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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Galina Nikiporets-Takigawa

Affiliated Lecturer
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 023

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


In addition to teaching Russian language at all levels, she has taught a wide range of areas within sociocultural linguistics, media and cultural studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is the author of textbooks Encore Russian, What about you? Tokyo, 2008, 3-rd edition ISBN 978-4-14-189453-7. What about you? Part II. Tokyo, 2006. What about you? Part I, Tokyo, 2003; co-author of Reading in Russian for Beginners, Tokyo, 1996, Russian for Academic Purposes (Moscow, 1990). At the University of Cambridge she has taught and supervised Internet-based research for the MPhil and SLC2 Text and Culture: Russian identity.

Research interests: 

Galina's research interests primarily concern contemporary Russian society, Russian language and culture, the development of effective research methods for mapping social, language and cultural change; and in recent years she has turned her attention to the intersections of new technologies, social media and internet-mediated communication with discursive practices of national identity and cultural memory, as well as the aspects of digital and political. She is currently co-authoring and co-editing a book on Russian ideological movements and the internet, forthcoming 2014.

Published works: 

Book chapters: (2013) ‘Memory Events and Memory Wars: Victory-day in L’viv, 2011 through the Prism of Quantitative Analysis’, in Memory, Conflict and Social Media: Web Wars in Post-Soviet States, Ellen Rutten et al. eds., Routledge, 48-62. ISBN: 978-0-415-63921-7. (2013) ‘Digital debates on Soviet memory in the national identity construction of post-soviet migrants’ in Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World, Sarah Smith and Conny Opitz eds., Peter Lang, 163-182. ISBN 978-3-0343-0840-3pb.
(2013) 'Tweeting the Russian protests', Digital Icons, 9, 1-25.