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Elena Kochetkova

  • Elena Kochetkova has been at HSE University since 2012.

Education and Degrees

  • 2017

    PhD in Social Sciences
    University of Helsinki
    Thesis Title: “The Soviet Forestry Industry in the 1950s and 1960s : A Project of Modernization and Technology Transfer from Finland”

  • 2017

    PhD in Economic and Social History
    University of Helsinki, Social Sciences

  • 2013

    Doctoral programme in Russian History
    European University in St. Petersburg, History

  • 2012

    Master's in Russian History
    European University in St. Petersburg, History

  • 2010

    Degree
    O.V. Kuusinen Petrozavodsk State University

  • 2010

    Degree in Nordic History
    Petrozavodsk State University, History

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

Summer schools, training, and workshops 

04.2019            Teaching Development Program on Digital Humanities, Management Training Center, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg 

09.2018            The course "CERGE-EI Teaching Development Program: Teaching Principles and Practes", Charles University (Prague) and Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg

07.2016             International Summer School of ICOHTEC, Lisbon

09.2015            International Summer School the Tensions of Europe Summer School "Crises and Grand Challenges in European Past and Present", Stockholm

07.2015           International Summer School "Exploring Russia`s Environmental History and Natural Resources", Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Russia 

08.2014           International Summer SchoolSocial Network Analysis”, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg

06.-07.2014      International Summer School "Russian Culture in Baltic Nature", The Center for Environmental and Technological History, European University at Saint-Petersburg,  Center for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glazgow

04.2014           Munich Spring School Science, Environment, Infrastructure, and Technology“ History of Science in Central and Eastern Europe, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Munich 

09.2012           ESEH Summer School “Natural Resources: Historical Ideas, Exploration and Exploitation”, ESEH and Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. 

03.2012           Certificate, Methodological Workshop “Comparative Methodologies, Operationalisations and Specifics of European Studies Research”, Center for German and European Studies, Saint-Petersburg

10.2011  Training Course for PhDs “New Methods in the Humanities”, Sigtuna,

Sweden. 

10.2010           Certificate, Retraining on Academic English Communication. Center for German and European Studies, Saint-Petersburg 

Awards and Accomplishments

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers" (2015-2016)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Grants

Research projects:

 

 

2019-2021             Grant of Russian Science Foundation, Research Project “The Material World of Soviet People in the Cold War: Technological Innovations in Production and Representation of Mass Consumer Products”, project leader

 

2018-2019       Grant of the Russian Fund for Fundamental Research, Research Project “Industrial Innovations at the Karelia Peninsula in the 1940s-80s:  infrastructure and Resources”, project participant      

 

2016-2018           Grant of Russian Science Foundation "Natural resources in history of Russia: economic institutes, communities of experts and infrastructures", № 16-18-10255 (led by Julia Lajus), project participant

 

2011 – 2012          The Honours master programme (IRUN excellence programme) “European Political Identity”, the European Commission, the Radboud Honours Academy, the Netherlands, the European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Participant of the group project  

 

Prizes and personal grants:

 

2019-Prize for the best research on the history of socialism, international competition, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

2016-Archival grant of the European Society for Environmental History

2016-Dissertation Completion Grant, University of Helsinki

2015 - 2016-Individual research grant of the Academic Foundation of HSE, conducting research on technological innovations in the USSR (grant № 15-01-0056)

11.2012 – 12.2012-Fellowship of the Karen Johnson Freeze Foundation. 

10. 2012-Center for European Studies. European University at Saint-Petersburg. Research grant          

10.2011 – 12.2011-German Historical Institute in Moscow. Short-term grant for archival research

09.2011-Alumni Association of European University at Saint-Petersburg. Travel grant

09.2009 – 06.2010-Scholarship of the Government of the Russian Federation

2008 – 2010-Scholarship of Oxford Russian Fund 

Participation in conferences

12.2019-Muzeinoe delo, International Conference of the Polytekh Museum. Paper presented: “Technologies of Bread Making and the Problem of Abundance in the Soviet Union” (co-authored by Pavel Pokidko)

11.2019--Public talks on water pollution in the USSR at INALCO and forest resources in the USSR at CERCEC, Paris

