Team and Contact

The project team includes Dr Maria Engstrom and Dr Vlad Strukov. You can get in touch with us on FB and also by email:


Maria Engström is an Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University and in the School of Humanities and Media Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden. Her research focus is on the Post-Soviet right-wing intellectual milieu, the role of the Orthodox Church in Russian politics, contemporary Russian Utopian imagination, and Imperial aesthetics in post-Soviet literature and art. Engström’s most recent publications include “The New Russian Renaissance”, “Apollo against Black Square: Conservative Futurism in Contemporary Russia”, “Daughterland [Rodina-Doch’]: Erotic patriotism and Russia’s future”, ”Post-Secularity and Digital Anticlericalism on Runet”, “’Orthodoxy or death!’: Political Orthodoxy in Russia”, “Contemporary Russian Messianism and New Russian Foreign Policy”, “Forbidden Dandyism: Imperial Aesthetics in Contemporary Russia”. She co-edited Digital Orthodoxy: Mediating Post-Secularity in Russia, a special issue of Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media ( (2015).


Vlad Strukov is an Associate Professor in Film and Digital Cultures (University of Leeds), specialising in world cinemas, digital media and cultural theory. He is the director of the Leeds Russian Centre (Russia[n] in the Global Context). He is the founding and principal editor of the journal Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media ( He explores theories of empire and nationhood, global journalism and grassroots media, consumption and celebrity by considering the Russian Federation and the Russian-speaking world as his chief case study. In the past two years he has published a monograph entitled ‘Contemporary Russian Cinema: Symbols of a New Era’ (Edinburgh UP), and edited volumes ‘Russian Aviation, Space Flight and Visual Culture’ (Routledge), ‘New Media in New Europe-Asia’ (Routledge) and ‘From Central to Digital: Television in Russia’ (Nauka-Press).