Maria Korolkova

Dr Maria Korolkova BA, MA, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in Media

Key details

Dr Maria Korolkova
BA, MA, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in Media


Maria Korolkova is an interdisciplinary researcher and curator. Having studied Media at Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Screen Media and Cultures at the University of Cambridge, Maria gained her doctorate degree from the University of Oxford, specialising in early Russian cinema and space. She worked in creative industries sector as a producer, journalist, broadcaster, and script editor in Moscow, Berlin and London, including at Mosfilm Studios, BBC World Service, Sony Pictures, Forbes, and the TLS, before joining the University of Greenwich in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Media. She has curated public events internationally, including Barbican Centre, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Responsibilities within the university

Academic Lead for Media Portfolio

Programme Leader MA Media and Creative Cultures

PGR Lead for Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Awards

  • Changing form of silence: Curating silent films in multimedia environment', ECR Research Grant, University of Greenwich, UK (2018-2019)
  • Erasmus Training Grant, Media Science Department, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • Graduate Seminar Funding, University of Oxford, UK (2012, 2013).
  • Florence Exchange Grant, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, UK (2011)
  • Graduate Research Fund, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, UK (2010)
  • Overseas Research Award, University of Oxford, UK (2009).
  • Clarendon Scholarship (DPhil Scholarship), University of Oxford, UK (2009)
  • 'Lavrovaya Vetv' for Best documentary (Scriptwriter), Moscow, Russia (2009)
  • Chevening Scholarship (MPhil), British Council, Russia-UK (2008)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (Not accepted) (2008)

Recognition

  External reviewer 

  • Journal of Design History
  • MAST: The Journal of Media Art Study and Theory

Advisory and examination boards member

  • Member of the Advisory Board to Revalidation BA Media Culture and Journalism, University of South Wales, 12 February 2020
  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Approval of MA Data, Culture, Visualization, ITMO University, St Petersburg, Russia, 2018-2019
  • External Examiner for BA (Hons) Media and Performance, University of Salford, 2018-2021
  • External Examiner for Foundation Degree in Film and Screen Media, Leeds City College, 2018-2021
  • Member of the Advisory Board to Design and Approval of DProf/Degree Apprenticeship in Arts Leadership, University Alliance UK, 2017-2018
  • External Panel Member to Re-approval of MA Framework: MA Creative Fashion Start-up/MA Creative Design Start-up, University of West London, June 2018
  • External Panel Member to Periodic Subject Review of BA in Multimedia Journalism, BA Sports Journalism, University of Northampton, April 2018
  • External Panel Member to Validation of BA in Communication, Media and Journalism. University of Buckingham, January 2018
  • External Panel Member to Major Changes of BA in Multimedia Journalism, University of Northampton, December 2017

Research / Scholarly interests

Maria Korolkova's research interests include miscommunications, errors, mistakes; new materiality and post-humanism; dwelling, everyday urbanism, artists' studios; Russian and Ukrainian film, media, and culture; methodologies of interdisciplinarity. Her co-edited collection Miscommunications: Errors, Mistakes, Media is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic in January 2021. Maria is a co-founder of Advanced Urban, a centre for interdisciplinary urban research that intersects materiality, media and space.

Key funded projects

Changing Forms of Silence: Curating Silent Films in Multimedia Environment, ECR Research Grant, University of Greenwich, UK (2018-2019).Recent years have seen an explosion of the performance of live music to silent films. Ranging from conventional solo piano performances, to organs, theremins, electronic music, and large orchestras performing a specially written score, today's cultural institutions compete in curating and delivering programmes of 'film concerts' focusing specifically on silent films. With the case study of programming Russian silent films this project will question intermediality of silent cinema and live music on several levels. Is this a form of survival or revival of silent films in our contemporary multimedia environment? What do electronic and experimental scores bring to silent films as a medium? What happens to the agency of in-betweeness in this case – is it within composers, directors, performers, or audiences? What are the curating practices and policies of this intermediality, especially investigated through such a politicised historical context?

