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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Maria Chehonadskih


Room Number: Arts One, 1.29 B
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 15pm-16pm and Fridays, 12am-13pm or by appointment and via Teams


I received a PhD in Philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University in 2017, and obtained my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the Voronezh State University, Russia and the Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia. Before joining Queen Mary, I was a Max Hayward Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford in 2019-2021 and an Associate Lecturer at Central St. Martins, University of the Arts in 2018-2022.


SML4006/SML4006/SML4006 Culture and Language (lectures; seminars in Russian; Module Convener) 

COM5023/COM6023/RUS5023/RUS6023 Russian Novel: Self and Society


Research Interests:

  • Russian literature, art and politics of the late 19th - early 20th centuries
  • European and Soviet Artistic Avant-gardes
  • Andrei Platonov, Soviet Literature
  • Alexander Bogdanov, environmental humanities and philosophy of science
  • Lev Vygotsky and Soviet science
  • Post-Soviet Art and Culture
  • Cold War, Geopolitics of Knowledge and Political Epistemology
  • The Discourses of Postcolonialism and the Post-Communist Condition
  • Marxism and Continental Philosophy



‘Alexander Bogdanov and the Politics of Knowledge After the October Revolution’ (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in 2023)


Articles and Book Chapters

‘The Naked Truth of Fact: Andrei Platonov on the Margins of Factography’, Stalin Era Intellectuals: Culture and Stalinism, ed. by Vesa Oittinen and Elina Viljanen (Routledge, 2023), pp. 74-89

‘Reformulation of Knowledge: Epistemological Reading of Soviet Marxism in the post-Soviet Times’, Studies in East European Thought 74 (2022), 75–91. Available at: <>

‘Empiriomonism: Essays in Philosophy, Books 1–3, by Alexander Bogdanov’ (Book Review), Rethinking Marxism 34, 1 (2022), 116-124

‘What is Pussy Riot’s “Idea”’?, ed. by Kélina Gotman, Theories of Performance: Critical and Primary Sources, Vol. 4: Body Politics (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022), pp. 138-145 [originally published in Radical Philosophy, 176 (2012), pp. 2-7]

What and Whom Are We Working For? (a conversation between Maria Chehonadskih and Kaushik Sunder Rajan), The New Alphabet, ed. by Katrin Klingan, Joanna Schindler and Nick Houde (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2021), pp. 64-72

‘Die Stofflichkeit des Universums: Alexander Bogdanow und die sowjetische Avantgarde’, trans. by Philipp Albers, Kosmismus, ed. by Boris Groys and Anton Vidokle (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2018), pp. 116-133.

‘The Stofflichkeit of the Universe: Alexander Bogdanov and the Soviet Avant-garde’, e-flux Journal # 88 (February 2018) [e-journal]. Available at: <>  

‘Ambiguous Constellations: Race, Nation and Class in the Post-Soviet Era’, Balibar/Wallerstein’s “Race, Nation, Class”. Rereading A Dialogue for Our Times, ed. by Manuela Bojadžijev and Katrin Klingan (Hamburg: Argument Verlag, KHW, 2018), pp. 45-67. ‘The Form of Art as Mediation: A History and Storytelling Before and After Moscow Conceptualism’, Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing, ed. by Elena Zaytseva, Alex Anikina (London: Zed Books, 2017), pp. 191-208.

‘The Communist Individuation in Lev Vygotsky’, Stasis 2 (2017), pp. 110-135.

‘The Comrades of the Past: The Soviet Enlightenment Between Negation and Affirmation’, Crisis and Critique, Volume 4, Issue 2 (2017), pp. 86-105.

‘Cultural and Cold Wars: Notes on Multipolar World and Diplomacy’, WdW Review: Arts, Culture, and Journalism in Revolt, ed. by Define Ayas and Adam Kleinman (Witte De With Publishers, 2016), pp. 302-306

‘The Class Composition of Russia’s Anti-Putin Movement’, South Atlantic Quarterly 113, 1 (2014), pp. 196-209


Edited Journal Special Issue

Maria Chehonadskih, Keti Chukhrov, Alexei Penzin, eds. Stasis: Antiquity and Modernity of Soviet Marxism 2 (2017), 288pp. ISSN (Print) 2310-3817


Art Catalogues and Essays (Selected)

‘The Global Distribution of the Ethical’ (with Andrés Saenz de Sicilia), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, CC: World (July 2020) [blog], Available at: < >

‘The Awkward Object of the Postponed Futures’, exhibition catalogue. Postponed Futures, curator Nikita Kadan (London: GRAD Publishing, 2017), pp. 36-41.   

‘Jumping Ahead: Dialectical Thinking, Strategy and Production of Art’ (a dialogue with Anatoly Osmolovsky), exhibition catalogue Parallel Convergences, (Venice: Marsilio, 2014), pp. 25-33

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