Susan Reid BA Hons, Leeds; MA, University of Pennsylvania, PhD, University of Pennsylvania.
Professor of Cultural History
After gaining my first degree in Modern Languages (Russian and German), I took my MA and PhD in History of Art at University of Pennsylvania. I taught History of Art at Sheffield Hallam University (1990-93) and Northumbria University (1993-2000). In January 2001 I joined the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at University of Sheffield, where I became Professor of Russian Visual Culture. In 2015 I was appointed Professor of Cultural History at Loughborough University.
My research is concerned with the visual and cultural history of Soviet Russia. I have published widely on visual and material culture, art, gender, consumption, and the everyday in the USSR, focusing on the 1950s–1960s. I have also researched Cold War art, design and visual culture, including Soviet participation in, and reception of, international exhibitions and World Fairs. Using exhibition visitors’ comments books as a source, I have sought to advance understanding of the how such events were received and understood by their contemporary publics.
A number of themes run through my work: the nature and experience ofmid-century Soviet modernity and modernism in art and design; gender issues in the context of the Cold War; and the relations between state authorities, art and design specialists, on one hand, and lay consumers or audiences on the other.
I am currently completing an oral history project on everyday aesthetics, socialist modernity, consumption and identity in Khrushchev-era housing, provisionally entitled Khrushchev Modern: Making Oneself at Home in the Soviet 1960s. This treats homemaking as an aspect of popular culture and seeks to understand how the social, material and cultural transformations that took place after Stalin’s death - including rapid modernization, the formation of a Soviet consumer society, and increased international contact in the context of Cold War - were experienced by ‘ordinary people’.
In addition to contributing to team-taught Undergraduate modules I also teach optional modules on Modern Russia from Emancipation to Revolution (a cultural history) and on Soviet visual culture. This draws on my own research and explores a Soviet visual culture, art, design and everyday life from 1917 to 1991. In these modules I seek to engage students with visual and material culture, to encourage analysis and historical contextualization of visual sources.
Style and Socialism
This book explores the representation, meanings and uses of space in the socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union between 1947 and 1991.
Women in the Khrushchev Era
This collection of essays examines women in the Khrushchev era, using both newly-accessible archival material and a re-reading of published sources.
Editors: Ilic, M., Reid, S., Attwood, L. (Eds.)
Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc
- Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc. Edited with David Crowley. Northwestern University Press, 2010.
- Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts. Edited with Rosalind P. Blakesley. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2006.
- Women in the Khrushchev Era. Edited with M. Ilič and L. Attwood. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
- Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc. Edited with David Crowley.Oxford: Berg, 2002.
- Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe. Edited with David Crowley.Oxford: Berg 2000.
- «Как обживались в позднесоветской модерности» (“Making Oneself at Home in Late Soviet Modernity”) in Anatoly Pinsky, ed., Posle Stalina (After Stalin: Subjectivity in the Late Soviet Union (1953-1985). St Petersburg University Press, 2017.
- Foreword, in Simo Mikkonen and Pekka Suutari (eds), Music, Art and Diplomacy: East-West Cultural Interactions and the Cold War (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015): http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472468086
- “Everyday Aesthetics in the Khrushchev-Era Standard Apartment,” in Choi Chatterjee, David Ransel, Mollie Cavender, Karen Petrone(eds), Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), 203-33
- “Khrushchev in Wonderland: The Pioneer Palace in Moscow’s Lenin Hills, 1962,” in Andreas Müller and Susanne Pietsch (eds), Walls that Teach (Amsterdam: Japsam, 2014), 127-56. This volume was awarded the Dam Architectural Book Award, 2015.
- “This is Tomorrow: Becoming a Consumer in the Soviet Sixties,” in Anne Gorsuch and Diane Koenker (eds), The Socialist Sixties: Crossing Borders in the Second World (Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2013), 25-65
- “(Socialist) Realism Unbound: The Effects of International Encounters on Soviet Art Practice and Discourse in the Khrushchev Thaw,” in M. Bown and M. Lafranconi (eds), Socialist Realisms: Soviet Painting 1920-1970 (Milan: Skira, 2012), 261-76
- “Building Utopia in the Back Yard: Housing Administration, Participatory Government, and the Cultivation of Socialist Community,” in Karl Schlögel, (ed.), Mastering Russian Spaces, Schriften des Historischen Kollegs Kolloquien 74 (Munich: R. Oldenbourg, 2011), 149-86
- “Communist Comfort: Socialist Modernism and the Making of Cosy Homes in the Khrushchev Era,” in K. H. Adler and Carrie Hamilton (eds), Homes and Homecomings: Gendered Histories of Domesticity and Return (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 11-44
- “Happy Housewarming! Moving Into Khrushchev-Era Apartments,” in Marina Balina and Evgeny Dobrenko (eds), Petrified Utopia: Happiness, Soviet Style (London: Anthem Press, 2009), 133-60
- “‘The Soviet “Contemporary Style’: A Socialist Modernism,” in Sirje Helme (ed.), Different Modernisms, Different Avant-Gardes: Problems in Central and Eastern European Art After World War II (Tallinn, KUMU Art Museum, September 2009), 71-112
- “Soviet Responses to the American Kitchen,” in Ruth Oldenziel and Karin Zachmann (eds), Cold War Kitchen: Americanization, Technology, and European Users (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009), 83-112
- ‘“Our Kitchen is Just as Good’: Soviet Responses to the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959,” in David Crowley and Jane Pavitt (eds), Cold War Modern (volume to accompany the major exhibition Cold War Modern, V&A, and international venues 2008-09), (London: V&A Publications, 2008), 141-6
- “Still Life and the Vanity of Socialist Realism: Robert Fal'k’s Potatoes, 1955” The Russian Review 76, no. 3: 408-437
- “Cold War Cultural Transactions: Designing the USSR for the West at Brussels Expo ’58, Design and Culture (July 2017). DOI 10.1080/17547075.2017.1333388 . A limited number of free eprints available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/XaZHhh4RQcP62j4wsG69/full
- "Cold War Binaries and the Culture of Consumption in the Late Soviet Home" Journal of Historical Research in Marketing 8, issue 1(February 2016): 17-43. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JHRM-09-2015-0038. Awarded Emerald Publishing Literati Awards for Excellence Outstanding Paper www.emeraldpublishing.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?year=2017
- “Makeshift Modernity: DIY, Craft and the Virtuous Homemaker in New Soviet Housing of the 1960s,” International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity 2, no. 2 (2014): 87-124. open access
- “Everyday Aesthetics in the Khrushchev-Era Standard Apartment,” Etnofoor 24, no. 2 (2013): 79-106
- “Art for the Soviet Home,” Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly (Dec. 2011)
- “The Soviet Pavilion at Brussels ’58: Convergence, Conversion, critical Assimilation, or Transculturation?” Cold War International History Project Working Paper No. 62 (December 2010), online
- “Communist Comfort: Socialist Modernism and the Making of Cosy Homes in the Khrushchev-Era Soviet Union,” Gender and History 21, issue 3 (2009): 465-98.
- “‘Who Will Beat Whom?’ Soviet Popular Reception of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 9, no. 4 (2008), 855-904.