I am a researcher and lecturer in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, and I am affiliated to the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). I earned my PhD at Groningen University, and my dissertation was awarded the Keetje Hodshon Prize in 2014.
My book Post-Soviet Literature and the Search for a Russian Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) focuses on contemporary Russian literature, investigating its (often ambiguous) relations to the new national self-assertiveness of the Putin era. In more recent work I examine the role of conspiracy theory in commemorative practices and cultural memories, both in Russia and beyond. I have written, for example, on the figure of the spy, and its recent reappearance in Russian popular culture. In addition, I have taken up an interest in the much-debated issue of "post-Soviet nostalgia." Together with Ksenia Robbe and Otto Boele I am currently exploring the topic in an edited volume (to be published with Routledge in 2019). Our interest is with the political appropriation of nostalgic narratives and sentiments by post-Soviet states, but we also investigate forms of longing that resist such appropriations and that are rooted in generational attachments, local identities and personal memories.