Hannah Parker

Title: Voices of the New Soviet Woman: Gender, Emancipation and Agency in Letters to the Soviet State, 1924-1941.
Period: Post 1800
Funded by: AHRC Studentship
Start Year: 2013
Email: H.E.Parker@sheffield.ac.uk

Primary: Dr Miriam Dobson | Secondary: Professor Mary Vincent

Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Thursdays 14:00-15:00 (Jessop West 2.01a)


Academic background

  • M.A. Twentieth Century History (Distinction), University of Liverpool, 2012
  • B.A. (Hons.) Modern History and Politics (First Class), University of Liverpool, 2011

Research topic

My research examines the way 'Bolshevik' language used by women in the Soviet Union in their letters to authorities, to comprehend how they understood the 'New Soviet Woman' in the twenties and thirties.

The thesis addresses 'generation' as an analytical framework, upon which discussions of emotions, rights and relationships are examined to understand which aspects of life women felt appropriate for a Soviet woman to share with authorities, and how they navigated the discourse that determined this.

More broadly, my research interests include most aspects of Russian and Soviet history, particularly social and emotional histories of gendered or marginalised groups in the revolutionary and early Soviet period.


Journal articles & blogs

Conference papers

  • '"We have in the village many of these young girls, who lost themselves aged seventeen": Sex, betrayal and emotional maturity in the new Soviet State', Writing the History of Youth in the Modern World, 1800 to the present, University of Sheffield, May 2017
  • '"Down with Kitchen Slavery?": Tales of Domestic Unhappiness in Women’s Letters to the Soviet State, 1921-1941', 8th Biennial AWSS Conference: Roots and Legacies of Revolution, Alexandria VA, April 2017
  • 'Identity and Agency in Soviet Women's Letters to the State, 1927-1941' PGR Showcase, University of Sheffield, June 2014
  • 'Unhappy Emotions in the Letters of Women to the Soviet State, 1920-1941' Women and Communism, University of Sheffield, December 2014
  • 'Women, Emancipation and the Liquidation of Illiteracy in the Soviet 1920s and 1930s' The Language of Authoritarian Regimes, University of Sheffield, February 2016
  • '"Down with Kitchen Slavery?": Tales of Domestic Unhappiness in Women's Letters to the Soviet State, 1921-1941', Historical Perspectives: Hidden Histories and Untold Stories, University of Edinburgh, June 2016
  • '"The Non-contemporaneity of the Contemporaneous": Generational Cohorts among Women in the Early Soviet Union (1924-1941), HistFest, Lancaster University, June 2016
  • 'New Approaches to the Family in the Soviet State', Sheffield Modern International History Group, University of Sheffield, June 2016
  • 'Memories of October in Women's Letters to the Soviet State', Russian Revolution Study Group Centenery Conference, Northumbria University, January 2017
Public Engagement

Public engagement activities 

  • Sheffield Modern International History Group seminar programme, 2016-2018.
  • DiscoverUS:
    • Session Leader for post-16 Discover Summer School: Years Twelve and Thirteen;
    • Session Leader for Discover History and Archaeology: Year Twelve;
    • Session Leader for Discover US Subject Taster Session: Years Ten and Eleven.