Roman N. Abramov is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology of the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He is the author of Russian Managers: A Sociological Analysis of the Evolution of the Professions (Moscow: URSS, 2005). He has published widely on the academic profession in Russia and on the history of social research into occupations and professions in the USSR.
Nick Baron is Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Soviet Karelia: Politics, Planning and Terror in Stalin's Russia, 1920-1939 (2007; Russian ed. 2011), and The King of Karelia. Col P.J. Woods and the British Intervention in North Russia 1918–1919. A History and Memoir (2007; Russian ed. 2013). He is co-editor (with Peter Gatrell) of Homelands: War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918–1924 (2004), and of Warlands: Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in the Soviet-East European Borderlands, 1945–1950 (2009, pbk 2014). He has published numerous articles on twentieth- century Russian and East European history and historical geography. He is currently editing a volume of essays on East European displaced children in the first half of the twentieth century and writing a cultural study of early Soviet cartography.
Octavie Bellavance is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Yale University. Her work focuses on political culture and intellectual life in late Imperial Russia, in a broader European context, and makes use of Russian, French and German language sources. She holds a First Class Joint Honours degree from McGill University, where she read History and Russian, as well as a Master's degrees from both McGill and Yale. Her research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fox International Fellowship. She has presented at several conferences in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Frances Bernstein is Associate Professor of History at Drew University. Her areas of teaching and research are Russian history, history of medicine, history of sexuality and the body, and the history of disability. Her first book, The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses was published in 2007 by Northern Illinois University Press. She co-edited and contributed to Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, and Science, also from Northern Illinois University Press in 2010. Bernstein is currently working on a monograph on the medical treatment of disabled veterans after World War Two.
Elizaveta Blagodeteleva is a researcher at the Laboratory for Socio-Historical Studies at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and an adjunct research fellow at the HSE Centre for Longitudinal Studies. She graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical State University in 2008 and then earned the candidate of science degree for the dissertation ‘The Moscow Bar Association, 1866-1914’ (2012). She has published articles in Russian academic journals, such as History of State and Law, and she has contributed to the collection of essays The Civic Identity of the Russian Intelligentsia (Moscow, 2013; in Russian). In 2010-12 she was part of a research project funded by the Russian Humanitarian Research Foundation.
Andy Byford is Senior Lecturer in Russian at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He is currently completing a book on the history of child science in Russia across the late tsarist and early Soviet periods, a topic on which he has published in journals such as The Russian Review, Osiris, History of the Human Sciences, History of Education Quarterly, History of Education, and others.
Juliette Cadiot is Associate Professor and Vice President of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Her first books and articles deal with the question of nationalities at the end of the Russian empire and in the Soviet Union. She studied how the categories of estates, nationalities, languages and confessions were used by scientists (ethnographers, demographers, linguists), politicians and the state administration in order to manage population in the vast Russian and Soviet empires. She currently works on the project entitled ‘Theft, Thieves, and Soviet Society after the War’, which examines the persecution of those accused of stealing socialist property in the USSR after the war. The project takes particular interest in the informal economy, the circulation of commodities, and social networks of patronage and protection. It also explores the language of rights and justice, and the functioning of the institutions of prosecution and repression. She is the editor of a special issue of Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (2013, 61/2) on Soviet law and justice after the war and the author of an article on the Party’s protection of communists from criminal punishment.
Maxim Demin is Senior Lecturer at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (Saint Petersburg branch). He has studied at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Universities of Jena and Konstanz (Germany). His PhD thesis (2009) was on the ‘Theory of Science’ by Adolf Trendelenburg in the Context of German University Philosophy in the 19th Century. His academic interests include the institutional history of philosophical knowledge, as well as the rhetorical and medial aspects of knowledge production.
Alexander Dmitriev is Associate Professor of History at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and Lead Researcher at the latter’s Poletayev Institute for Historical and Theoretical Studies in the Humanities. He is the author of Marxism without Proletariat: Georg Lukacs and the Early Frankfurt School (Moscow, 2004; in Russian) and editor of the collected volumes The Schedule of Changes: Essays on Educational and Research Policy in Russian Empire and in the Soviet Union (1890-1940) and Historical Culture of the Russian Empire: The Formation of the Representation of the Past (both Moscow, 2012; in Russian). His research interests include the history of late Imperial and Soviet education and the social sciences. He is currently working on a book project that explores the history of the university and the humanities from the Great War till the Great Break.
Victoria Donovan is a Lecturer in Russian at the University of St Andrews where she has taught since 2012. Her research focuses on the cultural and social history of the Soviet Union, in particular the post-Stalin period, and post-Soviet Russia. She is currently revising her DPhil thesis, which examined the state-sponsored regeneration of local culture and traditions in the historic North West of Russia, for publication with the Oxford Modern Languages and Literatures Monographs Series.
Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, Fuller is best known for his foundational work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, which is concerned with the normative grounds of organized inquiry. ‘Social epistemology’ is also the name of a quarterly journal that he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his twenty books. His recent books include The Sociology of Intellectual Life (Sage, 2009), Science: The Art of Living (Acumen, 2010) and a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan: Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (2011), Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 (2012) and (with Veronika Lipinska) The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (2014). Fuller’s works have been translated into over twenty languages. He was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Karl Hall joined the History Department of Central European University in 2003, where he teaches courses on Central and East European intellectual history. Trained at Harvard University as a historian of science, he has written primarily about Soviet physics. His research interests include industrial laboratories, intellectual property, and tacit knowledge; post-1945 transformations of East European scientific institutions; Western scientists as anthropologists and critics of the Soviet experiment; the history of the race concept in imperial Russia; national cultural historiographies of science in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Russia (as well as Austria and Germany) before 1945. He has held fellowships at the Dibner Institute (MIT) and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (Berlin).
Henrietta Mondry is Professor in the Department of Global, Languages and Cultural Studies and member of the Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Fellow in the Academy of Humanities. Her field of research is cultural history and literature. She received a number of prestigious and competitive research awards and fellowships, and published widely, including articles in Slavic and East European Journal, The Russian Review and Russian Literature. Her recent books are Pure, Strong and Sexless: the Russian Women’s Body and Gleb Uspensky (2006), Exemplary Bodies: Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture, since the 1880s (2009) and Vasily Rozanov and the Body of Russian Literature (2010). Her latest book is on the cultural history of animals in Russia: Political Animals: Representing Dogs in Modern Russian Culture (forthcoming 2014).
Jonathan Oldfield is a Reader in Russian environmental studies in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on issues concerning Russian environmental policy and Russian conceptualisations of the natural environment. He is currently working on a British Academy grant exploring the work of the Soviet climatologist M. I. Budyko.
Kenneth M. Pinnow is Associate Professor of History at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, USA, and currently holds the Teacher Scholar Professorship of the Social Sciences at Allegheny. He is the author of Lost to the Collective: Suicide and the Promise of Soviet Socialism (Cornell, 2010). His research interests include the history of Soviet criminology, medicine, and the social sciences. He is working on a book project that explores the history of medical ethics and biomedical research in the Soviet Union.
Dušan Radunović is Lecturer in Russian at Durham University. His core research concerns the transformation of Russian humanities in the late imperial and early Soviet years (Shpet, Bakhtin, Formalism). He has authored a monograph on Mikhail Bakhtin’s formative years (Belgrade: 2012, in Serbian) and has co-edited the volume Language, Ideology, and the Human (Ashgate, 2012). Dušan’s forthcoming monograph (Legenda: 2015) investigates the emergence and the evolution of the concept of form in the early Soviet studies of language and art. In addition, Dušan has a longstanding interest in the cinemas and visual cultures of Russia and the Soviet Union. His most recent publication concerns the politics of the construction of national identity in Soviet cinema.
Vera Shibanova is Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. She studied History, Slavic Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Konstanz and holds a Master‘s degree in Cultural Studies. She is currently completing a PhD dissertation on the history of paedology in the Soviet Union and works as a Postgraduate Research Assistant.
Mikhail Sokolov is Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the European University at St.Petersburg. He did his PhD thesis on political styles of Russian extreme right organizations. Since then, the principal subjects of his research have been the comparative sociology of academic institutions and the comparative history of the social sciences. His most important empirical projects were a microhistory of sociology in Leningrad-St Petersburg (1960-2010), and a study of academic labour markets in five national sociologies. He has also published on Goffman’s microsociology, displays of cultural capital in everyday interactions, intelligence as a profession in the USSR, and the dramaturgy of alcohol consumption.
Tatiana Sokolova received her BA in Philosophy from the Russian State University for the Humanities and her MA in Philosophy from the National Research University, Higher School of Economics. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Ontology, Logic and Theory of Knowledge (HSE) and also works for the Department of Social Epistemology (Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science).
Sergey Tyulenev holds a PhD in linguistics (2000, Moscow State University) and in translation studies (2009, University of Ottawa). He has taught McGill University (2007-2009) and the University of the Free State, South Africa (2011-2012), and he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge (2009-2011). Presently he is Director of the MA in Translation Studies, School of Modern Languages at Durham University. His research interests lie in the history of translation in Russia, the sociology of translation, and the epistemology of translation studies. His recent publications include Applying Luhmann to Translation Studies (Routledge, 2011); Translation and the Westernization of Eighteenth-Century Russia (Frank & Timme, 2012) and Translation and Society (Routledge, forthcoming).
Jakob Zollmann studied history, philosophy, political science, and law in Berlin, Paris and San Francisco. He holds degrees in history (M.A., HU Berlin, 2002; Ph.D., FU Berlin, 2008) and law (LL.M., UC Hastings, 2005). He has worked as a corporate lawyer and is currently Research Fellow at the Rule of Law Center of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. His research has to date focused on the history of international law, colonial law and history, and World War I in Africa.