeitgeschichte der Dinge. Spurensuchen in der materiellen Kultur. Ludwig, Andreas Böhlau Verlag. 29-44.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2018). "(Sotsialistliku) Realismi vabastamine: Hrustsovi sulaaegsete rahvusvaheliste kokkupuudete moju noukogude kunstipraktikale ja- diskursusele" ["(Socialist) Realism Unbound: The Effects of International Encounters on Soviet Art Practice and Discourse in the Khrushchev Thaw.". In Lola Liivat. Spiritual Resistance (Lola Liivat. Vaimu vastupanu. Kont, Hanna-Liis Tartu Art Museum.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2018). "Как обживались в позднесоветской модерности" ("Making Oneself at Home in Late Soviet Modernity"). In Posle Stalina (After Stalin: Subjectivity in the Late Soviet Union (1953-1985. Pinsky, Anatoly St Petersburg University Press. 352-97.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2018). "Communist Comfort: Socialist Modernism and the Making of Cozy Homes in the Khrushchev Era". In The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space, and Gender. Staub, Alexandra Routledge.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2018). “'Palaces in Our Hearts': Caring for Khrushchevki". In Architecture, Democracy and Emotions: The Politics of Feeling since 1945. Großmann, Till & Nielsen, Philipp Routledge. 141-174.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2018). The Soviet Pavilion at Expo ’58. In A History of Russian Exposition and Festival Architecture, 1700-2014. Aronova, Alla & Ortenberg, Alexander Routledge.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2017). "Кто кого? Реакция советского народа на Американскую национальную выставку в Москве в 1959 г.". In SSSR i SShA v XX veke: vospriatie ‘drugogo’ (Soviet-American Perceptions in the 20th Century). Fieseler, Beate & Magnusdottir, Rosa ROSSPEN. 855-905.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2016). "(Socialist) Realism Unbound: The Effects of International Encounters on Soviet Art Practice and Discourse in the Khrushchev Thaw". In Art beyond Borders: Artistic Exchange in Communist Europe (1945–1989. Bazin, Jérôme Glatigny, Pascal Dubourg & Piotrowski, Piotr Central European University Press. 267-97.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2016). Foreword. In Art and Diplomacy: East-West Cultural Interactions and the Cold War. Mikkonen, Simo & Suutari, Pekka Ashgate.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2015). "Everyday Aesthetics in the Khrushchev-Era Standard Apartment". In Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present. Chatterjee, Choi Ransel, David Cavender, Mollie & Petrone, Karen Indiana University Press. 203-233.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2015). "Khrushchev in Wonderland: The Pioneer Palace in Moscow’s Lenin Hills, 1962". In Walls that Teach. Müller, Andreas & Pietsch, Susanne Japsam. 127-56.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2013). "This is Tomorrow: Becoming a Consumer in the Soviet Sixties". In The Socialist Sixties: Crossing Borders in the Second World. Gorsuch, Anne & Koenker, Diane Indiana University Press. 25-65.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2012). "(Socialist) Realism Unbound: The Effects of International Encounters on Soviet Art Practice and Discourse in the Khrushchev Thaw ". In Socialist Realisms: Soviet Painting 1920-1970. Bown, M. & Lafranconi, M. Skira. 261-76.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2011). "Building Utopia in the Back Yard: Housing Administration, Participatory Government, and the Cultivation of Socialist Community". In Mastering Russian Spaces. Schlögel, Karl R. Oldenbourg.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2010). "Communist Comfort: Socialist Modernism and the Making of Cosy Homes in the Khrushchev Era". In Homes and Homecomings: Gendered Histories of Domesticity and Return,. Adler, K. H. & Hamilton, Carrie Wiley-Blackwell. 11-44.
  • Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. (2010). "Introduction: Pleasures in Socialism". In Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc. Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. Northwestern University Press. 3-51.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2010). "The Khrushchev Kitchen; Domesticating the Scientific-Technological Revolution". In The Design History Reader. Houze, Rebecca & Lees-Maffei, Grace Berg. 158-64.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2010). "Who Will Beat Whom? Soviet Popular Reception of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959". In Imagining the West in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Péteri, György University of Pittsburgh Press. 194-236.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2009). "Happy Housewarming". In Petrified Utopia: Happiness, Soviet Style. Balina, Marina & Dobrenko, Evgeny Anthem Press. 133-60.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2009). "Soviet Responses to the American Kitchen". In Cold War Kitchen: Americanization, Technology, and European Users. Oldenziel, Ruth & Zachmann, Karin MIT. 83-112.