Prof Birgit Beumers BA (Hons) CNAA 1986; DPhil (Oxon) 1991

Prof Birgit Beumers

Professor of Film Studies

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Birgit Beumers was born and raised in Aachen, Germany and came to the UK in 1982 to study English and French Literature at Oxford Polytechnic (now Brookes). She also studied Russian at the universities of Geneva and Paris. After graduation she spent a year in Moscow before she went on to St Antony's College, Oxford, where she completed her D.Phil on Yuri Lyubimov and the Taganka Theatre. During her postgraduate research she spent time in Russia and worked with Anatoli Vasiliev at the School of Dramatic Art in Moscow. From 1992-94 she held a temporary appointment in the Slavonic Department at the University of Cambridge. In 1994 she joined Bristol University's Russian Department as lecturer, then senior lecturer and reader. In 2012 she was appointed to a chair in film studies at Aberystwyth.

Teaching

Research

Birgit Beumers specialises in Russian culture, especially theatre and film, as well as Central Asian and European cinema. She has written a monograph on Yuri Lyubimov at the Taganka Theatre; on the filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov and his Oscar-winning film Burnt by the Sun; and on Russian popular culture. With Mark Lipovetsky, she has co-authored a book on violence in Russian drama and cinema. She is the author of A History of Russian Cinema and has edited and co-edited several volumes on Russian cinema, visual culture and media, including a volume on the filmmaker Alexander Sokurov. During 2007-2009 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and in 2013 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Central European University in Budapest to do research on early Russian and Soviet animation, as well as special effects and technical innovation in Soviet cinema of the first half of the 20th century.

Publications

2016

Beumers, B. 2016. A Companion to Russian Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas Wiley

Beumers, B. 2016. Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian Ark. KinoSputniks Intellect

Beumers, B. 2016. Capital Images: Moscow on Screen. In B. Beumers. (ed) A Companion to Russian Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas Wiley pp. 452-474.

Beumers, B. 2016. Les anniversaires de la victoire: les reflets de la Grande guerre patriotique à l’écran entre 2005 et 2015. [Anniversaries of Victory: Screen Reflections of the Great Patriotic War from 2005 to 2015.] In E. Zvonkine. (ed) Le cinéma russe contemporain, (r)évolutions. Armand Colin

Beumers, B. 2016. Special/spatial effects in Soviet cinema. In V. Strukov., H. Goscilo. (eds) Russian Aviation, Space Flight and Visual Culture. Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series Taylor & Francis pp. 169-188.

Beumers, B. 2016. The road to nowhere? Destinations in recent Russian cinema. In M. Bassin., M. Suslov. (eds) Eurasia 2.0: Post-Soviet Geopolitics and New Media. Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Politics Rowman & Littlefield pp. 25-40.

2015

Beumers, B., Balina, M. 2015. "To Catch Up and Overtake Disney?". Soviet and Post-Soviet Fairy-Tale Films. In J. Zipes., P. Greenhill., K. Magnus-Johnston. (eds) Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, New York pp. 124-138.

Beumers, B. 2015. Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2. Intellect, Bristol, Chicago

2014

Beumers, B. 2014. A "Hero of our Time": The Gastarbeiter in Recent Russian Cinema. Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie 70 (1) pp. 161-178. Cadair

Beumers, B. 2014. World Film Locations: Moscow. Intellect Books - World Film Locations Intellect, Bristol

2013

Beumers, B., Rouland, M., Abikeyeva, G. 2013. Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories. KINO: The Russian Cinema Series I.B. Tauris, London

Beumers, B. 2013. Growing Up in Central Asian Cinema. In M. Rouland., G. Abikeyeva., B. Beumers. (eds) Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories. KINO: The Russian Cinema Series I.B. Tauris, London pp. 187-198.

Beumers, B. 2013. Iurii Arabov et le theme de la spiritualité. [Iurii Arabov and the theme of spirituality.] In M. Poirson-Dechonne. (ed) CinemAction: Le cinéma russe, de la perestroika a nos jours. , Paris pp. 117-123.

