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Caroline Ridler

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Viktor Tsoi, Leningrad rock poetry and the cultural politics of glasnost

Research Area

  • 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

The Journal of Languages, Texts and Society 4th Annual Conference, University of Nottingham [online], 30th April 2021

Paper title: Changes! [Peremen!] Viktor Tsoi's 'rock-poetry' from stagnation to perestroika

ASEEES 53rd Annual Convention, Virtual Convention, 1-3rd December 2021

Paper title: Understanding Viktor Tsoi as Koryo-saram: Korean identity in the perestroika-era Soviet Union

BASEES 2022 Conference, Robinson College, Cambridge, 8-10th April 2022
Paper title: A Soviet rock star: Viktor Tsoi’s onstage and onscreen image

Public Engagement & Impact

Film introduction for the showing 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 the Times Radio Breakfast Show 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/.

Podcast episode for the Midland Music Research Network's Midlands Music Musings Podcast, https://www.midlandsmusicresearchnetwork.com/podcast/episode/34cdd85d/episode-5-caroline-ridler

Other Research Interests

Popular music studies;

Soviet youth cultures;

Subcultures and marginality;

Soviet cultural and artistic underground;

Cultural politics of the Soviet Union 1985-1991.


Co-founder and website designer of the AHRC-funded Midlands Music Research Network, https://www.midlandsmusicresearchnetwork.com/

Member of BASEES (British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies).

Previous degrees

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.