Maria Korolkova

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

Associate Professor 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

Recent publications

Article

Korolkova, Maria and , Bowes, Neil Simon (2020), Mistake as method: Towards an epistemology of errors in creative practice and research. Amsterdam University Press. In: , , , . Amsterdam University Press, NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies (NECSUS) 2213-0217 (Online) (doi: https://necsus-ejms.org/mistake-as-method-towards-an-epistemology-of-errors-in-creative-practice-and-research/).

Book section

Korolkova, Maria and , (2021), Frames, veils, and windows: Modern cinematic set design in early Russian films by Evgenii Bauer. Bloomsbury Visual Arts. In: , , In: Pat Kirkham, Sarah Lichtman (eds.), Screen Interiors: From Country Houses to Cosmic Heterotopias. Bloomsbury Visual Arts, London (1st) . pp. 187-204 . ISBN: 9781350150584 (doi: https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350150614.ch-009) NB Item availability restricted.

Korolkova, Maria and , (2019), Algorithmic governmentality: AI and E-government in Ukraine after the 2019 elections. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos). In: , , , Global Information Society Watch 2019. Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), . pp. 237-240 . ISBN: 9789295113121 (doi: https://www.apc.org/en/tags/giswatch-2019) NB Item availability restricted.

Korolkova, Maria and , (2016), Hromadske TV: A new kind of media, a new form of accountability. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos). In: , , , Global Information Society Watch 2016: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs) and the Internet. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), . pp. 242-245 . ISBN: 9789295102699 (doi: https://www.giswatch.org/en/country-report/economic-social-and-cultural-rights-escrs/ukraine).

Korolkova, Maria and , (2015), Female, naked and right: Sexual activism the Ukrainian way. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos). In: , , In: Alan Finlay (ed.), Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual Rights and the Internet. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), . pp. 268-271 . ISBN: 9789295102415 (doi: https://www.giswatch.org/en/country-report/sexual-rights/ukraine).

Edited book

Korolkova, Maria and , Barker, Timothy (2021), Miscommunications: Errors, Mistakes, Media. Bloomsbury Academic. In: , , , . Bloomsbury Academic, New York (1st) ISSN: 978-1501363856 (Print), 978-1501363832 (Online) (doi: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/miscommunications-9781501363832/) NB Item availability restricted.

Exhibition

Korolkova, Maria and , Kino Klassika Foundation (2020), Adapting Russian and Soviet Film Heritage for Public Audiences in Europe and the UK. In: , , , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted

Korolkova, Maria and , (2020), Curating Russian Film for International Audiences. Bloomsbury. In: , , , . Bloomsbury, London (doi: ).

Christie, Ian , Korolkova, Maria, Waddell, Justine, Kino Klassika Foundation , ArtSocial Club , Film London , Lombard Odier (2017), A World to Win: A Century of Revolution on Screen. Kino Klassika Foundation. In: A World to Win: A Century of Revolution on Screen, 17 February - 15 April 2017, Regent Street Cinema , . Kino Klassika Foundation, London (doi: https://www.kinoklassikafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/WorldtoWinCatalogue.pdf).

Other

Korolkova, Maria , Association for Progressive Communications, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (2020), Information Society in Ukraine (2015-2019). APC. In: , , , . APC, New York (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Korolkova, Maria and , (2019), MCO: Human Rights and Media and Ukraine. Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). In: , , , . Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), (doi: https://www.giswatch.org/).