Beumers, B. 2013. Russia's New Fin de Siècle: Contemporary Culture Between Past and Present. Intellect, Chicago

Beumers, B. 2013. Russian Cinema. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies Oxford University Press

Beumers, B. 2013. The Place of Action must not be Changed: Aleksei Balabanov’s St Petersburg. In B. Beumers. (ed) Russia’s New Fin de Siècle. University of Chicago Press, Chicago pp. 231-243.

2012

Beumers, B., Hutchings, S., Rulyova, N. 2012. Globalisation, Freedom and the Media after Communism: The Past as Future. Reprintth edn, Taylor & Francis

Beumers, B. 2012. National Identities through Visions of the Past: Contemporary Russian Cinema. In M. Bassin., C. Kelly. (eds) Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge pp. 120-153.

2011

Beumers, B. 2011. And the Ark Sails on... In B. Beumers., N. Condee. (eds) The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov. I.B. Tauris

Beumers, B. 2011. Drama and Theatre. In E. Dobrenko., M. Balina. (eds) Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. Cambridge Companions to Literature Cambridge University Press, Cambridge pp. 215-234.

Beumers, B. 2011. Rossiiskaia mul’tiplikatsiia 2009g. Vzliad iz-za rubezha. [Russian animation of 2009: a view from the side.] Khroniki kinoprotsessa 2009. pp. 88-105.

Beumers, B., Condee, N. 2011. The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov. I.B. Tauris

Beumers, B., Hutchings, S., Rulyova, N. 2011. The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals. BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Taylor & Francis

Beumers, B. 2011. The Serialization of Culture or the Culture of Serialization. In B. Beumers., S. Hutchings., N. Rulyova. (eds) The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals. Taylor & Francis pp. 159-177.

Beumers, B., Lipovetsky, M. 2011. ‘Bog–eto krov’: Teatr i kinematograf Ivana Vyrypaeva. [God is Blood] Киноведческие записки 96 pp. 210-224.

2010

Beumers, B. 2010. Aleksandr Shiryaev: Popravka k istorii animatsii. [Aleksandr Shiryaev] Киноведческие записки 94 (5) pp. 340-361.

Beumers, B. 2010. Die Blume im Staub. Das Zeit-Bild in Rustam Chamdamovs Anna Karamazoff: Das Zeit-Bild in Rustam Chamdamovs Anna Karamazoff. [The Flower in the Dust] In J. Murašov., N. Drubek-Meyer. (eds) Das Zeit-Bild im osteuropäischen Film nach 1945. Böhlau, Köln, Weimar, Wien pp. 225-243.

Beumers, B. 2010. Directory of World Cinema: Russia. Intellect

Beumers, B. 2010. Nostalgic Journeys in Post-Soviet Cinema: Towards a Lost Home? In D. Berghahn., C. Sternberg. (eds) European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe. Springer Nature pp. 96-113.

Beumers, B. 2010. Stage(d) Terror. In A. Anemone. (ed) Just Assassins: The Culture of Terrorism in Russia. Northwestern University Press pp. 277-296.

Beumers, B., Lipovetsky, M. 2010. The Performance of Life: Documentary Theater and Film. Russian Review 69 (4) pp. 615-637.

2009

Beumers, B. 2009. A History of Russian Cinema. Bloomsbury Publishing

Beumers, B., Bocharov, V., Robinson, D. 2009. Alexander Shiryaev: Master of Movement. Le Giornate del cinema muto

Beumers, B., Lipovetsky, M. 2009. Performing violence: Literary and theatrical experiments of new Russian drama. Intellect

Beumers, B. 2009. Real images: in memory of Josephine Woll: The Mitten, by Roman Kachanov. Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema pp. 87-88.

Beumers, B. 2009. The Mikhalkov Brothers' View of Russia. In S. Hutchings., A. Vernitskaia. (eds) Russian and Soviet Film Adaptations of Literature, 1900-2001: Screening the Word. BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Taylor & Francis, London pp. 101-127.

