Bio

Dmitry Kozlov is the Billington Fellow at the Kennan Institute as well as a Research Fellow at the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in Saint Petersburg. In 2013, Kozlov defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled “Young Communist League and identities of Soviet Youth during the Thaw period.” He graduated from Pomor State University (Arkhangelsk) in 2009. He is the author of several publications on history and culture of the post-Stalin Soviet Union. His research projects have been supported by the Hans Koschnick Foundation (2017), the Volkswagen Foundation (2016), the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation (2013, 2014), and the Marion Doenhoff  Foundation (2012). His current project at the Kennan Institute is titled “Komsomol Meetings, Streets, and Dancing Halls: Producing Spaces for Public Action in 1950–60s Leningrad.”

Project Summary

Focusing on Leningrad as a case study, this project examines profound changes in the use of public
spaces and the norms of public behaviour effected by Soviet youth during the 1950s and 1960s.
Using approaches of social anthropology and urban studies, it turns to the spatial context of public
actions and helps us analyse the mechanics of the official monopoly over the public space in the
Thaw Leningrad along with the logics of those who tried to contest that monopoly.

Major Publications

The Two Revolutions and Two Component Parts of Political Dissent of the “Thaw” Period // Sociologiia vlasti. 2017. № 2 (29). P. 153–177. [In Russian]

Under the Guise of Overcoming the Cult of Personality: The Unrealised Reform of School History Teaching (1956–1957) // Ab Imperio. Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space. 2017. № 2. P. 93–122. [In Russian]

Unoficial groups of Soviet schoolchildren in the 1940–60s: tipology, ideology, practicies // Ostrova utopii: Pedagogicheskoe i sotsial’noe proektirovanie poslevoennoi shkoly (1940–1980-е) / Ed. by: I. Kukulin, M. Mayofis, P. Safronov. Мoscow:  “Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie”, 2015. P. 451–494. [In Russian]

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