Maria Korolkova

Dr Maria Korolkova joined the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts at the University of Greenwich in 2017, having previously lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Richmond University and the University of Oxford. Her DPhil from the University of Oxford focused on the representation of space in early cinema, exploring the ways (imaginary) cities are represented and perceived through moving images, and the ways cinema contributed to our understanding of urban spaces within the modernist context.

Throughout her career, Maria successfully combined strong academic background with active engagement within creative industries and charitable sectors in the UK and worldwide, including her work for BBC, Sony Pictures, Berlin Film Festival, as well her publications for Forbes and Times Literary Supplement among others.

In 2016, she became Projects Director of Kino Klassika Foundation, a UK charity that creates impactful programs of restorations, publications, art commissions and events to spotlight Russian language cinema – a tradition that remains largely invisible to audiences outside of Russia.

In 2017, Maria curated a special cinematic season dedicated to the centenary of Russian Revolution called A World to Win: A Century of Revolution on Screen, which took place at Regent Street Cinema and Barbican Center, London.

Senior Lecturer across Media and Communications and Film Studies BA and MA programmes. 

Programme Leader in BA (Hons) Media and Communications

Programme Leader in MA Media and Creative Cultures

Overseas Research Award, University of Oxford (2009)
Clarendon Scholarship Award (2009)
Lavrovaya Vetv for Best Documentary (Scriptwriter) (2009)
Chevening Scholarship Award (2008)
Fulbright Scholarship Award (2008)

Merging the disciplines of media, film, fashion and urban studies, Maria's research interests focus on ideological implication of historical and contemporary visual creative practices and political activism.

In particularly, her research has explored the history of relationship between cinema and architecture that informs modern digital practice and offers new ways of communication in urban digital environments. Maria also looks at how (imaginary) cities and urban spaces are represented and perceived through moving images and media messages, and how cinema and digital media can contribute to our understanding of cities in their political and ideological contexts.

In 2017, she curated a season of films exploring representations of revolution and revolutionary ideas in different national cinemas.

She is currently working on several research projects, including the ideology of experimental sound in early Russian cinema, and the aesthetics of mistakes.

Curatorial Credits

A World to Win: A Century of Revolution on Screen (2017), a film season, London

Maria Pasholok (2016), 'Hromadske TV: A New Kind of Media, a New Form of Accountability' (in) 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), pp. 242–245. ISBN: 978-92-95102-69-9

Maria Pasholok (2015), 'Female, Naked and Right: Sexual Activism Ukrainian Way' (in) Sexual Rights and the Internet, ed. By Alan Finlay, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), pp. 268–272. ISBN: 978-92-95102-41-5

Maria Pasholok (2013), '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). ISBN: 978-0-415-63921-7 (hbk) ISBN: 978-0-203-08363-5 (ebk)

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