Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Photograph of Dr Natasha Rulyova

Department of Modern Languages
Lecturer in Russian

Contact details

Russian Studies
Department of Modern Languages
Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Dr Natasha Rulyova has research interests in three areas: post-Soviet Russian media including new media, translation studies with the focus on self-translation, and genre studies.

Her work on post-Soviet media resulted in the following main publications: monograph (with Stephen Hutchings) of Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote Control (London: Routledge, 2009), edited volumes (with Stephen Hutchings and Birget Beumers, Eds) The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals (London: Routledge, 2009) and Globalisation, Freedom and the Media after Communism: The past as future (London and New York: Routledge, 2009), (with Jeremy Morris and Vlad Strukov) co-edited special issue on new media of the peer-refereed Europe-Asia Studies journal (Volume 64, Issue 8, 2012).

By invitation of Françoise Daucé at EHEES in Paris, Natasha Rulyova is currently working as Visiting Professor at EHEES from 24 March to 28 April 2017.

She is giving talks on post-Soviet media, specifically on young Russian adults' news consumption (24 March), commemoration of the WW2 and how it is covered on Russian TV (27 March), mass media and new media in Putin's Russia (21 April) and the use of rhetorical genre theory in the discussion of individual and collective identities and how they are shaped in social media (for further details, see https://www.ehess.fr/fr/personne/natalia).

In the area of genre studies, she published a co-edited volume (with Garin Dowd, Eds) Genre Trajectories: Identifying, Mapping, Projecting (London, Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and two single-authored articles on genre and new media, and genre and identity (see the list of publications below). She also created a web resource of interdisciplinary presentations on genre, which were given in the course of the AHRC-funded project Genre Studies Network.

Her current work is focused on self-translation, as she is writing a book on self-translation as a type of collaborative translation by drawing on the bilingual work by Joseph  Brodsky (1940-1996), a Russian-American Noble Prize winning poet. In 2002, she completed her PhD on Brodsky’s self-translations at the University of Cambridge. Since then, she has done some archival work at the Brodsky archive in Beinecke library, Yale. This work has led her to develop a theory of self-translation as a type of collaborative translation. 


  • PhD (Cambridge)
  • MPhil (Cambridge)
  • BA (Perm, Russia)


Dr Natasha Rulyova is Lecturer in Russian in the Department of Modern languages and a member of the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (CREES). She joined CREES in July 2006, having previously worked as Lecturer in Russian and Research Associate on the project Post-Soviet Television Culture led by Prof. Stephen Hutchings at the University of Surrey.


Director of Undergraduate Studies (Russian)

She has taught and convened the following modules:

  • Translation: Russian to English (1st & 2nd year undergraduate)
  • Advanced Russian Grammar (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Core Russian Language: Essay (final year undergraduate)
  • 19th Century Russian Novel (1st & 2nd year undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilisation
  • (Convening) Core Russian Language 1A (1st year post-A level Russian language students)
  • (Convening) Core Russian Language 2 (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Visual Culture and the Mass Media in Russia (final year undergraduate)
  • (Convening) Understanding European Identities (1st year undergraduate)
  • Visual Culture (final year)
  • (Contributing to) Approaches to European Cultures
  • (Contributing to) European Media Culture
  • (Convening) BA Dissertations and Extended essay; supervising individual projects

  • From September 2015, leading Post-Graduate Teaching (PGT) at the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music.
  • Teaching Practical Translation (Russian-English) (PG students specialising in Social Science and the Humanities): beginners, intermediate and advanced level (MA and PhD).
  • (Contributing to) the module Researching Russia and Eastern Europe (MA students).
  • Supervision of MA dissertations.
  • (Contributing to) MA in Translation Studies.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Supervision of MA dissertations.
  • Supervision of PhD dissertations: Victoria Hudson who successfully completed her thesis on Russian soft power (co-supervisor); PhD candidate Balsam Awni Mustafa (lead supervisor) who is working on the translation of ISIS media narratives.

