Department of Slavonic Studies

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of Slavonic Studies

Dr Alexander Etkind   

Professor Alexander Etkind


King's College


Professor of Russian Literature and Cultural History
Department of Slavonic Studies

Postal Address:
King's College
Cambridge CB2 1ST



Phone:  (+44) (0)1223 331242 Fax  (+44) (0)1223 335062

Alexander Etkind has PhD in Psychology from Bekhterev Institute, Leningrad, and another in Slavonic Literatures from the University of Helsinki. Before coming to Cambridge, he taught at the European University at St. Petersburg, with which he continues to collaborate. He was a visiting professor at New York University and Georgetown University, and a resident fellow at Harvard, Princeton, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Research interests are internal colonization in the Russian Empire, comparative studies of cultural memory, and the dynamics of the protest movement in Russia. In 2010-2013, he is directing the European research project, Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

Curriculum vitae


Warped Mourning. Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied, under contract with Stanford University Press, forthcoming.

Там, внутри. Практики внутренней колонизации в культурной истории России, co-edited with Dirk Uffelmann and Ilia Kukulin, NLO (Moskva), 2012.

Remembering Katyn, co-authored with 6 participants of the Memory at War project. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012.

Internal Colonization. Russia’s Imperial Experience, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011.

Хлыст: Секты, литература и революция. Москва: НЛО 1998.

Eros of the Impossible: The History of Psychoanalysis in Russia. Boulder - Oxford: Westview 1996  (translated by Noah and Maria Rubens). Published in Russian in 1993. Translated into French, German, Swedish, Hungarian, Serbian, Bulgarian.