10.2019--Organizer of the session "Socialist Design and Consumer Technologies during the Cold War", presenter of paper "Biography of Milk Packages in Socialism: Materiality of Consumption and Technological Innovations in the Soviet Union during the Cold War", meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Milano

08.2019--Biannual ESEH 2019 Conference, Tallinn University. Commentary for the session "Industry, science and the birth of environmental legislation in Europe"

06.2019--Tensions of Europe Conference, Luxembourg. Paper: “Automation, Forestry and Modernity in the USSR”

05.2019--Vse idet po planu? – Unwrapping the (un)planned Soviet economy, German Historical Institute in Moscow. Paper (co-author Pavel Pokid`ko): "Industrial Innovation in the Planned Economy – The Case of the Soviet Timber Industry, 1945-1991" 

03.2019--International conference "BALTIC CONNECTIONS: Conference in Social Science History". University of Helsinki. Paper: "Soviet Economic Development, Natural Resources, and Technology Transfer during the Cold War"

11.2018--International Forum for Young Scholars of Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Culture (second session), International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Paper: "Forest Power": Forest, Industry, and Modernization in the USSR, 1945-80s" (in Russian).

11.2018--International Conference "Soviet Encounters with West and East", International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Paper: "Displaying the Cold War: Finnish Trade and Industrial Fairs in the USSR, 1945-1964"

10.2018--18th Aleksanteri Conference, "Soviet Environment and Engineers, 1945-1980s: Views and Values"

09.2018--Public lecture in the Museum of Soviet Slot Machines, St. Petersburg, ""Red Technologies": The Problem of Innovations in the USSR, 1940s-1960s" 

06.2018--Lecture at the Faculty of History of EUSPb "From Capitalism to Socialism: Vectors of Modernization in Russia on the Example of the Karelian Isthmus" (co-authored by Pavel Pokid`ko)

01.2018--Lecture at the STS Center of EUSPb "Innovations in the Post-War USSR: Power, Engineers, and Resources" (co-authored by Pavel Pokid`ko)

09.2017--8th Tensions of Europe Conference, Athens, Greece, Paper: "Soviet Natural Resources and Technological Development, 1940s-1980s" (skype)

06.2017--Conference "Water, Culture, and Society in Global Historical Perspective", Ohio State University. Paper: "Struggling for Pure Water: Biological Water Treatment  in the USSR, 1950s-70s" (skype)

05.2017--Workshop "Technology, natural resources and crises in the past and present of Europe and beyond", Aarhus University. Paper: "Soviet Natural Resources and Technological Development, 1940s-1980s"

04.2017--International Conference "Commanding the Environment or Green Dictatorships? Nature-Culture – Nature-Society Relationships in Authoritarian Regimes", Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki. Paper presented: "Water as Sacrifice? Industrial Water Treatment and Engineers in the USSR, 1940s-1960s"

12.2016--Collogium,  Faculty of Sciences, University of Aarhus. Paper presented: "Rivers as Sacrifice? Pulp Production and Water Pollution in the Soviet Union, 1940s-1960s" 

10.2016--International workshop "Technology, natural resources and crises in the past and present of Europe and beyond", Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg. Paper presented: "Natural resources in the Soviet Union, 1940s-1980s: between devastation and protection"   

09.2016--International workshop "Resources and Economies of Knowledge in Anthropocene", Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Paper presented: "Natural Resources in the Soviet Union, 1940s-1980s: between Devastation and Protection" 

08.2016--Public lecture "The Saimaa Canal and Finnish-Soviet Relations in 1960s-1980s", The State Museum "Vyborsky Castle" (in Russian)

07.2016--43rd ICOHTEC Annual Meeting, Porto, Portugal. Paper presented: "Recycling and soviet forestry Industry, 1950s-1960s"

05.2016--The Graduate Conference "BRICS Societies in a Multi-Polar World", commentary on the panel "BRICS Corporate Sector: Useful Comparisons"

04.2016--International conference "Not just Chernobyl. The Ecological Dimension of the History of Communism", The Center of Science of the Polish Academy of Science, Poznan. Paper presented: "Soviet Environmental Politics in the 1950s–60s and the Cold War"

