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Alexandrina Vanke

(Working) Title of thesis - Working-Class Life and Struggle in Post-Soviet Russia

Academic supervisors

  • Hilary Pilkington
  • Wendy Bottero

Research interests

  • New working-class studies
  • Gender, body and sexuality
  • Critical Sociology
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Qualitative research methods


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Vanke A., Polukhina E. (2015) Social Practices of Using War Memorials in Russia: A Comparison between Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd and Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow. The Russian Sociological Review. Vol. 14. No. 4.  P. 115–128.

Vanke A. (2014) The Corporeality of Working-Class Men in Labour Regimes and the Private Sphere. Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. No.1. P. 60–83, 154–158.

Book chapters

Vanke A. (2018) Masculinities, Bodies and Subjectivities: Working-Class Men in Neoliberal Russia. Masculinity, Labour and Neoliberalism: Working-Class Men in International Perspective / Ed. by Ch. Walker, S. Roberts. London: Palgrave MacMillan. P. 195-218.

Vanke A. (2016) Fear of War. The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives / Ed. by Paul I. Joseph. Thousand Oaks, London: Sage Publications Inc. P.

Vanke A. (2016) Body, Memory and Emotions of Male Members of the Army with Direct Experience of War. Collective Memories in War / Ed. by E. Rozhdestvenskaya, V. Semenova, I. Tartakovskaya, K. Kosela. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Ltd. P. 176–187.

Working papers

Polukhina E., Strelnikova A., Vanke A. (2017) The Transformation of Working-Class Identity in Post-Soviet Russia: A Case-Study of an Ural Industrial Neighborhood. NRU Higher School of Economics. Series SOC Sociology. No. WP BRP 77/SOC/2017.

Book and conference reviews

Vanke A. (2017) Sociological Debate on Inequalities in Russia and Beyond. Russian Sociological Review. Vol 16. № 1. P. 270–277.

In the media

Vanke A. How can I tell what social class I belong in? The Question. November 2016

Vanke A. How do social factors determine which music, fashions, trends, films etc become pop culture phenomena and which don’t? The Question. December 2016

Recently attended conferences and seminars

11-12 September 2017: The University of Southampton. Urban Studies seminar: “Diversity of work ‘places’ and spaces in cities”. Paper: Working-class Identity in Industrial Neighbourhoods in Post-Soviet Russia. Southampton, The United Kingdom.

29 August - 1 September2017: The 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association: “(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”. Paper in co-authorship with I. Tartakovskaya: Gender Habituses of Working-Class Men and Women in Russia. Athens, Greece.

2-5 July 2017: The 24th Annual Congress of the South-African Sociological Association: “#WhatMustRise: Critical Sociological Reflections on Contemporary Protest Movements”. Plenary paper: Working-Class Life and Social Inequalities: Local and Global Perspectives. Mafikeng, The Republic of South Africa.

4-6 April 2017: The Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association: “Recovering the Social: Personal Troubles and Public Issues”. Individual paper: Masculinities, Bodies and Subjectivities: Working-class Men in Neoliberal Russia. Paper in co-authorship with I. Tartakovskaya: Working-Class Career as Choice Biography: Intersections of Class, Gender and Generation. Manchester, The United Kingdom.

3-4 December 2016: The University of Tampere and the Finnish Labour Museum. International seminar «Masculinities on Borders: Films and Talks on Male Realities and Images in Finland and in Russia». Paper: Masculine Memory and Emotions: A Case of Afghanistan War Veterans. Tampere, Finland.

Research experience

2017/2019: collective project “Past and Present of Working-Class Areas: Transformations of Sociocultural and Territorial Identities” supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Grant No. 17-33-01006. Researcher. Project leader Anna Strelnikova.

2017/2018: collective project “The Everyday Life of Industrial Workers: Ethnographic Case-Study of Industrial Neighborhood in Yekaterinburg” conducted within the framework of the Academic Fund Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and of the Russian Academic Excellence Project “5-100”. Grant No. 117-02-0003. Researcher. Project leader Elizaveta Polukhina.

2014/2018: collective project “Intergenerational Social Mobility from XX to XXI Century: Four Generations of Russian History” supported by the Russian Science Foundation. Grant № 14-28-00217. Researcher. Project leaders Vladimir Yadov and Zinaida Golenkova.

2015: international project “Socio-Historical Aspects of National Identification in Russia, Ukraine and Poland” supported by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Grant № 108368. Project leaders Alexandrina Vanke and Giovanni Savino.

2014/2015: collective project “Working-Class Discourse in Russian Mass Media” supported by the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Fund. Grant № 14-33-01260. Project leader Alexandrina Vanke.

2014/2015: collective project “Historical Memory as a Social Space of Conflicts and Solidarity”funded by the Council of the President of the Russian Federation for the Leading Research Groups of Russia. Grant НШ-2753.2014.6. Researcher. Project leader Victoria Semenova.

2013:     international project “Soviet War Memorials and Victory Day” supported by the Franco-Russian Centre for Social and Humanitarian Sciences. Researcher. Project leaders Mischa Gabowitsch and Elena Nikiforova.

2012/2014: collective project “Phenomenon of “Homo Interneticus” – Transformation, Socialization, Identification of Life Styles” supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Grant 6.5765. Researcher. Project leader Victoria Semenova.

Teaching experience

Courses taught in Russian

Scientific and Educational Centre, the Institute of Sociology, the Russian Academy of Sciences. Authored MA level course: “Qualitative Data Analysis” (February – March 2016).

Department of Sociology, the State Academic University for the Humanities. Authored BA level courses: “Discourse Analysis in Sociology” (autumn semester 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), “Sociology of Collective Actions” (autumn semester 2014, spring semester 2016).

Department of Sociology, the Russian State University for the Humanities. BA level courses: “Sociology of Mass Communications” (autumn semester 2012, 2013), “Sociology” (spring semester 2012, 2013, 2014).

Courses taught in English

Department of Social Sciences, the National Research University – Higher School of Economics. Authored MA level course: “Sociology of the Body” (November – December 2014).

Scholarships, grants, awards and prizes

  • The Presidents Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards from Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester, September 2017 - September 2020.
  • PhD Studentship from Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester, September 2017 - September 2020.
  • The young lecturer award from the Russian State University for the Humanities, for the highest level of academic achievements, December 2013.
  • Scholarship for master’s research from the Centre for Gender Studies of the European University at St. Petersburg, September 2009 - June 2010.

Additional information

Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the European Sociological Association (ESA)

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