Viktor Tsoi, Leningrad rock poetry and the cultural politics of glasnost
Languages and Literature
Review of The Culture of Samizdat: Literature and Underground Networks in the Late Soviet Union, by Josephine von Zitzewitz, Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, vol. 5, 2021, pp. 1-6 [online], https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/languagestextssociety/documents/lts-journal/issue-5/book-review-caroline-ridler-the-culture-of-samizdat-literature-and-underground-networks-in-the-late-soviet-union.pdf
Colloquium of East(-Central) European History, Bremen University, 17th December 2019. Paper title: Viktor Tsoi, the 'last hero' [poslednii geroi] of the Soviet rock underground: rock music's transitions from cultural underground to foreground during glasnost.
"Russian Culture After 2010: Symposium" as part of the 'New Russias' festival, University of Manchester, 7th February 2020. Paper title: Viktor Tsoi in Russia Today.
SSEES Biennial Postgradiate Student Conference, University College London, 19-20th February 2020. Paper title: Viktor Tsoi, iskrennost', and nostalgia for the perestroika era.
Public Engagement & Impact
Film introduction of Leto as part of KinoKlassika's MELODIA! season of Russian/Soviet musicals at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, 26th January 2020.
Interview for BBC News about the role of the song Peremen by Kino in the Belarusian protests, 21 August 2020: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53846403
Appearance on Times Radio Breakfast speaking about the song Peremen by Kino, 23 August 2020.
Podcast episode for Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast discussing the film Leto, 22 November 2020: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/russophiles-unite-movie-podcas-594862/episodes/leto-kirill-serebrennikov-2018-79607044
Blog post for KinoKlassika's streaming service Klassiki, 'The Kino Eye Blog', about the film The Needle by Rachid Nugmanov, 19 March 2021 https://klassiki.online/caroline-ridler-on-the-needle/.
Other Research Interests
Popular music studies;
Soviet youth cultures;
Subcultures and marginality;
Cultural politics of the Soviet Union 1985-1991.
BASEES (British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies). ASEEES (The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies).
MSt Modern Languages (Russian and French), University of Oxford, Distinction, 2019.
BA (Hons) Modern Languages (with Year Abroad) (Russian and French), Durham University, 1st class honours, 2018.
Prizes and awards
Archibald Jackson Prize, Somerville College, Oxford, 2019.
Distinction in Spoken French, Durham University, 2018.