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Dr. Olga Tabachnikova

Lecturer in Russian Studies

School of Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB039


Subject Areas: Russian Literature, Culture and Language

Dr Olga Tabachnikova teaches ab-initio Russian Language and Background to Russian Studies, and is a Subject Leader for Russian. She joined SoLLIS in September 2014, after working at the Universities of Bath and Bristol (UK), and the University of Trier (Germany). Her main area of expertise is Russian literature and Russian cultural history from the 19th century to the present day. Olga has published extensively in the field of Russian Studies, and is also an author of two books of poetry (in Russian).

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Dr Olga Tabachnikova has two doctorates from the University of Bath – in Franco-Russian Studies (2007) and in Mathematics (1995). Prior to joining UCLAN in September 2014, Olga held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the Russian Department of the University of Bristol, working on the theme of Russian Irrationalism, and a research assistantship at the University of Trier. She also lectured Russian Cultural Studies at the University of Bath, and organised a research network for the study of Russian Jewish Cultural Continuity in the Diaspora, as part of the research project sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.  During her doctoral study, Olga was a holder of the highly competitive Entente Cordiale Scholarship to the Sorbonne, France. 

Olga’s interests and knowledge encompass both classical and contemporary Russian culture (from the 19th century to the present) with the main focus on cultural and literary history and the history of ideas. She also has extensive expertise in teaching Russian language at all levels, including Russian-English translation.

Olga’s publication record includes editing two peer-reviewed collective volumes and co-editing one, and authoring two monographs (one forthcoming) and one fully annotated, scholarly edition of unique archival materials (all with internationally renowned academic publishers). She has also published numerous scholarly papers and chapters in books world-wide, participated in more than 40 conferences, giving papers (including being Invited Speaker), and organised and co-organised 7 international conferences at 4 UK universities and several international web-symposia, as well as organising panels at various international conferences world-wide. She has also been a member of steering committees for a number of academic initiatives in Europe and beyond, and attracted research funding from various sources, most notably from the Leverhulme Trust, UK, and was involved in several international collaborative projects.


Facets of Russian Irrationalism between Art and Life, Mystery inside Enigma (editor) (Brill-Rodopi, 2016)

Russian Irrationalism from Pushkin to Brodsky: Seven Essays in Literature and Thought (Bloomsbury Academic Publishing (formerly Continuum), 2015)   

Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture (1917-1937) (co-edited with Peter Wagstaff and Jorg Schulte) (BRILL, 2012)

Anton Chekhov through the eyes of Russian thinkers: Vasilii Rozanov, Dmitrii Merezhkovsky and Lev Shestov (editor) (Anthem Press, 2010)

More Publications

Major Conference

Major International Conference in Russian Studies: 'A Culture of Discontinuity? Russian Cultural Debates in Historical Perspective ', 3-5 May 2016 - For more information on the conference, please click here.

Research Activities

Sociologically and culturally informed Russian literary-philosophical research: Russian cultural continuity; gender and identity studies; links between Russian thought, literature and film. Comparative literature. Research-led teaching; Interdisciplinary research networking; Archival research.


Dr Olga Tabachnikova teaches ab-initio Russian Language and Background to Russian Studies, and is a Subject Leader for Russian.

Research Projects

Major projects include: 

‘Russian Irrationalism, Past and Present: Between Philosophy, Theology and the Arts’, University of Bristol, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, UK (2009-2011)

‘Russian-Jewish cultural continuity in the Diaspora (the case of Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937)’, University of Bath, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, UK (2008-2009)

Research Administration

Organizing the Russian Seminars Programme - a number of events to promote Russian Studies at UCLan.

Co-organizing the LCL (Linguistics, Cultures and Literatures) Research Seminar Series.

Co-organizing an International Conference “Russian Émigré Culture: Transcending the Borders of Countries, Languages, and Disciplines” to be held on 13-15 November 2015 at the Department of Slavonic Studies of Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany).