Beumers, B. 2009. The Peculiarities of Russian National Cinema in the Rogozhkin Period. In O. Mesropova., S. Graham. (eds) Uncensored? : Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia. Slavica Publishers pp. 117-132.

Beumers, B. 2009. Transforming Animation History. Alexander Shiryaev: Master of Movement. Le Giornate del cinema muto pp. 37-52.

2008

Beumers, B. 2008. Killers and Gangsters: The Heroes of Russian Blockbusters of the Putin Era. In S. White. (ed) Media, Culture and Society in Putin's Russia . Studies in Central and Eastern Europe UKth edn, Springer Nature pp. 204- 224.

Beumers, B. 2008. Masiania. In I. Kukulin., M. Lipovetskii., M. Maiofis. (eds) Veselye chelovechki: Funny Figures. New Literary Observer pp. 507-524.

Beumers, B., Lipovetsky, M. 2008. Reality Performance: Documentary Trends in Post-Soviet Russian Theatre. Contemporary Theatre Review 18 (3) pp. 293-306.

Beumers, B. 2008. Through the other lens?: Russians on the global screen. In S. Hutchings. (ed) Russia and its other(s) on film: Screening intercultural dialogue,. Studies in Central and Eastern Europe Springer Nature pp. 166-183.

Beumers, B., Lipovetskii, M. 2008. Travma – performans – identichnost'.: Intimnyi teatr Evgeniia Grishkovtsa. [Trauma, performance, identity] In N. Borisova., K. Bogdanov., L. Murashov. (eds) SSSR –territoriia liubvi. Novoe izdatel'stvo, Moscow pp. 234-267.

2007

Beumers, B. 2007. Comforting Creatures in Children’s Cartoons. In M. Balina., L. Rudova. (eds) Reading Russian and Soviet Children’s Culture. Taylor & Francis pp. 153-171.

Beumers, B. 2007. The Cinema of Russia and the former Soviet Union (24 Frames). Columbia University Press, London

2006

Beumers, B. 2006. Entries. In T. Smorodinskaya., K. Evans-Romaine., H. Goscilo. (eds) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture. Taylor & Francis

2005

Beumers, B. 2005. Anatoli Vasiliev. In S. Mitter., M. Shevtsova. (eds) Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Taylor & Francis pp. 190-195.

Beumers, B. 2005. Eimuntas Nekrosius. In S. Mitter., M. Shevtsova. (eds) Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Taylor & Francis pp. 227-231.

Beumers, B. 2005. Pop Culture Russia!: Media, Arts and Lifestyle. Popular Culture in the Contemporary World Greenwood Publishing Group, Santa Barbara (CA)

Beumers, B. 2005. The Chopping of The Cherry Orchard: Stanislavskii or Chekhov? Essays in Poetics pp. 21-44.

Beumers, B. 2005. Yuri Lyubimov. In S. Mitter., M. Shevtsova. (eds) Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Taylor & Francis pp. 81-86.

2004

Beumers, B. 2004. Nikita Mikhalkov: 1. KINO- Russian Film-makers' Companions 1stth edn, I.B. Tauris, London

Beumers, B. 2004. Pop Post-Sots: Mass Musicals in Russia. Slavic and East European Journal 48 (3) pp. 378-395.

2003

Beumers, B. 2003. Entries. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. Oxford University Press

Beumers, B. 2003. Nina Sadur. In M. Balina., M. J. Bruccoli., R. Layman. (eds) Dictionary of Literary Biographies, Russian Writers since 1980. Cengage Learning pp. 268-276.

Beumers, B. 2003. Playing with Gogol: Gogol’s texts on the post-Soviet stage. Essays in Poetics pp. 202-220.

Beumers, B. 2003. Soviet and Russian Blockbusters: A question of genre? Slavic Review 62 (3) pp. 441-454.

2002

Beumers, B. 2002. Spinning the text: The play with infinity in contemporary Russian theatre. Modern Language Review 97 (1) pp. 135-148.

