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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 (King's College London); DPhil (Oxford)

Tamar Koplatadze holds a BA in French and Russian from the University of Bristol, an MA in French from King's College London and a DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

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 prize-winning 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
  • Post-Soviet literature and culture
  • Russian literature of the 19th century
  • Russophone literature and film
  • Comparative literature
  • Postcolonial theory 


‘NGOs and Neo-colonialism in Postcolonial Literature: The Case of Central Asia’, Interventions. International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2021.1972820.

‘Theorising Russian postcolonial studies’, Postcolonial Studies, 22.4 (2019), 469-489, Awarded the BASEES prize for best postgraduate article of the year: "shows the ability to shift well-established paradigms." "discusses with rigour an outstanding variety of approaches, ideas and interpretations on some of the key issues in Russian intellectual history, culture and geopolitics."

‘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)


Current PhD candidate:

Veselina Dzhumbeva (second supervisor with Galin Tahinov)

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.

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