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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Tamar Koplatadze


Lecturer in Russian

Room Number: Arts One Building, Room 2.42


BA (Bristol); MA (KCL); DPhil (Oxford) 

Tamar Koplatadze completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2020 and joined Queen Mary soon thereafter. Her current project focuses on contemporary literature from Central Asia and the Caucasus where she has travelled for research and cultural engagements and made ongoing connections with local writers and creative artists. She has shared her research findings at various international conferences (Cambridge, Oxford, New York, Berlin, Lisbon) as well as public engagement platforms, such as The Calvert Journal and the BBC.  

Dr Koplatadze’s research interests lie more broadly in postcolonial literature and theory, areas which she often connects to her research and teaching in Russian Studies and Comparative Literature, such as in her article ‘Theorising Russian Postcolonial Studies’. She welcomes interests of supervision in any of these areas.  

Languages: English, Georgian, Russian, French 


Research Interests:

  • Literature and culture of Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • Comparative literature
  • Russophone literature
  • Post-Soviet identities
  • Russian literature of the 19th century
  • Postcolonial theory and literature


Tamar Koplatadze, ‘Theorising Russian postcolonial studies’, Postcolonial Studies, 22.4 (2019), 469-489,

'Salon de Variété’ (1881), English translation of Anton Chekhov’s short story, ACF Early Chekhov Translation Project. Forthcoming

‘Mother Country: Meet the Women at The Forefront of New Georgian Cinema’ The Calvert Journal (March 2018)



I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Literature and culture of Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • Russian and Russophone literature
  • Comparative literature and culture
  • Postcolonial theory and literature (especially Russophone, Francophone and Anglophone)
  • Post-Soviet identities 

Public Engagement

BBC Radio 3 Interview: Invited as a literary expert on the programme ‘Russia and Fear’, 3 July 2019 (from 25 :40)

BBC New Generation Thinkers Scheme: Shortlisted for BBC media training workshop at BBC London on 14 January 2019: Included in the BBC pool of academic experts.

Goethe Institute London, Jürgen Böttcher, In Georgien (1987): Delivered a talk before the screening of the film, 8 November 2019

Georgian Film Screenings and Director Q&A, Oxford Taylor Institute, May 2018: Organised a screening of two contemporary Georgian films at Oxford, followed by Q&As with directors.

GoViral Festival of Innovative Ideas in Media, Business, Culture, and Technology, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2018. Q&A.

London Georgian Film Festival, Regent Street Cinema, 2018: Special guest of the film festival, discussed LGBTQ+ themes in Georgia cinema.

Screening the Nation: Georgia 1918-2018, Tyneside Cinema, 27-30 September 2018. Invited guest-speaker in a roundtable with leading films scholars to discuss the film industry, gender and identity in Georgia.