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.



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.


Bleep and ***: Speechless ProtestBeumers, B. 2017 Cultural Forms of Protest in Russia. Beumers, B., Etkind, A., Gurova, O. & Turoma, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 160-179 (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series)
Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian ArkBeumers, B. 2016 Intellect. 112 p. (KinoSputniks)
Les anniversaires de la victoire: les reflets de la Grande guerre patriotique à l’écran entre 2005 et 2015.Beumers, B. 2016 Le cinéma russe contemporain, (r)évolutions. Zvonkine, E. (ed.). Armand Colin
The road to nowhere? Destinations in recent Russian cinemaBeumers, B. 2016 Eurasia 2.0: Post-Soviet Geopolitics and New Media. Bassin, M. & Suslov, M. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield, p. 25-40 (Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Politics)
Special/spatial effects in Soviet cinemaBeumers, B. 2016 Russian Aviation, Space Flight and Visual Culture. Strukov, V. & Goscilo, H. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 169-188 (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series)
A Companion to Russian CinemaBeumers, B. (ed.) 2016 Wiley. 656 p. (Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas)
Capital Images: Moscow on ScreenBeumers, B. 2016 A Companion to Russian Cinema. Beumers, B. (ed.). Wiley, p. 452-474 (Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas)
Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2Beumers, B. (ed.) 2015 Bristol, Chicago: Intellect. 360 p.
"To Catch Up and Overtake Disney?". Soviet and Post-Soviet Fairy-Tale FilmsBeumers, B. & Balina, M. 2015 Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives. Zipes, J., Greenhill, P. & Magnus-Johnston, K. (eds.). New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 124-138
World Film Locations: MoscowBeumers, B. (ed.) 2014 Bristol: Intellect. 128 p. (Intellect Books - World Film Locations)
A "Hero of our Time": The Gastarbeiter in Recent Russian CinemaBeumers, B. 2014 In : Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie.70, 1, p. 161-178
Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural HistoriesBeumers, B. (ed.), Rouland, M. (ed.) & Abikeyeva, G. (ed.) 2013 London: I.B. Tauris. 272 p. (KINO: The Russian Cinema Series)
Growing Up in Central Asian CinemaBeumers, B. 2013 Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories. Rouland, M., Abikeyeva, G. & Beumers, B. (eds.). London: I.B. Tauris, p. 187-19812 p. (KINO: The Russian Cinema Series)
Russia's New Fin de Siècle: Contemporary Culture Between Past and PresentBeumers, B. (ed.) 2013 Chicago: Intellect. 254 p.
The Place of Action must not be Changed: Aleksei Balabanov’s St PetersburgBeumers, B. 2013 Russia’s New Fin de Siècle. Beumers, B. (ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 231-24313 p.
Iurii Arabov et le theme de la spiritualitéBeumers, B. 2013 CinemAction: Le cinéma russe, de la perestroika a nos jours. Poirson-Dechonne, M. (ed.). Paris, Vol. 148, p. 117-123
Russian CinemaBeumers, B. 2013 Oxford University Press. (Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies)
National Identities through Visions of the Past: Contemporary Russian CinemaBeumers, B. 2012 Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities. Bassin, M. & Kelly, C. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 120-15334 p.
Globalisation, Freedom and the Media after Communism: The Past as FutureBeumers, B. (ed.), Hutchings, S. (ed.) & Rulyova, N. (ed.) 2012 Reprint ed.Taylor & Francis. 176 p.
The Serialization of Culture or the Culture of SerializationBeumers, B. 2011 The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals. Beumers, B., Hutchings, S. & Rulyova, N. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 159-17719 p.
Drama and TheatreBeumers, B. 2011 Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. Dobrenko, E. & Balina, M. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 215-23420 p. 12. (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
And the Ark Sails on...Beumers, B. 2011 The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov. Beumers, B. & Condee, N. (eds.). I.B. Tauris
The Cinema of Alexander SokurovBeumers, B. (ed.) & Condee, N. (ed.) 2011 I.B. Tauris. 262 p.
Rossiiskaia mul’tiplikatsiia 2009g. Vzliad iz-za rubezhaBeumers, B. 2011 Khroniki kinoprotsessa 2009.p. 88-10518 p.
The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting SignalsBeumers, B. (ed.), Hutchings, S. (ed.) & Rulyova, N. (ed.) 2011 Taylor & Francis. 264 p. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)
Stage(d) TerrorBeumers, B. 2010 Just Assassins: The Culture of Terrorism in Russia. Anemone, A. (ed.). Northwestern University Press, p. 277-29620 p.
Directory of World Cinema: RussiaBeumers, B. 2010 Intellect. 350 p.