11.2015--International conference Natural Resources, Landscape and Climate in History of Russia and Neighbouring Countries”. National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg. Paper presented: " Forests, timber and wood wastes in the Soviet Union, 1950s-1960s"

11.2015--15th Annual Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki. Paper presented: "Soviet Engineers, Finland, and the Iron Curtain, 1955-1964"

10.2015--International Conference “Resistance, Protest and Criticism in the Name of Nature: USSR and Post-Soviet States, 1950-2010”, EcoGlobReg, German Historical Institute in Moscow, and Franco-Russian Center, Moscow. Paper presented: “Between Pollution and Protection in the Soviet Context: the Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Factory in the mid-1950s-1960s”

09.2015--7th Tensions of Europe Conference "Technology and Environment". Papers presented: "Technological change and Soviet environmental policy in the mid-1950s - 1960s" and (co-authored by Julia Lajus) "Soviet technological aid and environment in Africa in the late Cold War"

08.2015--XVIIth World Economic History Congress “Diversity in Development”. Paper presented: “Finnish-Soviet trade in the 1950s-60s: interests and tools of Cold War actors”

06.-07.2015--8th Conference of the European Society of Environmental History. Paper presented: “Between Pollution and Protection in the Soviet Context: the Soviet Environmental Policy in the mid-1950s - 1960s”

06.2015--Interdisciplinary research seminar “Historical Models and Modern Economy”, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg. Paper presented “Modernization of Soviet Forestry as a Large Technical System, the mid-1950s-1960s”

05.2015--International conference "Waterscapes and Historic Canals as Cultural Heritage". Paper presented: “A Sign of Good Neighborhood”: The Saimaa Canal in the Soviet-Finnish Relations”, the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari 

03.2015--Conference "Close Encounters: East and West in Cold War Interactions and Imagination", University of Amsterdam. Paper presented: "Soviet-Finnish technological cooperation, 1955-1964: Engineers and the Iron Curtain"

02.2015--Seminar of young researchers of economic history, Finnish Economic History Association (in Finnish)

12.2014--First Annual Conference of the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change. Paper presented:"Technological Change, Innovations and Technology Transfer: The Case of Soviet Pulp and Paper Industry in the late 1940s – 1950s"

11.2014--Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology. Dearborn, USA. Paper presented: "Overcoming the Reverse Salients: The Soviet Forestry Modernization and Technology Transfer in the mid-1940s–1960s"

10.2014--Tensions of Europe, Technology and Democracy: Quo Vadis?, interdisciplinary research seminar held by Tensions of Europe and the University of Capodistria, Chios, Greece. Paper presented: "Soviet Forestry, Modernization and Technology Transfer in 1955-1964"

07-08.2014--The 41st ICOHTEC Symposium, Technology in Time and Transition, Brasov, Romania. Paper presented: “The Soviet Forestry in 1953 ‐ 1964: Transfer and Implementation of Western Technologies”

07.2014--The Second world congress of Environmental History, Guimarães, Portugal. Paper presented: “Between Pollution and Protection in the Soviet Context: The Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Factory in Mid-1950s – 1960s”

04.2014--XV Апрельская конференция "Модернизация экономики и общества", НИУ - Высшая школа экономики, Москва. Доклад: "Советская модернизация и технологический трансфер в 1953-1964 гг.: Случай целлюлозно-бумажной промышленности"

03.2014--Открытый семинар Германского исторического института в Москве, Россия. Доклад: "Модернизация советской лесной отрасли и трансфер технологий"

10.2013--Capitalism, State and Society Research group, research seminar, University of Helsinki. Paper presented: “Technologies though the Border: Finnish Technologies in the Soviet Forestry in 1950s – 1960s”. 

