Simon Huxtable is Research Associate on the Screening Socialism project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He recently completed his PhD in history at Birkbeck College, University of London, for which he conducted research in archives in Russia and the United States. His research was funded by an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, with additional funding from the Royal Historical Society and the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies. Simon is currently a convenor of the Media and Communications History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. He has spoken at a number of conferences and seminars in the UK, United States, and Germany.
Simon’s research focuses on the development of mass media and communications in post-war Eastern Europe. A central goal of his work is to understand how modes of communication – both vertically between Party and public, and horizontally between members of society – changed with the advent of new technologies and the emergence of new social norms. His doctoral thesis investigated the changing professional climate of journalism in the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death, and showed how this impacted on the style and content of newspapers. His current work on the ‘Screening Socialism’ project advances these concerns, and additionally investigates how socialist television has influenced vernacular memory of the socialist period after the fall of Communism.
- Simon Huxtable, 'In search of the Soviet reader: the Kosygin reforms, sociology, and changing concepts of Soviet society, 1964-1970', Cahiers du monde russe 55/3-4 (2014), forthcoming.
- ‘Shortcomings: Soviet Journalists and the Changing Role of Press Criticism after the Twentieth Party Congress’, in De-Stalinisation reconsidered. Persistance and Change in the Soviet Union after 1953", ed.by Thomas Bohn, Rayk Einax, Michel Abesser (Frankfurt am Main/New York, 2014)Abesser (Gießen: Justus-Liebig-Universität, 2013), in press.
- Review of Peter Romijn, Giles Scott-Smith, Joes Segal (eds.), ‘Divided Dreamworlds: The Cultural Cold War in East and West’, Europe-Asia Studies, in press.
- Review of Karel Berkhoff, ‘Motherland in Danger: Soviet Propaganda During World War II’, H-Net Reviews (JHistory), June 2013.
- Review of Anne E. Gorsuch, ‘All This is Your World: Soviet Tourism At Home and Abroad After Stalin’, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, jgo.e-reviews 3 (2013), 26-27.
- Review of Kristin Roth-Ey, ‘Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War’, Europe-Asia Studies 64/5 (July 2012), 963-964.