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Misha Yakovlev

Research Interests

My research explores the implications of queer and decolonial theorising for the study of the russian screen (cinema, television, 'new media'). More broadly, I am interested in using insights from decolonial and critical race theories to address violent erasures and exclusions in US-centric and Eurocentric queer thinking.

Current Research

I am pursuing a PhD in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Karl Schoonover and Professor Rachel Moseley. My research investigates shifting configurations of gender, sexuality and race on the russian screen during the period often imagined in terms of 'transition to democracy' (1986-2006).


I hold an MA in Gender, Society and Representation from the Centre of Interdisciplinary Inquiry at UCL. My MA thesis, written under the supervision of Dr Rachel Morley, applied queer and detcolonial theorising to the exploration of gender normativities and Orientalist tropes in Leonid Gaidai’s popular comedy features from the soviet Thaw (1956-1968). I also hold a BASc (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences) degree from the Department of Arts and Sciences, UCL.

In addition, I have been involved with the Queer Asia Collective in London as a film curator since 2018. I curated screening for the July 2019 Queer Asia Festival at the British Museum and the 'Queer Asia': russia and Decolonisation screening in March 2020.

Talks & Papers