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Leverhulme Trust Early Career FellowMichał Murawski

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

Room: Lindop House 2D
Tel: +447980207018
Email : m.murawski@qmul.ac.uk

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I am an anthropologist of architecture and of cities based at the Department of Russian, Queen Mary, University of London, where I am a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. Between 2014-2016, I was Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), University College London. My work focuses on the complex social lives of monumental buildings and on the architecture and planning of Eastern European communism. I am especially interested in the powerful - and subversive - impacts that communist-era built environments continue to exert on the capitalist cities of the 21st century. ​ I received my PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University in February 2014. My dissertation was about the Palace of Culture and Science, a vast Stalin-era skyscraper 'gifted' to Poland by the Soviet Union in 1955. I am currently working on a book about capitalist Warsaw's self-perceived 'obsession' with the Stalinist Palace, entitled Palace Complex, under contract with Indiana University Press. My Warsaw research has also resulted in several articles and book chapters, while my Polish-language book about the Palace was published by the Museum of Warsaw in July 2015. Besides this, I am getting started with a new project on the urbanism of Putin-era Moscow, and have also carried out research on the domestic lives of political dissidents living under house arrest.

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