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Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network


Associate Professor

Department of History

The University of Warwick



Claire Shaw is a specialist in the history of the Soviet Union, with a particular interest in the formation of Soviet identity and the history of marginal groups. Her current research project examines the deaf community in Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1991, focusing on the impact of deafness on Soviet programmes of identity, and examining how Soviet deaf individuals developed their sense of individual and collective selfhood. 

Recent publications:

Deaf in the USSR: Marginality, Community, and Soviet Identity, 1917-1991 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017)

 '"Speaking in the Language of Art": Soviet Deaf Theatre and the Politics of Identity during Khrushchev's Thaw', The Slavonic & East European Review, Vol 91 (2013), pp. 759-786

'A Fairground for "Building the New Man": Gorky Park as Site of Soviet Acculturation', Urban History, Vol. 38, No. 2 (2011), pp. 324-344


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