The Performance of Life: Documentary Theater and FilmBeumers, B. & Lipovetsky, M. 2010 In : Russian Review.69, 4, p. 615-637
Nostalgic Journeys in Post-Soviet Cinema: Towards a Lost Home?Beumers, B. 2010 European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe. Berghahn, D. & Sternberg, C. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 96-11318 p.
Die Blume im Staub. Das Zeit-Bild in Rustam Chamdamovs Anna Karamazoff: Das Zeit-Bild in Rustam Chamdamovs Anna KaramazoffBeumers, B. 2010 Das Zeit-Bild im osteuropäischen Film nach 1945. Murašov, J. & Drubek-Meyer, N. (eds.). Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau, p. 225-24319 p.
‘Bog–eto krov’: Teatr i kinematograf Ivana VyrypaevaBeumers, B. & Lipovetsky, M. 2010 In : Киноведческие записки.96, p. 210-224
Aleksandr Shiryaev: Popravka k istorii animatsiiBeumers, B. 2010 In : Киноведческие записки.94/95, p. 340-361
The Mikhalkov Brothers' View of RussiaBeumers, B. 2009 Russian and Soviet Film Adaptations of Literature, 1900-2001: Screening the Word. Hutchings, S. & Vernitskaia, A. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 101-12718 p. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)
The Peculiarities of Russian National Cinema in the Rogozhkin PeriodBeumers, B. 2009 Uncensored? : Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia. Mesropova, O. & Graham, S. (eds.). Slavica Publishers, p. 117-13216 p.
A History of Russian CinemaBeumers, B. 2009 Bloomsbury Publishing. 320 p.
Performing violence: Literary and theatrical experiments of new Russian dramaBeumers, B. & Lipovetsky, M. 2009 Intellect. 315 p.
Alexander Shiryaev: Master of MovementBeumers, B. (ed.), Bocharov, V. (ed.) & Robinson, D. (ed.) 2009 Le Giornate del cinema muto. 175 p.
Transforming Animation HistoryBeumers, B. 2009 Alexander Shiryaev: Master of Movement.Le Giornate del cinema muto, p. 37-5216 p.
Real images: in memory of Josephine Woll: The Mitten, by Roman KachanovBeumers, B. 2009 Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, 3, 1, p. 87-88
Through the other lens?: Russians on the global screenBeumers, B. 2008 Russia and its other(s) on film: Screening intercultural dialogue,. Hutchings, S. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 166-18318 p. (Studies in Central and Eastern Europe)
Killers and Gangsters: The Heroes of Russian Blockbusters of the Putin EraBeumers, B. 2008 Media, Culture and Society in Putin's Russia . White, S. (ed.). UK ed.Springer Nature, p. 204- 22421 p. (Studies in Central and Eastern Europe)
Travma – performans – identichnost'.: Intimnyi teatr Evgeniia GrishkovtsaBeumers, B. & Lipovetskii, M. 2008 SSSR –territoriia liubvi. Borisova, N., Bogdanov, K. & Murashov, L. (eds.). Moscow: Novoe izdatel'stvo, p. 234-26734 p.
MasianiaBeumers, B. 2008 Veselye chelovechki: Funny Figures. Kukulin, I., Lipovetskii, M. & Maiofis, M. (eds.). New Literary Observer, p. 507-52418 p.
Reality Performance: Documentary Trends in Post-Soviet Russian TheatreBeumers, B. & Lipovetsky, M. 2008 In : Contemporary Theatre Review.18, 3, p. 293-306
Comforting Creatures in Children’s CartoonsBeumers, B. 2007 Reading Russian and Soviet Children’s Culture. Balina, M. & Rudova, L. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 153-17119 p.
The Cinema of Russia and the former Soviet Union (24 Frames)Beumers, B. (ed.) 2007 London: Columbia University Press. 288 p.
EntriesBeumers, B. 2006 Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture. Smorodinskaya, T., Evans-Romaine, K. & Goscilo, H. (eds.). Taylor & Francis
Pop Culture Russia!: Media, Arts and LifestyleBeumers, B. 2005 Santa Barbara (CA): Greenwood Publishing Group. 399 p. (Popular Culture in the Contemporary World)
Yuri LyubimovBeumers, B. 2005 Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Mitter, S. & Shevtsova, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 81-86
Eimuntas NekrosiusBeumers, B. 2005 Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Mitter, S. & Shevtsova, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 227-231
Anatoli VasilievBeumers, B. 2005 Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Mitter, S. & Shevtsova, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 190-195
The Chopping of The Cherry Orchard: Stanislavskii or Chekhov?Beumers, B. 2005 Essays in Poetics, 30, 1, p. 21-44
Nikita Mikhalkov: 1Beumers, B. 2004 1st ed. London: I.B. Tauris. 168 p. (KINO- Russian Film-makers' Companions)
Pop Post-Sots: Mass Musicals in RussiaBeumers, B. 2004 In : Slavic and East European Journal.48, 3, p. 378-395
Nina SadurBeumers, B. 2003 Dictionary of Literary Biographies, Russian Writers since 1980. Balina, M., Bruccoli, M. J. & Layman, R. (eds.). Cengage Learning, Vol. 285, p. 268-2769 p.
