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

Beumers, B 2017, Bleep and ***: Speechless Protest. in B Beumers, A Etkind, O Gurova & S Turoma (eds), Cultural Forms of Protest in Russia. Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series, Taylor & Francis, pp. 160-179.
Beumers, B 2016, Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian Ark. KinoSputniks, Intellect.
Beumers, B 2016, Les anniversaires de la victoire: les reflets de la Grande guerre patriotique à l’écran entre 2005 et 2015. in E Zvonkine (ed.), Le cinéma russe contemporain, (r)évolutions. Armand Colin.
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.
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 (ed.) 2016, A Companion to Russian Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas, Wiley.
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 (ed.) 2015, Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2. Intellect, Bristol, Chicago.
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 (ed.) 2014, World Film Locations: Moscow. Intellect Books - World Film Locations, Intellect, Bristol.
Beumers, B 2014, 'A "Hero of our Time": The Gastarbeiter in Recent Russian Cinema' Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie, vol 70, no. 1, pp. 161-178.
Beumers, B, Rouland, M & Abikeyeva, G (eds) 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 (ed.) 2013, Russia's New Fin de Siècle: Contemporary Culture Between Past and Present. Intellect, Chicago.
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.
Beumers, B 2013, Iurii Arabov et le theme de la spiritualité. in M Poirson-Dechonne (ed.), CinemAction: Le cinéma russe, de la perestroika a nos jours. vol. 148, Paris, pp. 117-123.
Beumers, B 2013, Russian Cinema. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies, Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199791286-0132
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.
Beumers, B, Hutchings, S & Rulyova, N (eds) 2012, Globalisation, Freedom and the Media after Communism: The Past as Future. Reprint edn, Taylor & Francis.
Beumers, B, Hutchings, S & Rulyova, N (eds) 2011, The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals. BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies, Taylor & Francis.
Beumers, B 1996, 'Commercial Enterprise on the Stage: Changes in Russian Theatre Management between 1986 and 1996' Europe-Asia Studies, vol 48, no. 8, pp. 1403-1416. DOI: 10.1080/09668139608412419
Beumers, B 2001, The “blue” stage: Homosexuality in Russian theatre and drama of the 1990s. in PI Barta (ed.), Gender and Sexuality in Russian Civilisation. 1st edn, Routledge Harwood Studies in Russian and European Literature, Taylor & Francis, pp. 295-309.
Beumers, B 2001, Burnt by the Sun. KINOfiles Film Companion, Re-issue edn, I.B. Tauris.
Beumers, B 2000, Entries. in International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. vol. 4, St James’s House.
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, Father Frost on 31 December: Christmas and New Year in Soviet and Russian Cinema. in 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, Eisenstein: The Battleship Potemkin. in S Street & J Forbes (eds), European Cinema: An Introduction. Springer Nature, pp. 53-64.
Beumers, B 2000, 'Myth-making and myth-taking: Lost Ideals and the War in Contemporary Russian Cinema' Canadian Slavonic Papers, vol 42, no. 1-2, pp. 171-189.
Beumers, B (ed.) 1999, Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. KINO: The Russian Cinema Series, First edn, I.B. Tauris.
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.
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, 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, 'Cinemarket, or the Russian Film Industry in “Mission Possible”' Europe-Asia Studies, vol 51, no. 5, pp. 871-896. DOI: 10.1080/09668139998750
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.
Beumers, B 1998, Entries. in Entsiklopediia kino. Moscow.
Beumers, B 1997, La politique contre l'art à la Taganka. in B Picon-Vallin (ed.), Lioubimov: La Taganka. vol. 20, 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. vol. 20, 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.
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 2011, Drama and Theatre. in E Dobrenko & M Balina (eds), Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature., 12, Cambridge Companions to Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 215-234. DOI: 10.1017/CCOL9780521875356.012
Beumers, B 2011, And the Ark Sails on... in B Beumers & N Condee (eds), The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov. I.B. Tauris.
Beumers, B & Condee, N (eds) 2011, The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov. I.B. Tauris.
Beumers, B 2011, Rossiiskaia mul’tiplikatsiia 2009g. Vzliad iz-za rubezha. in Khroniki kinoprotsessa 2009. pp. 88-105.
