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Samuel Goff

samuel goff


Fitzwilliam College

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My PhD research examined visual and written culture of the interwar Soviet Union dealing with the body as an object of public observation, appreciation, and critique. It explored how the need to construct new Soviet subjectivities was realised through the figure of the body. I explored the representation of ‘physical culture’ (fizkul’tura), with reference to newspapers, specialist fizkul’tura and medical journals, and Party debates. This textual discourse is considered alongside visual primary sources –documentary and non-fiction film and photography, painting and sculpture, and feature films. 

Conference Papers:

  • ‘The biggest and most real person on Earth: the utopian lessons of the Russian Revolutions bodily fears and sensual pleasures’, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, March 2016


  • 2010-2012: UCL-SSEES Masters Scholarship
  • 2013-2016: AHRC Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2014-2016: Fitzwilliam College Teaching Awards
  • 2015: CEELBAS Internship

Undergraduate Teaching

Undergraduate supervisor, MML:

  • Introduction to Russian culture (SLA3)
  • Russian grammar
  • Russian culture since 1888 (SL5)
  • Russian and Soviet cinema (SL7)

Other Teaching and Outreach

I work as the Features Editor for The Calvert Journal (, an online magazine devoted to the contemporary culture of eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Languages (in addition to English)

Russian, French, Serbo-Croat