College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Gwyn Bourlakov

Graduate Student
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3639


Summary

Research interests include Medieval & Early Modern Russian History, Russian Empire, Siberian History, Gender and Empire, Military Revolution in Russian & Eastern Europe, History of Prisons, Medieval Women, Material Culture Studies, Medieval & Ottoman Balkans, and Manuscript Studies (Slavonic Manuscripts – Paleography)..

Advised by Eve Levin and Erik Scott.

Biography

Gwyn Bourlakov is a PhD student in the KU Department of History, having previously earned a B.A. in History from Sterling College (1989) and an M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from KU (1992). Some of Bourlakov’s research interests include Medieval & Early Modern Russian History, Russian Empire, Siberian History, Gender and Empire, Military Revolution in Russian & Eastern Europe, History of Prisons, Medieval Women, Material Culture Studies, Medieval & Ottoman Balkans, and Manuscript Studies (Slavonic Manuscripts – Paleography).

She is primarily interested in the settlement of Western Siberia from the late sixteenth century to the end of the eighteenth century and how the lives of women influenced the simultaneous process of state and empire building on the frontier of the Russian Empire. In general terms, she studies the ways in which gender and empire intersect in the study of Russian imperial expansion.

Bourlakov’s current project is an examination of how provincial governments in Western Siberia dealt with criminalized immoral behavior of its inhabitants in 1740-1741. She is using the settlement town of Turinsk, in the province of Tobol'sk, as a case study to uncover the lives of men and women who faced charges of 'unlawful cohabitation' in a place of exile.  She plans to use this research for a chapter in a dissertation about the role of women in the settlement of Western Siberia.

 


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