Marina Simakova (Saint Petersburg)

Marina Simakova / Марина Симакова, M.A.
European University St Petersburg / Европейский Университет в Санкт-Петербурге


Marina Simakova: “Women’s Writing: Between an Alternative Biography and a Political Statement” (Abstract)


Research Interests

Political Theory
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Marxist Theory
Critical Theory
Problems of Ideology
Cultural Studies
Sociology of Art and Literature


2016 – currently PhD Candidate
European University at St Petersburg Department of Political Science and Sociology
2014 – 2016 Joint MA in Contemporary European Philosophy
Kingston University / Université Paris 8
2008 – 2010 MA in Social Philosophy
Russian University for the Humanities
2002 – 2007 Diploma in Public Administration
Financial Academy under the Government of Russia

Professional Experience

2014 – currently Contributing editor & Translator,
September 2015 Writer, 6th International Biennale of Contemporary Art
2013 – 2014 Private teacher (Russian for foreigners / English)
2008 – currently Freelance translator, professional writer & interviewer (Raznoglasia magazine,, etc.)
2007 – 2013 Senior qualitative researcher and cultural analyst: conducting in-depth interviews, focus-groups, analysis & reporting: social and market research projects
Selected Public lectures, Joint Projects and Other

Selected Publications

E-flux Journal No Man’s Land: On Russian Cosmism, June 2016 Safe Cosmism, May 2016
Fuchs and Benjamin: a Collector and a Historian, March 2015 On Several Aspects of Political Loyalty, August 2015
Non-discreet Charm of Totality, Boris Groys’s Communist Postctript:
Book Review, April 2014
Zero Degree of Seriousness, in Literature & Ethics, February 2014
Shame Macabre, in Literature & Ethics, November 2013
History Foundation, in Literature & Ethics, November 2013
Also published in NLO (New Literary Observer), Translit,, Cineticle, etc


October 2016 Public lecture given in NCCA
“A Poet’s Way: Creative Practice as a Political Action”
March 2016 Public lecture given in MSSES (“Shaninka”)
“An Intellectual and his/her Responsibility: Socio-historical Perspective”
March 2016 Public lecture
“A Revolutionary Novel: Gender-Historical Analysis of Engaged Pre-Soviet and Soviet Literature”
(a part of research project on ‘Soviet Sexuality’)
October 2015 Contributor & performing artist
Feminist Dictionary: A for Art, F for Feminism Writer
July – Oct 2015 Contributor
Poetic Action Lab: school under Keti Chukhrov Participant
Autumn 2015 Speaker
Political seminars in Teatr.doc Participant
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