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dr. B. (Boris) Noordenbos

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Humanities

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 717
Postal address
  • Postbus 1642
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    I am Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and affiliated to the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). My work focuses on culture’s engagements with the past, with a special interest in the former socialist world, and in particular Russia. 

    In my monograph  Post-Soviet Literature and the Search for a Russian Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) I analyze the ways in which recent Russian literature deals with vexed questions of national and cultural identity in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The book explores how Russian writers confront the country’s tumultuous recent history, and traces the advent of more patriotic conceptions of ‘Russianness’ in popular novels and stories of the Putin-era. 

    More recently, I have contributed to debates about nostalgia in the former socialist countries. In the volume Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Confronting the Empire’s Legacies (Routledge, 2019), co-edited with Ksenia Robbe and Otto Boele, I investigate political uses and abuses of nostalgic sentiments in popular culture. The volume also delves into less politicized forms of longing, that are rooted in local identities, or personal memories.

    My other research interests include conspiracy theories and their current, global momentum in the spheres of politics and culture. I have written, for instance, on the figure of the (Soviet) spy, and its reappearance in Russian popular culture of the 2010s. 

    As of 2020 I am the academic director of the international summer program The Politics of Suspicion (Graduate School of Social Sciences, UvA), which explores contemporary issues of conspiracy thinking, distrust and disinformation from a wide range of disciplinary angles.

  • Publications


    • Boele, O., Noordenbos, B., & Robbe, K. (2020). Introduction: The Many Practices of Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Affect, Appropriation, Contestation. In O. Boele, B. Noordenbos, & K. Robbe (Eds.), Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Confronting the Empire's Legacies (pp. 1-17). (Studies In Cultural History). New York: Routledge. [details]
    • Noordenbos, B. (2020). To Be Continued: Post-Soviet Nostalgia in Sergei Miroshnichenko’s Time-Lapse Documentary Series Born in the USSR. In O. Boele, B. Noordenbos, & K. Robbe (Eds.), Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Confronting the Empire’s Legacies (pp. 133-153). (Routledge Studies in Cultural History). New York: Routledge. [details]



    • Noordenbos, B. (2016). Post-Soviet Literature and the Search for a Russian Identity. (Studies in European Culture and History). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]
    • Noordenbos, B. (2016). Shocking Histories and Missing Memories: Trauma in Viktor Pelevin’s Čapaev i pustota. Russian Literature, 85, 43-68.


    • Noordenbos, B. (2018). [Review of: I. Lunde (2018) Language on Display: Writers, Fiction and Linguistic Culture in Post-Soviet Russia]. The Russian Review, 77(4), 654-655. [details]


    • Noordenbos, B. (2019). 'Where is Stierlitz When You Need Him?' Mythologizing the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict. In 'Having Served Excellent, Nobly': Festschrift for Sander Brouwer on the Occasion of his Retirement (pp. 139-153). (Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies; No. 33). Uitgeverij Pegasus.
    • Noordenbos, B. (2019). Fantasieën van een verloren thuis: Affect, retoriek en de politiek van nostalgie. Vooys, 37(1), 59-64.


    • Noordenbos, B. (2017). ASCA Book Award 2017.
    • Noordenbos, B. (2015). Keetje Hodshon Prijs voor Literatuurwetenschappen 2014.

    Journal editor

    • Noordenbos, B. (editor) & Boele, O. (editor) (2019). Uitgeverij Pegasus (Publisher).
    • Noordenbos, B. (editor), Boele, O. (editor) & Robbe, K. (editor) (2019). Routledge (Publisher).


    • Noordenbos, B. (host) (22-11-2019). Stef Craps (hosting a visitor).
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