Irina Redkina

Universität Hamburg
DFG Research Training Group 2725
Welckerstraße 8
20354 Hamburg

Room: 5.18

+49 (0)40 42 838 5362

Irina Redkina received a master’s degree in sociology and social anthropology at Central European University (Budapest) with a focus on urban change and uneven globalization. Her master’s thesis was on young women with small-scale businesses who, after the dissolution of the USSR, became pioneers of gentrification in a coal-mining city in southwestern Siberia. Irina has been a doctoral researcher at Universität Hamburg since 2022. Her research topics include city planning of new towns in the 20th century, the urban legacy of state socialism, and the social life of industrial cities. Her particular interest is the influence of urban fabric and spatial politics on social behaviour and everyday practice. She works with the legacy of material structures of modernist cities built in the 20th century as flagships of modernity and symbols of the future, and she has researched post-socialist industrial towns. Built in the late 1960s, the central Indian town Bokaro Steel City is the case study for her PhD research and, as the last planned city of India, is an exceptionally intriguing example of modernist urban planning. Previously she worked at the Research Center for Cultures, Politics, and Identities (IPAK.Center, Belgrade) and the Center of Independent Social Research (CISR, Saint Petersburg). She is currently a guest editor of an upcoming special issue of Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies. She also works as a translator.

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