Soviet and Russian Blockbusters: A question of genre?Beumers, B. 2003 In : Slavic Review.62, 3, p. 441-454
Playing with Gogol: Gogol’s texts on the post-Soviet stageBeumers, B. 2003 Essays in Poetics, 28, 8, p. 202-220
EntriesBeumers, B. 2003 The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.Oxford University Press
Spinning the text: The play with infinity in contemporary Russian theatreBeumers, B. 2002 In : Modern Language Review.97, 1, p. 135-148
The “blue” stage: Homosexuality in Russian theatre and drama of the 1990sBeumers, B. 2001 Gender and Sexuality in Russian Civilisation. Barta, P. I. (ed.). 1st ed.Taylor & Francis, p. 295-30915 p. (Routledge Harwood Studies in Russian and European Literature)
Burnt by the SunBeumers, B. 2001 Re-issue ed.I.B. Tauris. 96 p. (KINOfiles Film Companion)
Post-Revolutionary TheatreBeumers, B. 2001 The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature. Cornwell, N. & Christian, N. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 209-222
EntriesBeumers, B. 2000 International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers.St James’s House, Vol. 4
EntriesBeumers, B. 2000 BFI Companion to Eastern European and Russian Cinema. Taylor, R., Wood, N., Graffy, J. & Iordanova, D. (eds.). London: BFI Publishing
Father Frost on 31 December: Christmas and New Year in Soviet and Russian CinemaBeumers, B. 2000 Christmas in the Movies. London: I.B. Tauris, p. 185-20925 p.
Mikhalkov: The Barber of SiberiaBeumers, B. 2000 European Cinema. Street, S. & Forbes, J. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 195-20612 p.
Eisenstein: The Battleship PotemkinBeumers, B. 2000 European Cinema: An Introduction. Street, S. & Forbes, J. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 53-64
Myth-making and myth-taking: Lost Ideals and the War in Contemporary Russian CinemaBeumers, B. 2000 In : Canadian Slavonic Papers.42, 1-2, p. 171-189
Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet CinemaBeumers, B. (ed.) 1999 First ed.I.B. Tauris. 256 p. (KINO: The Russian Cinema Series)
To Moscow! To Moscow? The Russian Hero and the Loss of the CentreBeumers, B. 1999 Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. Beumers, B. (ed.). I.B. Tauris, p. 76-87 (KINO: The Russian Cinema Series)
IntroductionBeumers, B. 1999 Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. Beumers, B. (ed.). I.B. Tauris, p. 1-11 (KINO: The Russian Cinema Series)
The “thaw” and after, 1953-1986Beumers, B. 1999 A History of Russian Theatre. Leach, R. & Borovsky, V. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 358-381
Cinemarket, or the Russian Film Industry in “Mission Possible”Beumers, B. 1999 In : Europe-Asia Studies.51, 5, p. 871-896
Performing Culture: TheatreBeumers, B. 1998 Russian Cultural Studies: An Introduction. Kelly, C. & Shepherd, D. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 91-108
Post-Revolutionary Russian TheatreBeumers, B. 1998 Reference Guide to Russian Literature. Cornwell, N. & Christian, N. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 45-49
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 SunBeumers, B. 1998 Memory, History and Critique. European Identity at the Millennium: Proceedings of the 6th International ISSEI Conference at the University for Humanist Studies. Brinkhuis, F. & Talmor, S. (eds.). International Society for the Study of European Ideas
EntriesBeumers, B. 1998 Entsiklopediia kino. Moscow
La politique contre l'art à la TagankaBeumers, B. 1997 Lioubimov: La Taganka. Picon-Vallin, B. (ed.). Paris: CNRS Éditions, Vol. 20, p. 63-95 (Les Voies de la création théâtrale)
Le vivant: Thème paysan et spectacle-mytheBeumers, B. 1997 Lioubimov: La Taganka. Picon-Vallin, B. (ed.). Paris: CNRS Éditions, Vol. 20, p. 265-291 (Les Voies de la création théâtrale)
Yury Lyubimov at the Taganka Theatre 1964-1994Beumers, B. 1997 Taylor & Francis.
Commercial Enterprise on the Stage: Changes in Russian Theatre Management between 1986 and 1996Beumers, B. 1996 In : Europe-Asia Studies.48, 8, p. 1403-1416