Irina Kotkina holds PhD from European University Institute (Florence) in History and also Candidate of Cultural Studies degree (PhD equivalent) from Russian State University for Humanities in Moscow. Irina Kotkina hold several post-doctoral appointments in Germany (Dresden and Berlin), France (Paris, Maison du Science de l'Homme). She was employed as a project researcher at Södertörn University in Sweden with the project "The Vision of Eurasia: Eurasianist Influences on Politics, Culture and Ideology in Russia Today".

Irina Kotkina

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Dr. Kotkina is studying cultural politics and all aspects of Russian culture. She publishes broadly on Russia’s cultural policy, opera, and theatre. She is particularly interested in the Bolshoi Theater opera history in the XX century and among her recent peer-reviewed publications are articles on Medvedev’s modernization and the Bolshoi Theater, Stalinist Bolshoi Theater and the search for the model Soviet opera, and building of national operatic traditions in the Soviet republics under Stalin. She has publications in Revue des Etudes Slaves, Russian Review, Baltic World, Digital Icons, Transcultural Studies, and other international peer-reviewed journals and collective monographs. Irina Kotkina is an author of the book “Vladimir Atlantov v Bol’shom Teatre: sud’ba pevca i dvizhenie opernogo stilia”, Moscow: Agraf, 2002. At present Irina Kotkina is serving as an expert for the European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Creative Europe projects.