Maria Korolkova

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

Academic Portfolio Lead in Media

Key details

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

Academic Portfolio Lead in Media

Dr Maria Korolkova teaches, writes and curates on cultural theory, film and new media, including her specialisation on history and theory of Russian and Soviet cinema. Having gained her first degree from Moscow State University in Media Studies, she completed MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures at the University of Cambridge, and DPhil at the University of Oxford. In 2017 Maria joined the University of Greenwich as a Programme Leader for BA H Media and Communications, becoming an Academic Portfolio Lead in Media in 2018. In 2018 she has launched a new MA in Media and Creative Cultures. In 2019 she was appointed a Faculty PGR Lead.

Responsibilities within the university

Faculty Postgraduate Research Lead, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (from September 2019)

Academic Portfolio Lead in Media Subjects, School of Design (since 2019)

Programme Leader MA Media and Creative Cultures, School of Design (since 2018)

Programme Leader BA H Media and Communications, School of Design (2017-2019)

School Academic Conduct Officer, School of Design (2017-2019)


  • 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)


  • British Council Research Fellow, Digital Humanities Lab, ITMO University, St Petersburg, Russia (2018-2019)
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (since 2018)
  • Member of Domitor: The International Society for the Study of Early Cinema (since 2019)
  • Member of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association (2018-2019)
  • Member of the British Society of Aesthetics (2015-2016)
  • Member of the Russian Cinema Research Group, SSEES, UCL (since 2015)
  • Chevening Scholar (2008-2009)

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Maria Korolkova is a multidisciplinary researcher, specialising in visual culture, film architecture, cultural theory and history of Russian film and media. In her research, Maria explores themes of miscommunication and chaos, global media, visual and sonic cultures. Maria has curated public events in internationally renowned institutions such as The Barbican, Regents Street Cinema in London, and Centre Pompidou in Paris. She supervises PhD students in the areas of new media, cultural studies, digital arts, and media archaeology.

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



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


  • '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