External Activities

Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies of the University of Bath

Member of the Scientific Committee for the international conference ‘Literary Scholarship and Russian Studies: Self-consciousness, Geo-cultural Variability and the Boundaries of the Profession', Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2015.

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the annual international web-symposia on the problems of artistic education, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

Member of the International Steering Committee for the project on ‘Russian-Jewish cultural continuity in the Diaspora’, based at the university of Bath in 2008-2009.

Member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal ‘Humanity Space’ (Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia).

Member of the Editorial Board for the volume Modern Study of Literature. Theory. History of Literature. Creative Personalities. To the 130th Anniversary of E.I. Zamyatin, Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Tambov and Elets State Universities, Tambov-Elets-Moscow, Russia, 2014.

Member of the biennial ESSHC: European Social Science History Conference (Oral History & Life Stories Network and Gender Studies Network).


  • Member of BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies)
  • Member of AWSS (Association for Women in Slavic Studies)
  • Member of BAJS (British Association for Jewish Studies)
  • Member and Web-master (2001-2002) of BFASRC (British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture)
  • Member of MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association)
  • Member of the International Dostoevsky Society
  • Member of the International Chekhov Working Group
  • Member of the Lev Shestov Studies Society


Conferences Organised and Co-Organised

International conference on ‘Russian Irrationalism in the Global Context: Sources and Influences’, University of Bristol, 30-31 March, 2010

The 1st Interdisciplinary International Network Symposium ‘Cultural Continuity in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin (1917-1937). The Experience of Russian Jews in an Era of Social Change’, University of Bath, 8-10 September, 2008

The 2nd Interdisciplinary International Network Symposium 'Between Metropolis and Diaspora', University of Portsmouth, 16-17 February, 2009

The 3rd Interdisciplinary International Network Symposium 'Translations and their Influence upon the Continuity of Russian Jewish Culture in the West between the World Wars', Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, 21-22 September, 2009

A one-day International conference for the British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture (BFASRC), Bath, October 25, 2008

An International Conference on the Contemporary Russian Women Writers (CRWW) held in conjunction with the International Conference on the Contemporary European Women Writers: Gender and Generation, Bath, March 31 – April 2, 2005

A one-day International conference for the British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture (BFASRC), Bath, October 18, 2003

Conference Papers


New Russian 'macho' between literature and life’, Organiser of the panel ‘Continuity and change: Masculinity patterns in contemporary Europe’. Speaker: jointly with Natalia Vinokurova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) forthcoming, the IX World Congress of ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) in Makuhari, Japan, August 2015.


(Invited Speaker) ‘On reason, religion and irony: Evgenii Zamiatin’s novel “My” in the context of European irrationalism’ (International Conference ‘Contemporary Literary Studies: Dialogue of Slavic Cultures – for the 130th Anniversary of E.I. Zamiatin’, 1-4 October 2014). 


‘“English” Chekhov’ (International Conference “Chekhov’s map of the world” (for the 110th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s death), Melikhovo, 3-7 June 2014 ).

Conference Paper (jointly with Natalia Vinokurova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) ‘Making sense of the past trauma in narratives of the self: moral, social and historical spaces of self-interpretation’ (ESSHC 2014 /the European Social Science History Conference, organized by the International Institute of Social History (IISH), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences/, Vienna, 23-26 April 2014).

(Invited Speaker) ‘The role of cultural discourse in contemporary education’ (the international symposium ‘Problems and prospects of artistic education in the context of contemporary culture’, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, 25 March 2014)

Love as a Moral Category in Russian Literature’ (‘New UK Research in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature’ Symposium, Darwin College, Cambridge, 1 February 2014)




(Invited Speaker) ‘The concept of love in Russian cultural canon: shifts of the paradigm’ (the VII international conference ‘The Rational and Emotional in Russian Literature and Folklore’, Volgograd State university, Volgograd, Russia, October 2013)