09.2013--11th Annual T2M Conference, Kuovola, Finalnd, Saint-Petersburg,  Russia . Paper presented: “Technology Transfer through “the Iron Curtain”: the Case of the Finnish-Soviet Border Region in 1950s – 1960s” 

09.2013--Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 20th Century, Sorbonne, France. Paper presented: “What and Whom Can Technology Transfer Change: Western Technologies in the Soviet Modernization in 1950s – 1960s” 

08.2013--ESEH 2013 biennial conference ‘Circulating Natures: Water-Food-Energy’, The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Paper presented: “The Soviet Forestry in 1953–1964: Technologies, experts and resources”

06.2013--International conference "Project of Modernity", Perm State National Researh University. Paper presented: "Western Factors in Soviet modernization: Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Plant, the 1950s-1960s" (in Russian)  

01.2013--Relocating Borders: a comparative approach, Humboldt University, Berlin. Paper presented: “How technologies cross the border  Soviet-Finnish forestry cooperation in the near-border area in  1953 – 1964”

11.2012--Aleksanteri 12th Conference, Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki, Finland. Paper presented: “East – West Competition and Forestry Cooperation in 1953 – 1964”. 

10.2012--Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology. Copenhagen, Denmark.  Paper presented"The Soviet Forestry  in  1953 – 1964: Transfer and  Implementation of Western Technologies"

05.2012--Third Interdisciplinary Workshop “Culture, Society and Memory: The Challenges of Historical and Sociological Research on Russia, Germany and the US”, the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Germany. Paper presented: “The Soviet Timber Industry in 1953 – 1964: Technology Transfer”. 

02.2012-First Princeton Young Scholar`s Interdisciplinary Conference on Soviet Science and Technology “The Great Experiment Revisited”, Princeton, the USA. Paper presented: “Technology Transfer to the Soviet Forestry in 1953 – 1964” 

Publications

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Article Кочеткова Е. А. Национальная политика в Советском государстве в 1920-х–1930-х гг.: случай финнов-иммигрантов в Карелии // Вестник Ленинградского государственного университета имени А.С. Пушкина. Серия: История. 2011. № 1. С. 48-62.

Employment history

October 2019 - teaching a short course on Cold War science, technology, and economi history, faculty of history and ethnology, University of Jyväskylä 

Organizational Experience

09.2018-07. 2019 - Member of the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium ICOHTEC (Katowice, July 2019)

10.2018-06.2019 - Member of the Organizing Committee of the Summer School “Towards Digital Science and Technology Studies: Challenges and Opportunities” (Luxemburg, June 2019)

09.2017 - Member of the Organizing Committee of the Summer School "Borders and Crises in European Past and Present - angles from the history of technology", Athens (the Capodistrian University and Tensions of Europe Network)

10.2016 - Organizer of the international workshop "Technology, natural resources and crises in the past and present of Europe and beyond", National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg (in the partnership with the Tensions of Europe and the University of Aarhus)

06-09.2015  Member of the Organizing Committee of the Tensions of Europe Summer School, Stockholm

05-06.2015  Coordinator of Interdisciplinary research seminar "Historical Models and Modern Economy", National Research University Higher School of Economics

01-04.2015  Member of the Organizing Committee, the 8h Annual Conference “Constructing the “Soviet?”: Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities, European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia

02.-04.2014 Member of the Organizing Committee, the 8h Annual Conference “Constructing the “Soviet?”: Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities, European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia

02.-03.2014 Participating in organization of the conference “A Usable Past: New Trends in Applied and Interdisciplinary History”, Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

01.-04.2013 Member of the Organizing Committee, the 7h Annual Conference “Constructing the “Soviet?”: Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities, European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia

08.2012  Participating in organization of the ESEH Summer School “Natural Resources: Historical Ideas, Exploration and Exploitation”, Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

08.-09.2012 Organization of the Round Table “Circulation of Knowledge in the Divided World: Confrontation, Attraction, Cooperation”, Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

02.-04.2012 Member of the Organizing Committee, the 6th Annual Conference “Constructing the “Soviet?”: Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities”, European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia 

Languages

                                               English – proficient

                                               Finnish – proficient

                                               Swedish – functional

                                               German  – basic

In mass media

Необходимость преодоления технической отсталости - 

http://forest-karelia.ru/?id=1168

 

Сайменский канал - символ добрососедства// Газета Выборг

http://www.gazetavyborg.ru/article.php?table=events&item=35604747&album=null


 


Membership in Professional Organizations

2011-Present European Society for Environmental History

2012-Present Society for History of Technology

2012-Present Tensions of Europe 

02.2015 – Present  Member of the Management Committee of the Tensions of Europe of the Foundation for the History of Technology

2018-2019 Member of the Next Generation Group of the ESEH  (NEXTGATe).

