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Dr. Katja Bruisch

Ussher Assistant Professor in Environmental History

Research Interests

Katja Bruisch is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Environmental History at Trinity since September 2016. Before coming to Trinity, she was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Moscow (2010-2016). She holds a PhD in Eastern European History (2013) and a MA in Eastern European History and Economics (2008) from the University of Goettingen. Her research focuses on the environmental, social and economic aspects of rural transformation in modern Russia. Her first book dealt with the relation between science, politics and the public sphere and the role played by experts in dealing with the "agrarian question" in the late Tsarist and early Soviet periods (Als das Dorf noch Zukunft war: Agrarismus und Expertise between Zarenreich und Sowjetunion). In her current project, Katja is studying peatland reclamation in Imperial and Soviet Russia, focussing on the ideas around, the social practices and the ecological implications of the attempt to turn peatlands into resource reservoirs of the national economy. Her research aims to identify Russia's place in the global process of wetland transformation during the modern period as well as to understand why the sustainable management of peatlands in Russia keeps being a problem until the present.

Selected Publications

  • Als das Dorf noch Zukunft war: Agrarismus und Expertise zwischen Zarenreich und Sowjetunion (Cologne: Böhlau, 2014).

Special issues / edited volumes

  • (Co-edited with Nikolaus Katzer) Reconciling Failure and Success: Soviet Elites and the Collectivized Village, Special Issue at Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 65 (2017) 3
  • (Co-edited with Klaus Gestwa) Terres, sols et peuples: Expertise agricole et pouvoir (xixe - xxe siècles / Land, Soil and People: Agricultural Expertise and Power (19th and 20th Centuries), Special Issue at Cahiers du Monde Russe 57 (2016) 1
  • (Co-edited with Nikolaus Katzer) Bol'shaia voina Rossii: Sotsial'nyi poriadok, publichnaia kommunikatsiia i nasilie na rubezhe tsarskoi i sovetskoi êpokh (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2014)

Journal articles and book chapters

  • “Herrschaft, Ökonomie und Utopie: Russlands ländliche Räume im 20. Jahrhundert,“ in: Magdalena Marszalek, Werner Nell and Marc Weiland, eds., Über Land: Aktuelle literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Dorf und Ländlichkeit (Bielefeld, transcript, 2018), pp. 285-307.
  • “Knowledge and Power in the Making of the Soviet Village,” in: Liesbeth van de Grift and Amalia Ribi Forclaz, eds., Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe (New York, Routledge, 2018), pp. 139-163.
  • (Co-authored with Timur Mukhamatulin) “Coming to Terms with the Village: Stalin’s Death and the Reassessment of Rural-Urban Relations in the Soviet Union,” in: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 65 (2017) 3, pp. 401-422.  
  • "The Soviet Village Revisited: Household Farming and the Changing Image of Socialism in the Late Soviet Period", in: Cahiers du Monde Russe 57 (2016) 1, pp. 81-100
  • (Co-authored with Klaus Gestwa) "Expertise and the Quest for Rural Modernization in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union: Introduction," in: Cahiers du Monde Russe 57 (2016) 1, pp. 7-30
  • (Co-authored with Michael Kopsidis and Daniel W. Bromley) "Where is the Backward Russian Peasant? Evidence against the Superiority of Private Farming, 1883-1913," in: The Journal of Peasant Studies 42/2 (2015), pp. 425-447
  • "Populismus, Profession und Politik: Agrarexperten im späten Zarenreich," in: Tim Buchen and Malte Rolf, eds., Eliten im Vielvölkerreich: Imperiale Biographien in Russland und Österreich-Ungarn, 1850-1918 (Berlin: Oldenbourg / DeGruyter, 2015), pp. 240-260
  • "Contested Modernity: A. G. Doiarenko and the Trajectories of Agricultural Expertise in Late Imperial and Soviet Russia," in: Joris Vandendriessche, Evert Peeters and Kaat Wils, eds., Scientists' Expertise as Performance. Between State and Society, 1860-1960 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015), pp. 99-114

Dr. Bruisch on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Room A6.005
Department of History
Trinity College
Dublin 2

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