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2009). "The Soviet 'Contemporary Style': A Socialist Modernism". In Different Modernisms, Different Avant-Gardes: Problems in Central and Eastern European Art After World War II. Helme, Sirje KUMU Art Museum. 71-112.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2008). "The Pioneer Palace in the Lenin Hills, Moscow, 1962". In Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture. Kivelson, V. & Neuberger, Joan Yale University Press. 218-223.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2008). “Our Kitchen is Just as Good” Soviet Responses to the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959. In Cold War Modern. Crowley, David & Pavitt, Jane V&A Publications. 141-46.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2007). "Gender and the De-Stalinization of Consumer Taste in the Soviet Union under Khrushchev". In Gender and Consumption: Domestic Cultures and the Commercialisation of Everyday Life. Casey, Emma & Martens, Lydia Ashgate Press. 49-76.
  • Blakesley, Rosalind P. & Reid, Susan E. (2006). "A Long Engagement: Russian Art and the 'West'”. In Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts. Blakesley, Rosalind P. & Reid, Susan E. Northern Illinois University Press. 3-20
  • Cooke, Catherine & Reid, Susan E. (2006). "Modernity and Realism". In Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts. Blakesley, Rosalind P. & Reid, Susan E. Northern Illinois University Press. 172-94.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2006). "The Meaning of Home: 'The Only Bit of the World You Can Have to Yourself'". In Borders of Socialism: Private Spheres of Soviet Russia. Siegelbaum, Lewis Palgrave. 145-70.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2006). "Toward a New (Socialist) Realism: The Re-Engagement with Western Modernism in the Khrushchev Thaw". In Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts. Blakesley, Rosalind P. & Reid, Susan E. Northern Illinois University Press. 217-39
  • Reid, Susan E. (2005). "Modernizing Socialist Realism in the Khrushchev Thaw: The Struggle for a Contemporary Style in Soviet Art". In Dilemmas of De-Stalinization: Negotiating Cultural and Social Change in the Khrushchev Era. Jones, Polly Routledge Curzon. 209-30.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2004). "Women in the Home". In Women in the Khrushchev Era. Ilič, Melanie, Reid, Susan E. & Attwood, Lynne Palgrave Macmillan. 149-76.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2004). “'Byt – ne chastnoe delo': vnedrenie sovremennogo vkusa v semeinuiu zhizn’". In Semeinye uzy: modeli dlia sborki. Ushakin (Oushakine), S. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. 360-91.
  • Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. (2002). "Introduction". In Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc. Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. Berg. 23-46.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2002). "Khrushchev’s Children’s Paradise: The Pioneer Palace, Moscow, 1958-1962". In Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc. Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. Berg. 141-79.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2001). "The New Soviet Woman and the Leader Cult in Soviet Art". In Women in the Stalin Era. Ilič, Melanie Macmillan. 194-215.
  • Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. (2000). "Style and Socialism". In Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe. Reid, Susan E. & Crowley, David Berg. 1-24.
  • Reid, Susan E. (2000). "The Exhibition Art of Socialist Countries, Moscow, 1958-1959, and the Contemporary Style". In Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe. Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. Berg. 101-32.
  • Reid, Susan E. (1999). "Destalinisation in the Moscow Art Profession". In Regime and Society in Twentieth-Century Russia. Thatcher, Ian Macmillan. 146-84.
  • Reid, Susan E. (1999). "Gender Relations in the Visual Culture of the Khrushchev Thaw". In Fenomen pola v kul’ture [Sex and Gender in Russian Culture]. Russian State University for the Humanities. 93-106.
  • Reid, Susan E. (1993). "The Art of Memory. Retrospectivism in Soviet Painting of the Brezhnev Era". In Art of the Soviets. Bown, M. Cullerne & Taylor, Brandon Manchester University Press. 161-87.

Edited book

  • Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. (2010). Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc. Northwestern University Press.
  • Blakesley, Rosalind P. & Reid, Susan E. (2006). Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts.
  • Ilič, Melanie, Reid, Susan E. & Attwood, Lynne (2004). Women in the Khrushchev Era. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Crowley, David & Reid, Susan E. (2002). Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc. Berg.
  • Reid, Susan E. & Crowley, David (2000). Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe. Berg.

Edited Journal

  • Reid, Susan E. (2009). Consumption and Everyday Culture After Stalin. Russian Studies in History, 48 (1).
  • Reid, Susan E. (1997). "Design, Stalinism and the Thaw". Journal of Design History, 10 (2).

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