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.