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Margarita Pavlova

About me

Margarita Pavlova is a doctoral student and researcher in History and Cultural Studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig University Giessen. She obtained a Master of Arts degree in Comparative History from Central European University (Budapest) and a Bachelor of Arts in History from National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (Saint Petersburg).

Currently, she is a member of the Cultural Memory Studies Research Area and Europe’s East Working Group. Her research project focuses on the development of sociocultural self-organization and the forms of (a)political protests in late Soviet Russia. Since February 2021 she also functions as an editorial team member of On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture.

Dissertation working title: Cultural in Form, Political in Content: Sociocultural Associations of Leningrad Underground in Gorbachev’s Russia

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Bohn


  • Pavlova, Margarita. “Genealogiia publichnoi sfery v pozdnesovetskom obshchestve: Klub-81 i Gruppa spaseniia pamiatnikov arkhitektury kak primery obshchestvennoi samoorganizatsii v Leningrade [The Genealogy of the Public Sphere in Late Soviet Society: The Klub-81 and the Gruppa Spasenia Pamiatnikov Arkhitektury as Examples of Independent Self-Organization in Leningrad],” in Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 164, no. 4 (2020): 65-78.

  • Pavlova, Margarita. “Memorial ‘Kontsentratsionnyy lager ‘Zaksenkhauzen’’ kak mesto politicheskoy konfrontatsii istoricheskoy pamyati o Vtoroy Mirovoy Voyne v sovremennoy Germanii [Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial as a Place of Political Confrontation of the Historical Memory on the Second World War in Modern Germany],” in How Communism Shaped Our World, edited by Schwalbe Klara, Matej Samide, Nicole Hanisch, Miriam Eisleb, 67-72. Berlin: Pro Universitate Verlag, 2018.

  • Mary McAuley, Remembering Leningrad: The Story of a Generation (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2019). 288 pp. IBSN: 978-0-299-32250-2,” Ab Imperio 21, no. 2 (2020): 300-304. Book Review.


  • “Modern Comparative History of Constitutions and Minority Rights”, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. April 2016 - February 2017. Duties: collected primary sources and visualized the evolution of constitutional development using the tools of the Comparative Constitutions Project.
  • “History of the End of the Cold War, the Diaries of Teymuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze”, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center. March 2015 - April 2016. Duties: transcripted and provided a primary source with detailed comments.
Research Interests

  • Late Soviet History and Culture
  • Samizdat and Public Sphere
  • Oral History
  • Memory Studies

  • "Public Sphere in Transition: The Club-81 and the Group for Salvation of Monuments as Examples of Civic Self-Organization during the Late Soviet Period”. July 2019. The Annual Conference for Junior Eastern European Scholars “Tagung der Jungen Osteuropa-ExpertInnen Neue Forschungen zu Osteuropa”. Forschungsstelle Osteuropa (FSO) Universität Bremen, Osteuropa-Kolleg NRW, Bochum, Germany.

  • “Group for Rescue of Monuments in Leningrad: From the Soviet Informal Action to the Post-Soviet Administrative Positions. An Oral History Research” (with Aleksandr Korobeinikov, Central European University, Hungary). March 2018. The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Student Scholarly Society for Humanities “Potluck”. Center for Polish and European Studies. Department of History, Kyiv, Ukraine.

  • “‘Culture Instead of Politics’ ‘Group for Rescue of Monuments’ as a Socio-Cultural Phenomenon of Late Soviet Leningrad, 1986-1990”. June 2017. International Scientific Conference “How Sparkle Creates Flame: Micro Basements of Large-Scale Social Changes”. Center for Comparative History and Political Studies of Perm State National Research University, Perm, Russian Federation.