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Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3QY
Dr Natasha Danilova joined the University of Aberdeen in 2014. Dr Danilova has an interdisciplinary education, teaching and research experience, having taught at the universities in Russia, Britain and Malaysia. In 2003, Dr Danilova was awarded a PhD in Sociology (kandidat nauk) (2003) jointly from Saratov State Technical University and The European University St Petersburg (Russia). In 2012, Natasha Danilova completed a PhD in Politics at the University of Nottingham. Through her academic career, Dr Danilova lectured on sociological/political theory, research methods in social science, gender and politics, the politics of memory, International Security and political developments in Russia and the politics of Eurasian states.
In 2016, Dr Danilova completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Go Abroad Tutor for PIR (International Exchange)
Equality and Diversity Committee/Athena Swan application team
Student Recruitment and Experience Committee
- External Memberships
Peer-review: Armed Forces & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Military Studies, Memory Studies, Critical Studies on Security, Journal of Post-Soviet and Soviet Politics and Society, Gender, Place and Culture Journal, Political Studies Review, Europe-Asia Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism
My current research interests are situated in the fields of Critical Military Studies, Feminist International Relations and Art/Visuality in Global Politics. In particular, I study issues relating to gender and war, memory politics, art/aesthetics and politics, militarism and militarisation in Western and non-Western contexts.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Politics and International RelationsSupervising
- International Politics
- International Relations
- Gender Studies
- Political Sociology
- Military History
I am looking forward to work on my new research project, 'Military and Arts Collaborations in the Era of the Global War on Terror: Comparison of the US and the UK (2001-present)' (Nov 2021-Nov 2022), funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities in Scotland
I continue to work on a series of publications resulted from my research project, 'War Commemoration, Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland' (Jan 2017-Jan 2018) and follow-up fieldwork in 2018-19. Dr Kandida Purnell (Richmond University, London) and Dr Emma Dolan (University of Limerick) had worked as Project Research Assistants, and are currently working as co-authors. See updates: https://twitter.com/scot_war
Previously, I was co-investigator of the AHRC-funded 'Hero Project', 2015-16 (AH/M006271/1), which explored the role of a popular hero in modern Britain. Working with Abbie Garrington (University of Newcastle, principal investigator) and Berny Sebe (University of Birmingham, co-investigator), I studied the public perceptions of popular heroes and co-authored a paper with Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya (University of Exeter).
My doctoral research looked at the discourses and practices of war commemoration in the UK and Russia. In particular, it examined the deployment of meaning-making practices centred on British and Russian military fatalities of modern conflicts through the analysis of mass media, physical and virtual memorials, and ceremonies. The findings of this research outlined in my book, The Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and Russia (Palgrave, 2015).
The Warrior-Nation podcast with Forces Watch, @ForcesWatch with Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper @adamec87 and myself @Dr_Danilova, relating contemporary debates around memory/statues and how to move from feeling 'a wee bit uncomfortable' with colonial history to critical engagement with the legacy of colonialism and injustice, https://www.forceswatch.net/resources/warrior-nation-podcast-war-memory-statues-with-adam-elliot-cooper-and-natasha-danilova/ (3 June 2021)
With Dr Emma Dolan (University of Limerick) and Dr Kandida Purnell (Richmond University London), working on the writing-up project relating to gender/race in the cultural politics of militarisation
With Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya (University of Exeter), popular heroes and gender/race inequalities
With Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya (Nottingham Trent University), politics and climate change in post-Soviet Eurasia
Funding and Grants
PI on the research project, 'Military and Arts Collaborations in the Era of the Global War on Terror', Nov 2021-Nov 2022, supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
Principal Investigator on the research project, 'War Commemoration, Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (RG13890/70560), 2017-18
Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded 'Hero Project' (AH/M006271/1), 2015-16
Post-Doctoral Bursary in the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Nottingham, 2012-2013
Overseas Research Scholarship for a PhD programme, University of Nottingham, 2008-2011
Please see a list of courses indicated above
Additionally, I have taught the Hons option course, The Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia (previously titled as Soviet Successor States)
Areas of potential UG supervision: I would be keen to supervise dissertations relating to various aspects of gender politics and Feminist international relations, war and memory, art/aesthetics/visuality and war (inc. museums, memorials, theatre and any other cultural forms), identity politics and the imagerinaries of emerging political and security threats in Britain, Russia and other Eurasian states.
Areas of potential PhD supervision: I mostly work within the fields of critical military studies and Feminist International Relations, and I will be happy to supervise any topics relating to the gendering of war, politics of war memory and commemoration; the interlationship between art/aesthetics/visuality and conflict (inc. museums, memorials, theatre as arenas of global politics); militarisation and militarism; identity politics in Britain/Scotland, regional politics and (in)securities in Russia and other Eurasian states.
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The Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and RussiaPalgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 272 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Victims and heroes: commemorating the Russian military casualties in the Chechen conflictsChechnya at War and Beyond. Le Huerou, A., Merlin, A., Regamey, A., Sieca-Kozlowski, E. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 58-75, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Victory Day: Rituals and Practices of War CommemorationRussia’s New Fin de Siècle. Beumers, B. (ed.). Intellect Books, pp. 131-152, 22 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Review of 'Reassessing Security in the South Caucasus: Regional Conflicts and Transformation' edited by Annie JafalianInternational Affairs, vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 911-912Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
The development of an exclusive veterans’ policy: the case of RussiaArmed Forces & Society, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 890-916Contributions to Journals: Articles
Geroi v bor'be za svoi prava: dvizhenie invalidov voiny v Sovetskom Souze i RossiiОбщественные движения в России. Romanov, P., Yarskaia-Smirnova, E. (eds.). OOO Variant, pp. 59-82, 24 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Publichnaia politika: ot teorii k praktikeAleteia, St Petersburg. 356 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Armiia i obshchestvo: prinstypy vzaimodeistviaNorma, St Petersburg. 343 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Sovremennyi Ermitazh ili muzei v epokhu massovogo obshchestvaNeprikosnovennyi Zapas, vol. 54, no. 4Contributions to Journals: Articles
Veterans’ Policy in Russia: a Puzzle of CreationThe Journal of Power Institutions In Post-Soviet Societies, vol. 6/7Contributions to Journals: Articles