Mikhail Nakonechnyi
  • PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    00014

    Finland

20182023

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Curriculum vitae

Area of expertise

Comparative history of prison healthcare and medicine, the GULAG, the Russian Imperial prisons, mortality statistics in systems of judicial incarceration, bureaucratic manipulation of medical data, palliative care and disability in prisons

Education

Specialist (History), Pskov State University (2008)

Post-graduate student, St. Petersburg Institute of History (Russian Academy of Sciences) (2012-2016)

DPhil in history (PhD), University of Oxford (2020)

Thesis “Factory of invalids”: Mortality, disability, and early release on medical grounds in GULAG, 1930-1955.

Professional experience

2015-2016: Associate Researcher on the Carceral Archipelago Project (specialist on the Russian and Soviet penitentiary systems), Funded by the European Research Council (ERC), School of History, University of Leicester, the UK

2019-2023: Postdoctoral Researcher, GULAGECHOES in the “multicultural prison”: historical and geographical influences on the identity and politics of ethnic minority prisoners in the communist successor states of Russia and Europe; Funded by the European Research Council (ERC), Aleksanteri Institute, Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Publications

CHAPTERS (peer-reviewed):

1.“They Won’t Survive For Long”: Soviet officials on medical release procedure” In Rethinking the Gulag: Sources, Identities, Legacies, ed. Alan Barenberg and Emily D. Johnson (Indiana University Press, 2022), pp.181-197

2."The GULAG’s Dead Souls”: mortality of the released invalids in the camps, 1930-1955 in Political Police and the Soviet System: New Archival Investigations. ed. Michael David-Fox, Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies. Kritika Historical Studies. (University of Pittsburgh Press, accepted for publication, 2023)

 

ARTICLES (peer-reviewed)

 1.“The GULAG’s Dead Souls”: mortality of the released invalids in the camps, 1930-1955 in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (accepted for publication, forthcoming, Fall 2022)

2.The GULAG’s medical release - an insidious subterfuge to hide mortality or innocuous accounting technicality? An answer to Stephen Wheatcroft in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (accepted for publication, forthcoming, Fall 2022)

3. The devil is in the (statistical) details: Why does the quantitative history of Russian Civil War incarceration still matter in 2021? , Cahiers du monde russe, vol. 63, no. 1, 2022, pp. 205-222.

4.“Affirmative action” and terror behind barbed wire: ethnicity construction in the Soviet GULAG, 1930-1955 in Slavic Review (revise and resubmit, 2022)

5.Co-authored with Judith Pallot, Silences and omissions in reporting epidemics in Russian and Soviet Prisons, 1890-2021 in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (published by Oxford University Press) (revise and resubmit, 2022)

 

BOOK REVEIWS

Review of Golfo Alexopoulos. Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin’s GULAG. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017. 328 pp. in Laboratorium, 12(3) 2020:212–215.

BLOG POSTS

 “Archival Counterrevolution”: why are GULAG regional archives so important? (https://peripheralhistories.wixsite.com/mysiteok/blog/archival-counterrevolution-why-are-Gulag-regional-archives-so-important

Bamlag’s lingering shadow (https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/bamlags-lingering-shadow )

“The Veil of Secrecy”: How did the Soviet government quell epidemics in prisons? (https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/the-veil-of-secrecy-how-did-the-soviet-government-quell-epidemics)

Prisons and the cholera epidemic of 1892-1893: How the Russian Imperial penal system contained the outbreak (https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/prisons-and-the-cholera-epidemic-of-1892-1893-how-the-russian-imp )

Prisons and the typhus/typhoid epidemic of 1908-1910: How the Russian Imperial penal system contained the outbreak

(https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/prisons-and-the-typhustyphoid-epidemic-of-1908-1910-how-the-russi )

 

 

Selected conference presentations

July 2013: Prison mortality in the late Imperial Russia (1885-1915) and the Soviet Union (1930-1945) in global and national context; Hoover Institution Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes, Stanford University (The USA)

October 2014: Death rates of the Soviet GULAG; Colloquium on the History of Eastern Europe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

November 2015: Crime and Punishment in Russia since the Nineteenth Century; ASEEES, Philadelphia (The USA)

May 2017: “GULAG Forgotten Victims”: early release on medical grounds 1930-1953; Russia’s Long Century: Identity, Empire, and Nationhood conference, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (The UK)

November 2017: “Hidden GULAG Death Rates”: early release on medical grounds, 1930-1955; ASEEES, Chicago (The USA)

December 2017: “Death On The Way Home”: the experiences of GULAG invalids after early release, 1930-1955; 2nd International Conference for Carceral Geography, University of Birmingham (The UK)

February 2018: The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective; end of project conference, School of History, University of Leicester (The UK)

April 2018: Medical release and mortality statistics in the GULAG; European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Queen’s University (Northern Ireland, The UK)

January 2019: Oxford History and Social Science Workshop, University of Oxford (The UK)

April 2019: “They Won't Survive For Long”: Soviet officials on medical release procedure, BASEES, University of Cambridge (The UK)

April 2020: “Dead Souls”: Mortality, disability, and early release on medical grounds from the GULAG, 1930-1955; Political police and the Soviet system virtual conference (Jacques Rossi Memorial Fund for GULAG Research, Georgetown University (the USA)

August 2021: “Southerners in the Northern Camps”: The ethnic facet of GULAG morbidity and mortality registration in 1930-1955; Ethnic, Religious, and Cultural Tensions in the GULAG and Its Successors, ICCEES 10th World Congress (Montréal, Canada)

Invited speaker

May 2019:  “Dead Souls”: mortality, disability, and early release on medical grounds from the GULAG, 1930-1955; Seminar in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, the UK

June 2019: Oxford-Charles University Graduate Workshop in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology - Creative Cities: Knowledge of Nature and Networks of Science, University of Oxford, the UK

April 2022: Rethinking the GULAG: Sources, Identities, Legacies book launch, Columbia University (New York, the USA)

May 2022: New approaches to the issue of GULAG mortality, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des hautes études en sciences sociales; EHESS, Paris, France)

 

Impact activities

Invited expert and interviewee in the War Factories Documentary, episode 8 “Russia” (2019, Yesterday channel, UKTV, BBC Studios)

Language proficiency

Russian (native); English (near native speaking, reading, and very good writing)

Teaching experience

 

Tutored undergraduate students at the History Faculty, University of Oxford (Further Subject: The Soviet Union 1924-1941), 2019

 

 

Research interests

Area of expertise

Comparative history of penal medicine, the GULAG, the Russian imperial prisons, mortality statistics in prisons, ethnic relations in penal systems

Education/Academic qualification

History, Phd (DPhil in history), Oxford

1 Oct 201610 May 2020

Award Date: 10 May 2020

History, Specialist, Pskov State University

1 Jul 20031 Jun 2008

Award Date: 1 Jun 2008

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • 5201 Political History
  • Penal History
  • 5202 Economic and Social History
  • The GULAG
  • prison medicine

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.