Find out more - our PhD Russian Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Natalia Rulyova research interests

  • Genre Studies
  • Post-Soviet Russian television and new media
  • 20th Century Russian poetry (Joseph Brodsky's poetry and auto-translations)
  • Translation studies
  • Rulyova is currently leading a research project News Consumption and Dissemination, which aims to examine how young people (18-25 years old) in four countries including Russia (Moscow and Perm), France (Paris), the USA (Philadelphia) and the UK (Birmingham) consume and disseminate the news. The research questions include the following:
    1. What media do young people use to get the news from?
    2. What forms and genres do they consume and disseminate their news items in?
    3. In what languages do they consume the news?
    4. How global/national/local is their news consumption?
    The results of the second round of this project will be discussed at the panel on News Consumption and Dissemination at the BASEES conference in Cambridge, the UK, on 2-4 April 2016.  
  • A one-day international and multidisciplinary workshop on Collaborative Translation and Self-Translation, funded by CEELBAS, was held at the University of Birmingham on 23 January 2016. It gathered leading researcher in this new and growing field of translation studies. For more info about the event see also the programme, speakers’ bios, paper abstracts and the webpage of the Birmingham Centre for Translation

  • Genre Studies Network, an AHRC-funded (over £30,000) project, which aims to facilitate original, cutting-edge and multifaceted research into genre by enhancing theoretical debate about genre between academics across the humanities and social sciences, by consolidating existing knowledge about genre and by developing new understandings of genre; six workshops on different aspects of genre have been scheduled between September 2012 and June 2013. 
  • Genre in Contemporary Russian Culture, a one-day workshop, took place at the CREES on 27 June 2011. The workshop has received positive feedback and it has been a seed-corn for an AHRC Research Network Grant Proposal Genre Studies Network submitted in January 2012. 
  • New Media in New Europe-Asia: Russia, Central, Eastern and South Europe, and Eurasia: two linked CEELBAS-funded one-day workshops under the umbrella New Media in New Europe-Asia. The workshops will take place at CREES, the University of Birmingham (30 March 2010) and at SSEES, UCL (28 May 2010) (for further information about the workshops.
  • One-day workshop on media research methodologies and the establishment /maintenance of a web forum jointly with Prof. Hutchings at the University of Manchester (see http://bscw.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/). October 2007-April 2008
  • Three CEELBAS-funded International Public Debates organised jointly with the University of Manchester (2007): Freedom of Speech and Russian Media, Manchester, February; New Media and Civil Society, Birmingham, March; The Media and the War on Terror, Frontclub, London, April.

Talks, lectures, interviews and media events by invitation since September 2015

  • By invitation of REP Theatre in Birmingham, Rulyova has been invited to discuss the historical and social background of The Government Inspector, a famous play by Nikolai Gogol on 10 February 2016. 
  • By invitation of B-Film, Rulyova is taking part in discussion of A Man with the Movie-Camera at the Electric Cinema, Birmingham, on 2 February 2016.
  • Rulyova has recently been invited to visit the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris as Visiting Professor for one month in April 2017. She will run seminars and speak on her recent project on news consumption and dissemination as well as on the mass media and new media in Russia.
  • By invitation of the Open Russia Club and the Anglo-Russian Culture Club (Larissa Itina), Rulyova moderated the discussion and shared her views on Brodsky’s self-translations and bilingual texts at the Brodsky Memorial Evening, which took place at the Open Russia Club in London on 31 January 2016 (see the photo attached).
  • Interview on Russian media with ozy.com on 6 January 2016. 
  • By invitation of Prof. Aneta Pavlenko, Rulyova gave a lecture on Joseph Brodsky’s Self-Translations at Temple University (USA), on 15 October 2015.
  •  By invitation, Rulyova took part in the discussion of the media in Putin’s Russia at Thinking Allowed on the BBC on 30th September 2015.
  • On 2 October 2015, Rulyova was interviewed by the Monocle 24.

