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Dr Michal Murawski
16 Taviton Street
  • Lecturer in Critical Area Studies
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I am an anthropologist of architecture and of cities based at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where I am Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Critical Area Studies. During 2017-2018, I am carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in Moscow, where I am a Research Fellow at the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, Higher School of Economics. 

My work focuses on the complex social lives of monumental buildings and on the architecture and planning of Eastern European communism. I am especially interested in the powerful - and subversive - impacts that communist-era built environments continue to exert on the capitalist cities of the 21st century.  

I received my PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University in February 2014. My dissertation was about the Palace of Culture and Science, a vast Stalin-era skyscraper 'gifted' to Poland by the Soviet Union in 1955. I am currently working on a book about capitalist Warsaw's self-perceived 'obsession' with the Stalinist Palace, entitled Palace Complex, under contract with Indiana University Press. My Warsaw research has also resulted in several articles and book chapters, while my Polish-language book about the Palace was published by the Museum of Warsaw in July 2015.  I am currently conducting research for a project on the urbanism of Putin-era Moscow, and have also carried out research on the domestic lives of political dissidents living under house arrest.

01-JUL-2017 – 31-AUG-2018 Visiting Research Fellow Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation
01-SEP-2016 – 31-AUG-2018 Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Department of Russian Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2016 – 31-AUG-2018 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2013 – 01-OCT-2014 Affiliated Lecturer in Social Anthropology Department of Archaeology and Anthropology University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2008   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2006   Bachelor of Arts School of Oriental and African Studies
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