Yulia Karpova (MA 2009, PhD 2015) is a historian of Soviet and European art and design. In 2016-2018 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark. Later she worked as a visiting lecturer at CEU and as an assistant archivist at Open Society Archives. Her book, Comradely Objects: Design and Material Cculture in Soviet Russia, 1960s–80s, was published by Manchester University Press in 2020.
Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Together with art historian Kristian Handberg, she is pursuing a research project 'Exhibiting Across the Iron Curtain: The forgotten trail of Danish artists exhibiting in the context of state socialism, ca. 1955-1985'. The project was made possible by the Novo Nordisk Investigator Grant in Art History.
"It will be not an exaggeration to say that CEU means a lot for who I became as a scholar, a thinker and a person. I spent my 20s there as a graduate student and a lecturer, learning to be flexible in my approach to research subjects but firm in my ethical stance, meeting many colleagues and dear friends, who mean a lot to be in my current professional and personal journey."