School of Modern Languages
Dina Khapaeva joined the School of Modern Languages in 2012. She received a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia. She studies Russian literature and culture, including the grand literary tradition and Soviet and post-Soviet fiction and film. Her research and teaching interests lie on the intersection of cultural studies, memory studies, medievalism, history of emotions, and death studies. Her most recent book project The Celebration of Death in Russia and America, compares the ways of engaging with death and representations of violent death in Russian and American popular culture.
In 2016, Dr. Khapaeva was a visiting professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris, France, https://www.ehess.fr/fr/personne/dina).
Dr. Khapaeva was invited to give book talks on her recent book, The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture (The University of Michigan Press, 2017) at the Colonial and Post-Colonial Seminar at Emory University on October 3rd 2017, and at The Graduate Russian Seminar at New College, Oxford University on October 19th 2017. She also gave an invited lecture on October 12th 2017 at Princess Dashkova Russian Center, University of Edinburgh, on her new book project, Neo-Medievalism as Social Project.
Dr. Khapaeva’s book, The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, was reviewed by Dr. Melvin Konner in Los Angeles Review of Books (https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/nightmare-consumption-on-dina-khapaevas-the-celebration-of-death-in-contemporary-culture/).
Her article “Putin’s Medieval Dream” was published by Project Syndicate (https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/russia-resurrecting-ivan-the-terrible-eurasianism-by-dina-khapaeva-2017-12 )>