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Dr. Katja Bruisch

Ussher Assistant Professor (History)

Ussher Assistant Professor in Modern Environmental History (Trinity College Dublin, since 2016), Research Fellow (German Historical Institute Moscow, 2010 - 2016), Phd (Eastern European History, University of Goettingen, 2013); MA (Eastern European History & Economics, University of Goettingen, 2008).
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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde 2016
European Society for Environmental History 2017
Katja Bruisch, The State in the Swamps: Territorialization and Ecosystem Engineering in the Western Provinces of the Late Russian Empire, Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung / Journal of East Central European Studies, 68, (3), 2019, p345-368-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Knowledge and Power in the Making of the Soviet Village in, editor(s)Liesbeth van de Grift and Amalia Ribi Forclaz , Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe, New York, Routledge, 2018, pp139-163 - [Katja Bruisch], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Herrschaft, Ökonomie und Utopie: Russlands ländliche Räume im 20. Jahrhundert in, editor(s)Magdalena Marszalek, Werner Nell, Marc Weiland , Über Land: Aktuelle literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Dorf und Ländlichkeit, Bielefeld, transcript, 2018, pp285 - 307, [Katja Bruisch], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Nature Mistaken: Resource-Making, Emotions and the Transformation of Peatlands in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, Environment and History, 2018, p24 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 65, 3, (2017), Katja Bruisch; Nikolaus Katzer, [eds.], Notes: [Reconciling Failure and Success: Soviet Elites and the Collectivized Village], Journal, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch; Timur Mukhamatulin, Coming to Terms With the Village: Stalin's Death and the Reassessment of Rural-Urban Relations in the Soviet Union, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 65, (3), 2017, p401 - 422, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
'Ich habe gesehen, wie Kühe automatisch trinken': Das ländliche Amerika als Gradmesser russischer Rückständigkeit in, editor(s)David Feest, Lutz Häfner , Die Zukunft der Rückständigkeit: Chancen - Formen - Mehrwert. Festschrift für Manfred Hildermeier zum 65. Geburtstag, Cologne, Böhlau, 2016, pp332 - 348, [Katja Bruisch], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Cahiers du Monde Russe , 57, 1, (2016), Katja Bruisch; Klaus Gestwa, [eds.], Notes: [Terres, sols et peuples: Expertise agricole et pouvoir (xixe - xxe siècles / Land, Soil and People: Agricultural Expertise and Power (19th and 20th Centuries)], Journal, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, The Soviet Village Revisited: Household Farming and the Changing Image of Socialism in the Late Soviet Period, Cahiers du Monde Russe, 57, (1), 2016, p81 - 100, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Katja Bruisch, Klaus Gestwa, Expertise and the Quest for Rural Modernization in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union: Introduction, Cahiers du Monde Russe, 57, (1), 2016, p7 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Katja Bruisch, Brennendes Erbe: Staat und Nature in der jüngeren Geschichte Russlands, Zeitgeschichte Online, (März ), 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch , Review of Wisent-Wildnis und Welterbe. Geschichte des polnisch-weißrussischen Nationalparks von Białowie˙za, by Dalhouski, Aliaksandr; Bohn, Thomas; Krzoska, Markus , HSozKult, (23.05.2018), 2018, Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of Das Ende der Bauernwelt: Die Sowjetisierung des westweißrussischen Dorfes 1944-1953, by Małgorzata Ruchniewicz , Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie, (2), 2016, p118-120 , Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet farms 1930-1963, by Jenny Leigh Smith , HSozKult, (27.04.), 2015, Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia's Grasslands, 1700-1914, by David Moon , jgo.e-reviews, (2), 2015, p10-11 , Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of Cultivating the Masses. Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914- 1939, by David L. Hoffmann , jgo.e-reviews , (3), 2013, p25-26 , Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of Sowjetisch wohnen. Eine Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte der Kommunalka, by Sandra Evans , jgo.e- reviews, (4), 2013, p18-20 , Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of Gegenarchive. Bäuerliche Autobiographik zwischen Zarenreich und Sowjetunion, by Julia Herzberg , Sehepunkte, (7-8), 2013, Review, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Krest'ianskaia ideologiia dlia krest'ianskoi Rossii: Agrarizm v Rossii nachala XX veka, Krest'ianovedenie, 7, 2012, p142 - 158, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Katja Bruisch, Review of Agrarian Reform in Russia: The Road from Serfdom, by Carol S. Leonard , HSozKult, (07.12.), 2012, Review, PUBLISHED


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My research focuses on environmental, social and economic transformations in the Russian countryside since the mid-nineteenth century. In my first book, I analysed the relation between science, politics and the public sphere and the role played by experts in dealing with the 'agrarian question' in the late Tsarist and early Soviet periods (Als das Dorf noch Zukunft war: Agrarismus und Expertise between Zarenreich und Sowjetunion, Böhlau publishers 2014). My current project is on the transformation of peatlands in the context of Russia's transition to the fossil fuel age, examining the ideas around, the social practices and the ecological implications of the attempt to turn peatlands into resource reservoirs of the growing and increasingly energy-intensive national economy. I aim to identify Russia's place in the global process of wetland transformation during the modern period as well as to understand why the sustainable use of peatlands in Russia keeps being a problem until the present.