Birgitte Beck Pristed has accepted a position as Associate Professor at CAS

As of 1 January 2018, Birgitte Beck Pristed will take up the position as Associate Professor in Russian and Balcan Studies

19.12.2017 | Camilla Dimke

Birgitte Beck Pristed received her Ph.D. in Russian cultural studies from the University of Mainz, Germany, in 2014. Since 2015, she has been working as Assistant Professor at the CAS Department of Global Studies. Her main research areas are Soviet and post-Soviet visual, literary and material cultures, with a special focus on print and media history and a second strand in Russian children’s culture. 

 Birgitte’s current research project “Makulatura: A Media History of Soviet Paper” examines the materiality of the seemingly given and transparent medium of written communication and asks how Soviet politics of paper and paper shortage impacted Russian reading, writing, publishing, recycling and pedagogical practices. The Socialist experience with paper as a power technology and play toy offers an instructive example of politicization of a cultural object and natural/industrial resource.


Birgitte is also author of a recently published, illustrated monograph on contemporary Russian book design The New Russian Book: A Graphic Cultural History (Palgrave, 2017).

 In the past, Birgitte has worked as museum curator at The Workers’ Museum in Copenhagen and as Danish teacher at the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow.