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Nicola Kozicharow

Nicola Kozicharow is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and European art. She will be an Early Career Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge from October 2017. “My current book project, Visual Culture and the Construction of Russian Émigré Identity, investigates the significant role images played in the first ‘wave’ of the Russian emigration following the Russian Revolution of 1917. More generally my work underlines the value of visual culture in providing a window into the experience of migration, whether in the historical period of the Russian emigration or today.”

 

Thanks to the efforts and support of the Likhachev Foundation and Yeltsin Centre, I spent an extremely productive two weeks in St Petersburg. I had valuable meetings with scholars and curators working on Russian émigré art and architecture who assisted me in accessing archives, libraries, museums, and (most excitingly) private collections with materials relevant to my research. These initial meetings led to a domino effect of introductions to other scholars who could also assist with the project. Due to these connections, my research in Russia for my book has been made infinitely easier, and I now anticipate future collaborations, projects, and publications with my new contacts in St Petersburg. This entry into the rich, active world of Russian academia could not have been possible without the Likhachev, and I was impressed by the resourcefulness of those I met and the alacrity with which they offered to help. The Chaliapin House Museum was among the most memorable visits for me. It was thrilling to have curators pull out items from drawers and lockers that might interest us, including two theatre designs by Russian émigré artist Dmitry Stelletsky (a key player in my book) that I did not know the location of. The fellowship was full of moments like this, and not only provided unparalleled support for my current monograph but also gave me fresh ideas and a host of previously unknown material for future projects.