Media activity

Public lectures, round tables and workshops

  •  'What is/are Digital Humanities?' Panel discussion with Lev Manovich, ITMO University, St Petersburg, Russia, 20 June 2019
  • In conversation with Nikolai Izvolov on restoring Dziga Vertov's Anniversary of the Revolution, SSEES, UCL, 10 June 2019
  • 'What is digital?', University of Glasgow Post-Digital Day, CCA, Glasgow, UK, 26 April 2019
  • Q&A for Bauer Project Screening, Child of the Big City (1914) by Evgenii Bauer, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, UK, 26 April 2019
  • 'Creative Industries in London and the Power of Media Education', Public lecture organized by ITMO University, St Petersburg, Russia, 12 January 2019
  • Workshop in Digital Activism, Byline Festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex, UK, 27 August 2018
  • Workshop in Fashion and Media, Byline Festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex, UK, 27 August 2018
  • In conversation with Andrei Smirnov, Dziga Vertov's Day, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 20 December 2017

Curation

Publications

Book Chapters

'Modernism, and the Cinematic Interior: Set Design in Early Russian Films by Evgenii Bauer', in Interiors: Film and Television (under contract with Routledge, due in September 2020)

'Hromadske TV: A New Kind of Media, a New Form of Accountability', in Global Information Society Watch 2016: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Internet, ed. by Alan Finlay (Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), 2016

'Female, Naked, and Right', in Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual Rights in the Internet, ed. by Alan Finlay (Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), 2015), pp. 268–271

'Between RuNet and UkrNet: Mapping the Crimean Web War', in Memory, Conflict and New Media: Web Wars in Post-Socialist States, ed. by Ellen Rutten, Julie Fedor and Vera Zvereva (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 175–181

Journal articles

'Культурная память в странах Восточной Европы. Научные чтения Кембриджского университета', Новое литературное обозрение, 95, 2009.  

Other publications

Review of Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscape of Film and Media ed. by J. Andersson and L. Webb, CINEJ Cinema Journal, 7 (1) 2018, pp. 283-286.
'Алексей Герман-младший: "Начинается новый этап"', BBC Russian Service, 17 February 2015 

'Секс, смерть и Мексика: фильм Гринуэя об Эйзенштейне', BBC Russian Service, 14 February 2015 

'Таблетка от ностальгии: зачем нужны ремейки советских фильмов', Forbes, 7 July 2014 

'$2 млрд за возвращение джедая: начались съемки «Звездных войн VII»', Forbes, 26 May 2014 

'Азиатский прорыв: 10 фильмов-победителей Берлинале-2014', Forbes, 19 February 2014 

'Architectural treasure: Michael Glawogger's cinematic ode to the National Library of Russia', The Calver Journal, 14 July 2014 

Review of Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams by Layla Alexander-Garrett, The Times Literary Supplement, 14 May 2014

Review of Blockbuster History in the New Russia: Movies, Memory and Patriotism by Stephen M. Norris, The Times Literary Supplement, 18 April 2013.
Review of Naum Gabo by Natalia Sidlina, The Times Literary Supplement, 28 February 2013

'Movie Classics Roll into The Digital Era', Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2011.
Review of Mafia State by Luke Harding, The Oxonian Review, 17 October 2011 

'Rodchenko: Man with a Camera', Russia Beyond the Headlines, 14 February 2011

Presentations

  • 'From Kyborgy to Krymskii most and DAU: Visual language and cultural memory of Russian-Ukrainian Conflict' (in Russian), International Conference in Languages of Conflict, University of Giessen, Germany, 15-16 April 2019
  • 'Changing Forms of Silence: Curating Silent Films in Multimedia Environment', Media Mixing Conference, University of Lund, Sweden, 16 March 2019
  • 'Changing Forms of Silence: Curating Silent Films in Multimedia Environment', Intermediality Now: Rethinking Inbetweenness, Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 19-20 October 2018
  • 'Trailblazing Women in Early Russian Cinema', Trailblazing Women On and Off Screen: Equal Access in the Film and Television Industries, University of Greenwich, London, 18-19June 2018
  • 'Crimean Web War: Peninsula between Ukrainian and Russian Net', Old Conflicts and New Media: Commemorating the Socialist Experience Online, Solstrand, Norway, 1 September 2011
  • 'Moving House: Interior Movements in Early Russian Cinema', Moving Modernisms, New College, Oxford, 21 March 2011'A Perfect Place to Read: Transformation of Reading Space from Soviet to Post-Soviet Russia',Material Cultures 2010: Technology, Textuality and Transmission, University of Edinburgh, 18 July 2010