2018-2019 Member of the Dissertation Committee for ESEH

2019-2021 Secretary of the European Society for Environmental History

 

 

Timetable for today

Full timetable

Researchers of the Laboratory participate in the SHOT Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) has been held in Milano and was co-organized by the SHOT and the National Museum of Science and Technology named after Leonardo da Vinci.

Elena Kochetkova is elected the Secretary of the European Society for Environmental History

HSE Researchers Receive Grants in Russian Science Foundation Competitions

The Russian Science Foundation announced the results of its 2019 competitions for support from the Presidential Research Project Programme. One competition was for grants in support of research initiatives by early career researchers, and another was in support of research conducted by research groups headed by early career scholars.

When the Milk Canister Went Out of Style

The History of Paper Milk Packaging in the USSR

Elena Kochetkova received an award of Estonian Institute of Historical Memory 

Senior lecturer of the department of history and research fellow of the LETH Elena Kochetkova was awarded a prize for the best research of socialism. Senior lecturer of the department of history and research fellow of the LETH Elena Kochetkova was awarded with a prize for the best research of socialism. 

Elena Kochetkova Receives an Award of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

Elena Kochetkova, Senior Lecturer at the Department of History and a Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History, has received a prize for the best research on socialism awarded by the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory. Researchers from 13 countries participated in the competition.

Papers on Soviet Environmental History during the Cold War at the Aleksanteri Conference.

Elena Kochetkova, senior lecturer of the department of history and reearch fellow of the LETH, and Viktor Pál, postdoctoral researcher of the LEHT, took part in the 18th Aleksanteri Conference of the University of Helsinki held in October, 24-26.

New Articles on behalf the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History!

Environment and History, a leading journal in the field of environmental history has published an article co-authored by Viktor Pal, post-doc of the Laboratory, Elena Kochetkova, research fellow of the Laboratory, and other scholars. The article presents a program of action of recently established group of early career scholars of environmental history initiated by the European Society for Environmental History (Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe)). Viktor heads the group, and Elena is its member. The group aims at supporting scholars with emerging careers.

Technology Historians from HSE St. Petersburg Take Part in International Network Projects

In July, an international network project involving the Centre for Historical Research Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History was granted the support of two international research funds.Julia Lajus, Head of the Laboratory, told HSE News Service what environmental and technology history is all about, and what role HSE researchers play in the Tensions of Europe international research network.

Season's Greetings from Alexander Semyonov, Chair of the Department of History

Elena Kochetkova has successfully defended her PhD in history

On May 27 Elena Kochetkova, senior lecturer of the department of history and research fellow of the Laboratory for Environmental and Techological History, Center for Historical Research has defended successfully her Phd thesis "The Soviet Forestry Industry in the 1950s and 1960s : A Project of Modernization and Technology Transfer from Finland". The defense took place at the faculty of social sciences of the University of Helsinki.

 Meeting on water resources

On March 2, 2017 the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History of HSE – St. Petersburg hosted a group of employees and students of the School of Management of the Radboud University of Nijmegen. 

Elena Kochetkova at 17th World Economic History Congress

On August 3rd-7th 2015, Elena Kochetkova, Senior Lecturer at the Department of History took part in the 17th World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan.

17th World Economic History Congress

On August 3rd-7th 2015, Elena Kochetkova, Senior Lecturer at the Department of History took part in the 17th World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan.

European Society for Environmental History Conference

From June 30 – July 3, 2015, Julia Lajus, Alexandra Bekasova, Marina Loskutova, Margarita Dadykina, and Elena Kochetkova, researchers from the Department of History and Center of Historical Studies, took part in the 8th Conference of the European Society for Environmental History. The event took place at University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France.

Interdisciplinary Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Elena Kochetkova, researcher at the Department of History and the Centre for Historical Research, took part in a ‘Transplanting Modernity’ workshop, which took place from June 22-24, 2015, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

HSE St. Petersburg and University of Jyväskylä to Launch International Mobility Cooperation

The Department of History at the Higher School of Economics – St. Petersburg and the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) will begin student and teacher international mobility cooperation for the 2015/2016 academic year.