Dr Elizabeth Waters

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I was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Birmingham, and at Moscow State University where I spent two academic years on a British Council scholarship. In 1985, I received a PhD in Russian History for a dissertation on everyday life in Soviet Russia in the 1920s.

I taught European history at the Australian National University from 1985 to 1993. Before my full-time appointment at the University of Westminster in 2000 I worked at the universities of Birmingham, Keele and at University College London. At Westminster I have taught courses in 19th and 20th century Russian History and special subjects on the Russian revolution, Stalinism and the cultural history of the world wars. In addition I have contributed to undergraduate language and translation teaching at intermediate and advanced level. Currently I teach in the BA Dissertation and supervise undergraduate dissertations

One current research focus is Soviet and post-Soviet Uzbekistan. This research has led to two recent conference papers on Uzbek fashion and on the European translation and reception of Central Asian Arabic medicine, specifically the writings of Avicenna. The work builds on earlier research interests in Central Asia. Between 2003 and 2008 I worked on a project funded by the British Academy on alcohol consumption in Kazakhstan, which led to three publications, on the treatment of alcohol abuse, trends in alcohol consumption, and gender, women and drinking patterns. This project developed from contacts made during a British Council conference on a phytotherapy which I co-organised in Almaty in 2002. Drawing on this parallel interest in medicine and materia medica, I am currently also researching pharmacology in the mid-19th century, investigating the global reach of the British and Russian empires in bio-prospecting and the trade and dissemination of medicines and remedies across borders in the colonial context.

2018

Heroism in the Frame: Gender, Nationality and Propaganda in Tashkent and Moscow 1924-1945 (2018)
Waters, E. 2018. Heroism in the Frame: Gender, Nationality and Propaganda in Tashkent and Moscow 1924-1945. in: Ilic, M. (ed.) Palgrave Handbook of Women and Gender in Twentieth Century Russia and the Soviet Union London Palgrave Macmillan.

2012

Gender, alcohol and modernity in contemporary Kazakhstan (2012)
Waters, E. 2012. Gender, alcohol and modernity in contemporary Kazakhstan. in: Morady, F. and Siriner, I. (ed.) Globalization, religion and development London IJOPEC. pp. 85-102

2003

The modernisation of Russian motherhood 1917-37 (2003)
Waters, E. 2003. The modernisation of Russian motherhood 1917-37. in: Read, C. (ed.) The Stalin years: a reader Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 25-37

2013

Uzbek youth fashion in local and global perspective (2013)
Waters, E., Hird, D. and Wagner, R. 2013. Uzbek youth fashion in local and global perspective. Conference on Continuity and Modernity on the Great Silk Road. Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies with University of Cambridge March 2013

2011

Cartoons on drink and drunkenness in the late Soviet period (2011)
Waters, E. 2011. Cartoons on drink and drunkenness in the late Soviet period. Scottish Soviet Seminar series. University of Edinburgh March 2011

2010

Measuring and describing Russian drinking patterns (2010)
Waters, E. 2010. Measuring and describing Russian drinking patterns. Qualitative Research Workshop at KBS 2010 - 36th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society. Lausanne 30 May 2010
Soviet satire on drinking and drunkeness: an evidence based humour? (2010)
Waters, E. 2010. Soviet satire on drinking and drunkeness: an evidence based humour? KBS 2010 - 36th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society. Lausanne 31 May - 04 Jun 2010
Using laughter as a method of cultural and language integration (2010)
Waters, E. 2010. Using laughter as a method of cultural and language integration. LLAS Conference on Languages in Higher Education. London 01 - 02 Jul 2010

2009

Between cultures: drinking patterns and attitudes to alcohol amongst women in Kazakhstan (2009)
Waters, E. 2009. Between cultures: drinking patterns and attitudes to alcohol amongst women in Kazakhstan. KBS 2009 - 35th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society. Copenhagen 01 - 05 Jun 2010

2008

Kazakhstan: habits and human impact (2008)
Waters, E. 2008. Kazakhstan: habits and human impact. A Journey Through Kazakhstan Study Day. Royal Asiatic Society and British Museum 04 Oct 2008

2005

Alcohol policy in Kazakhstan (2005)
Waters, E. and Thom, B. 2005. Alcohol policy in Kazakhstan. Social Policy Research Centre Seminar. Middlesex University Apr 2005
Alcohol policy and politics in Kazakhstan (2005)
Waters, E. and Thom, B. 2005. Alcohol policy and politics in Kazakhstan. School of Oriental and Asian Studies Central Asian Studies Seminar. London Feb 2005
A matter of life and death: Soviet posters in the Second World War (2005)
Waters, E. 2005. A matter of life and death: Soviet posters in the Second World War. WRAC Research Group Seminars. University of Westminster May 2005

2004

About religion or against religion: tensions between enlightenment and propaganda in Soviet adult education in the 1920s (2004)
Waters, E. 2004. About religion or against religion: tensions between enlightenment and propaganda in Soviet adult education in the 1920s. Conference on 'Russian Education'. Taylor Institute, Oxford University May 2004

2012

Propaganda on the socialist periphery: power, reform and identity in Soviet Uzbek posters, 1950s – 1970s (2012)
Waters, E. 2012. Propaganda on the socialist periphery: power, reform and identity in Soviet Uzbek posters, 1950s – 1970s. Contemporary China Centre, University of Westminster.

2008

Reforming the Soviet model: alcohol treatment services in Kazakhstan (2008)
Waters, E. and Thom, B. 2008. Reforming the Soviet model: alcohol treatment services in Kazakhstan. Addiction Research and Theory. 16 (4), pp. 319-330.

2007

Alcohol, policy and politics in Kazakhstan (2007)
Waters, E. and Thom, B. 2007. Alcohol, policy and politics in Kazakhstan. Europe-Asia Studies. 59 (6), pp. 999-1023.

2000

The great herbal of Leonhart Fuchs (review article) (2000)
Waters, E. 2000. The great herbal of Leonhart Fuchs (review article). European Journal of Herbal Medicine. 5 (2).
The Materia Medica of mid-19th century medical botanists (2000)
Waters, E. 2000. The Materia Medica of mid-19th century medical botanists. Pharmaceutical Historian. 29 (5).

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