Other activities

Other professional appointments

  • Registered Practitioner at the Higher Education Academy, UK, 26 May 2006
  • Member of The British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)


  • 2015 CEELBAS grant (£3,967) Leading Applicant, for organising a research network workshop on Collaborative Translation and Self-Translation at the University of Birmingham on 23 January 2016
  • 2015 CEELBAS grant (£1,100) Leading Applicant, for developing links with U.S. universities in the area of Russian studies and translation, including the University of Yale, Amherst College and Temple University.
  • 2012 AHRC Research Networking grant (over £30,000) for organising Genre Studies Network (see details above)
  • 2011 CEELBAS grant (£1,032), Leading Applicant, for organising a one-day workshop Genre in Contemporary Russian Culture. School of Government and Society research and KT activities grant, University of Birmingham (£500), an additional grant to further support the above-mentioned one-day workshop’
  • 2009 CEELBAS grant (£5,000) for organising two one-day workshops under the umbrella New Media in New Europe-Asia. March 2010-May 2010
  • 2007 CEELBAS grant (£3,342) received jointly with Prof. Hutchings, leading applicant, of the University of Manchester for one-day workshop on media research methodologies, and for the establishment and maintenance of a web forum onto which recordings of the workshop contributions would be uploaded as part of a larger, longer-term initiative in post-Soviet media research (see http://bscw.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/). October 2007-April 2008
  • 2007 CEELBAS grant (£5,000) received jointly with Prof. Hutchings, leading applicant, of the University of Manchester, for a series of three debates on the media: 1) ‘Media and Free Speech in Post-Soviet Russia’ held at the University of Manchester; 2) ‘Russian New Media and Civil Society’ held at the University of Birmingham; 3) ‘Media and the War on Terror’ held in London. February-May

Teaching awards

2009 received a teaching award as part of the Russian Language team, University of Birmingham



  • (with G. Dowd, eds) (2009) Genre Trajectories: Identifying, Mapping, Projecting, peer-refereed edited volume (London: Palgrave), 
  • (with S. Hutchings) (2009) Television and Culture in Putin’s Russia: Remote Control (London and New York: Routledge): co-written monograph
  • (with B. Beumers and S. Hutchings, eds) (2009) Globalisation, Freedom and the media after Communism: The past as future(London and New York: Routledge)
  • (with B. Beumers and S. Hutchings, eds) (2009) The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals (London and New York: Routledge)

Book chapters

  • (2017) ‘Genre and Identity in Russian New Media Users’ Response to a Meteor Shower in Chelyabinsk in 2013’, in Carolyn Miller and Ashley Kelly (eds), Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • (2016) ‘Genre in the Russian Blogosphere’, in  Natasha Artemeva (ed.), Genre Studies Around the Globe: Beyond the Three Traditions (Canada: Inkshed)
  • (with S. Hutchings) (2009) ‘Commemorating the Past/Performing the Present: television coverage of the Second World War victory celebrations and the (de)construction of Russian nationhood’, in Beumers, B, Hutchings, S and Rulyova, N, eds, The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals (London and New York: Routledge) pp 137-55
  • (2003) ‘Joseph Brodsky: Exile, Language and Metamorphosis’, in Stroinska, M and Cecchetto, V, eds, Exile, Language and Identity (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang) pp 111-24

Journal articles

  • (with H. Westley) (under review 2017) 'New News Genres', Digital Journalism
  • (withT. Zagibalov) (2012) ‘Blogging the Other: Representation of the Chinese and Russians in the Blogosphere’, Europe-Asia Studies (Volume 64, Issue 8, 2012), pp 1524-1545
  • (2010) ‘Television News and Its Satirical Interpretation in Medvedev’s Russia: Is Glasnost Back?’ The Russian Journal of Communication, Vol. 3, Nos. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2010): pp. 228-47
  • (2007) ‘Subversive Glocalisation in the Game Show Pole chudes (The Field of Miracles)’, Europe-Asia Studies, vol 59, no 8, pp 1367-1386
  • (2005) ‘Piracy and Narrative Games: Dmitry Puchkov’s Translations of the Lord of the Rings’.  Article: Slavic and East European Journal, vol 4, pp 625-638
  • (2001) ‘Bilingualism: Mongrelisation of the Author’, in Slovo, SSEES, University College London, vol 13, pp 124-3

Special issues in refereed journals

  • (with J. Morris and V. Strukov, eds) Special Issue New Media in New Europe-Asia, Europe-Asia Studies (Volume 64, Issue 8, 2012). See http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ceas20/64/8
  • (with B. Beumers, and S. Hutchings) eds, ‘Symposium on the Post-Soviet Media’, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 59, No. 8, (December 2007): pp. 1243-1403’

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