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 2010, Directory of World Cinema: Russia. vol. 4, Intellect.
Beumers, B & Lipovetsky, M 2010, 'The Performance of Life: Documentary Theater and Film' Russian Review, vol 69, no. 4, pp. 615-637. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9434.2010.00584.x
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, Die Blume im Staub. Das Zeit-Bild in Rustam Chamdamovs Anna Karamazoff: Das Zeit-Bild in Rustam Chamdamovs Anna Karamazoff. in J Murašov & N Drubek-Meyer (eds), Das Zeit-Bild im osteuropäischen Film nach 1945. Böhlau, Köln, Weimar, Wien, pp. 225-243.
Beumers, B & Lipovetsky, M 2010, '‘Bog–eto krov’: Teatr i kinematograf Ivana Vyrypaeva' Киноведческие записки, vol 96, pp. 210-224.
Beumers, B 2010, 'Aleksandr Shiryaev: Popravka k istorii animatsii' Киноведческие записки, vol 94/95, pp. 340-361.
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, A History of Russian Cinema. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Beumers, B & Lipovetsky, M 2009, Performing violence: Literary and theatrical experiments of new Russian drama. Intellect.
Beumers, B, Bocharov, V & Robinson, D (eds) 2009, Alexander Shiryaev: Master of Movement. Le Giornate del cinema muto.
Beumers, B 2009, Transforming Animation History. in Alexander Shiryaev: Master of Movement. Le Giornate del cinema muto, pp. 37-52.
Beumers, B 2009, 'Real images: in memory of Josephine Woll: The Mitten, by Roman Kachanov', pp. 87-88, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, 3 1 Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1386/srsc.3.1.71_7
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 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 . UK edn, Studies in Central and Eastern Europe, Springer Nature, pp. 204- 224.
Beumers, B & Lipovetskii, M 2008, Travma – performans – identichnost'.: Intimnyi teatr Evgeniia Grishkovtsa. in N Borisova, K Bogdanov & L Murashov (eds), SSSR –territoriia liubvi. Novoe izdatel'stvo, Moscow, pp. 234-267.
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, vol 18, no. 3, pp. 293-306. DOI: 10.1080/10486800802123583
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 (ed.) 2007, The Cinema of Russia and the former Soviet Union (24 Frames). Columbia University Press, London.
Beumers, B 2006, Entries. in T Smorodinskaya, K Evans-Romaine & H Goscilo (eds), Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture. Taylor & Francis.
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, Yuri Lyubimov. in S Mitter & M Shevtsova (eds), Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Taylor & Francis, pp. 81-86.
Beumers, B 2005, Eimuntas Nekrosius. in S Mitter & M Shevtsova (eds), Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Taylor & Francis, pp. 227-231.
Beumers, B 2005, Anatoli Vasiliev. in S Mitter & M Shevtsova (eds), Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Taylor & Francis, pp. 190-195.
Beumers, B 2005, 'The Chopping of The Cherry Orchard: Stanislavskii or Chekhov?', pp. 21-44, Essays in Poetics, 30 1.
Beumers, B 2004, Nikita Mikhalkov: 1. KINO- Russian Film-makers' Companions, 1st edn, I.B. Tauris, London.
Beumers, B 2004, 'Pop Post-Sots: Mass Musicals in Russia' Slavic and East European Journal, vol 48, no. 3, pp. 378-395.
Beumers, B 2003, Nina Sadur. in M Balina, MJ Bruccoli & R Layman (eds), Dictionary of Literary Biographies, Russian Writers since 1980. vol. 285, Cengage Learning, pp. 268-276.
Beumers, B 2003, 'Soviet and Russian Blockbusters: A question of genre?' Slavic Review, vol 62, no. 3, pp. 441-454.
Beumers, B 2003, 'Playing with Gogol: Gogol’s texts on the post-Soviet stage', pp. 202-220, Essays in Poetics, 28 8.
Beumers, B 2003, Entries. in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acref/9780198601746.001.0001
Beumers, B 2002, 'Spinning the text: The play with infinity in contemporary Russian theatre' Modern Language Review, vol 97, no. 1, pp. 135-148.
Beumers, B 2001, Post-Revolutionary Theatre. in N Cornwell & N Christian (eds), The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature. Taylor & Francis, pp. 209-222.