University of Calgary

Hanna Chuchvaha

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Sessional Instructor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


I am a scholar of Slavic studies with a focus on several fields, such as print culture, word and image, women art collectors, and art of trauma within East European region. My research was funded by SSHRC, the Friends of the Libraries of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and others. I presented on major international conferences, such as ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies); CAA (College Art Association); IAWIS/AIERTI (International Association of Word and Image Studies); UAAC (Universities Art Association of Canada); CAS (Canadian Association of Slavists); ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) and many others. Also I contribute to the academic community as Book Review Editor for H-Net – in 2016-2017 I was Book Review Editor for H-Russia, and since 2017 I am Book Review Editor for H-SHERA (Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture) Reviews. In addition, I serve as Editorial Board Member for East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies.

In 2023 I was nominated for a 2022-23 University of Calgary Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award for teaching Introductory Russian. 

Research Areas

Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian culture from the 18th century to contemporary, Russian language, Imperial Russia, imperialism and decolonization, Modernity and Modernism, East-European art and visual culture, cultural studies, word and image, book and periodical studies, print culture, art reproduction, material culture, women’s history, post-Chornobyl visual culture, art of trauma.

Select Publications:


Art Periodical Culture in Late Imperial Russia (1898-1917): Print Modernism in Transition (Boston & Leiden: Brill, 2016). Series: Library of the Written Word - The Industrial World. Volume: 44

Peer-Reviewed articles and book chapters:

2023 (book chapter) "How the Orient Was Russianized: Texts, Images and Popular Imagination from Eruslan Lazarevich to Ruslan and Liudmila," Russian Orient in a Global Context: Hybridity, Encounter and Representation, edited by Allison Leigh and Maria Taroutina (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023) pp. 165-187.

2020 “Memory, Trauma and the Maternal: Post-Apocalyptic View of Chernobyl/Chornobyl’s Nuclear Disaster,” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies), Volume VII, No. 2 (2020): 3-31.

2020 “Quiet Feminists: Women Collectors, Exhibitors and Patrons for Embroidery, Lace and Needlework in Late Imperial Russia (1860-1917),” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture (Bard Graduate Center and the University of Chicago Press) Vol. 27 No. 1 Spring/Summer 2020 pp. 45-72.

2019 (book chapter) “Images, Words, and Book Production in the Russian Empire: Popular Prints, Lubok Books, and Illustrated Magazines,” Cheap Print and the People: Popular Literature in the European Perspective, edited by Steve Roud and David Atkinson (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019) pp. 191-222.

Book Reviews and Conference Proceedings:

2023: (book review) Picturing Russia’s Men. Masculinity and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Painting by Allison Leigh. London, New York, Dublin: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020. Slavic Review 81/4 (Winter 2022): 1121-22. 

2023 (book review) Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology. Ana Janevski et al, editors. Foreword by Glenn D. Lowry, The Museum of Modern Art. Distributed by Duke UP, 2018. East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Volume X, No. 1 (2023): 179-181. 

2022: (book review) Faster, Higher, Stronger, Comrades! Sports, Art and Ideology in Late Russian and Early Soviet Culture by Tim Harte. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2020. Slavic Review 81/2 (2022): 562-563.  

2022 (double book review/review article) Tom Cubbin. Soviet Critical Design: Senezh Studio and the Communist Surround. London and New York: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019 and Yulia Karpova. Comradely Objects: Design and Material Culture in Soviet Russia, 1960s-80s. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. H-Net/ H-Material Culture, published on May 22, 2022 

2019 (book review) Matthew S. Witkovsky and Devin Fore. Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test. The Art Institute of Chicago. Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2017. East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies) VI/1 (2019): 271-219.

2019 (book review) Rosalind P. Blakesley. The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2016, Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue Canadienne des Slavistes (Tailor and Francis) 61/1 (2019): 127-129.

2018 (book review) Molly Brunson. Russian Realisms. Literature and Painting, 1840-1890. DeKalb, Northern Illinois University Press, 2016. Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue Canadienne des Slavistes (Tailor and Francis) 60/3-4 (2018): 614-616.

2018 (book review) Vita Susak. Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939. Kyiv, Rodovid Press, 2010. East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies) 5/1(2018): 181-183.

2017 (conference proceedings) “Art Nouveau in Late imperial Russia: Cosmopolitanism, Europeanization and ‘National Revival’ in the Art Periodical the World of Art (Mir Iskusstva, 1898-1904),” cDf International Congress proceedings: actes, actas: actes, Barcelona Jun. 2013, eds. Lluís Bosch and Mireia Freixa (Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona, Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2017).

2017 (conference proceedings) “Typology, Structure, Artifact: Contemporary Canadian Museum and its Perspectives” (“Tipologiia, structura, artefakt: sovremennyi kanadskii muzei i ego perspektivy”), Muzei i kul’turnaia spadchyna: historyia, suchasnasts’, pohliad u buduchyniu: zbornik materyialau mizhnarodnai navukova-praktychnai kanferentsyi, 27-28 chervenia 2017, edited by A.A. Huzhalouski (et al) (Minsk: BDU, 2017) 40-53. (In Russian)

2016 (book review) Colleen McQuillen. The Modernist Masquerade. Stylizing Life, Literature, and Costumes in Russia. Madison, The University of Wisconsin Press, 2013. Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue Canadienne des Slavistes (Tailor and Francis) 58/1 (2016): 97-98.


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