Antony Kalashnikov

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Antony Kalashnikov
A historian of Soviet Russia, my work is situated at the intersection of cultural and political history, and centres on interdisciplinary topics related to collective memory and temporal culture. I am currently working on Soviet views of the future. My recently-published monograph, Monuments for Posterity: Self-Commemoration and the Stalinist Culture of Time (Cornell University Press, 2023) explored the striving to “immortalize the memory of the era,” which undergirded the vast Stalinist program of monument construction. Specifically, I analyzed how this objective affected monument design, what factors prompted the yearning to be remembered, and what the culture of self-commemoration revealed about changing outlooks on the future—both in the Soviet Union and beyond its borders. My new project studies regime censorship of utopian science fiction, the main forum for imagining and popularizing visions of the future. My research reveals that irrespective of declining “belief,” imaginings of the communist future remained vibrant, variegated, and contested. Contrary to established views, utopianism did not ossify in the late Soviet period, but changed its character and functions, with complex ramifications for both Soviet ideology and cultural life.


  • B.A. University of Alberta, 2013
  • M. Phil. University of Oxford, 2015
  • D. Phil. University of Oxford, 2019

Selected Publications

  • 2023 Monuments for Posterity: Self-Commemoration and Stalinist Culture of TimeIthaca: Cornell University Press.
  • 2020 “Historicist Architecture and Stalinist Futurity” Slavic Review 79.3: 591-612.
  • 2018 “Stalinist Crimes and the Ethics of Memory.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 19.3: 599-626.
  • 2018 w/ Thorsten Holzhauser. “Communist Successors and Narratives of the Past: Party Factions in the German PDS and the Russian CPRF, 1990-2005.” In Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism. Edited by Agnieszka Mrozik and Stanislav Holubec, 41-73. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • 2017 “Strength in Diversity: Multiple Memories of the Soviet Past in the Russian Communist Party (CPRF), 1993-2004.” Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity 45.3: 370-392.
  • 2016 “Interpellation in the Late Soviet Period: Contesting the De-Ideologization Narrative.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 58.1: 23-48.