2001

Beumers, B. 2001. Burnt by the Sun. KINOfiles Film Companion Re-issueth edn, I.B. Tauris

Beumers, B. 2001. Post-Revolutionary Theatre. In N. Cornwell., N. Christian. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature. Taylor & Francis pp. 209-222.

Beumers, B. 2001. The “blue” stage: Homosexuality in Russian theatre and drama of the 1990s. In P. I. Barta. (ed) Gender and Sexuality in Russian Civilisation. Routledge Harwood Studies in Russian and European Literature 1stth edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 295-309.

2000

Beumers, B. 2000. Eisenstein: The Battleship Potemkin. In S. Street., J. Forbes. (eds) European Cinema: An Introduction. Springer Nature pp. 53-64.

Beumers, B. 2000. Entries. In R. Taylor., N. Wood., J. Graffy., D. Iordanova. (eds) BFI Companion to Eastern European and Russian Cinema. BFI Publishing, London

Beumers, B. 2000. Entries. International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. St James’s House

Beumers, B. 2000. Father Frost on 31 December: Christmas and New Year in Soviet and Russian Cinema. Christmas in the Movies. I.B. Tauris, London pp. 185-209.

Beumers, B. 2000. Mikhalkov: The Barber of Siberia. In S. Street., J. Forbes. (eds) European Cinema. Springer Nature, London pp. 195-206.

Beumers, B. 2000. Myth-making and myth-taking: Lost Ideals and the War in Contemporary Russian Cinema. Canadian Slavonic Papers 42 (1-2) pp. 171-189.

1999

Beumers, B. 1999. Cinemarket, or the Russian Film Industry in “Mission Possible”. Europe-Asia Studies 51 (5) pp. 871-896.

Beumers, B. 1999. Introduction. In B. Beumers. (ed) Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. KINO: The Russian Cinema Series I.B. Tauris pp. 1-11.

Beumers, B. 1999. Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. KINO: The Russian Cinema Series Firstth edn, I.B. Tauris

Beumers, B. 1999. The “thaw” and after, 1953-1986. In R. Leach., V. Borovsky. (eds) A History of Russian Theatre. Cambridge University Press pp. 358-381.

Beumers, B. 1999. To Moscow! To Moscow? The Russian Hero and the Loss of the Centre. In B. Beumers. (ed) Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. KINO: The Russian Cinema Series I.B. Tauris pp. 76-87.

1998

Beumers, B. 1998. Entries. Entsiklopediia kino. , Moscow

Beumers, B. 1998. Performing Culture: Theatre. In C. Kelly., D. Shepherd. (eds) Russian Cultural Studies: An Introduction. Oxford University Press pp. 91-108.

Beumers, B. 1998. Post-Revolutionary Russian Theatre. In N. Cornwell., N. Christian. (eds) Reference Guide to Russian Literature. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 45-49.

Beumers, B. 1998. Russian History in Film: From perestroika into the 1990s. History and the Memory of the Past in Abuladze's Repentance and Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun. In F. Brinkhuis., S. Talmor. (eds) Memory, History and Critique. European Identity at the Millennium: Proceedings of the 6th International ISSEI Conference at the University for Humanist Studies. International Society for the Study of European Ideas

1997

Beumers, B. 1997. La politique contre l'art à la Taganka. In B. Picon-Vallin. (ed) Lioubimov: La Taganka. Les Voies de la création théâtrale CNRS Éditions, Paris pp. 63-95.

Beumers, B. 1997. Le vivant: Thème paysan et spectacle-mythe. In B. Picon-Vallin. (ed) Lioubimov: La Taganka. Les Voies de la création théâtrale CNRS Éditions, Paris pp. 265-291.

Beumers, B. 1997. Yury Lyubimov at the Taganka Theatre 1964-1994. Taylor & Francis

1996

Beumers, B. 1996. Commercial Enterprise on the Stage: Changes in Russian Theatre Management between 1986 and 1996. Europe-Asia Studies 48 (8) pp. 1403-1416.