Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sonya Permiakova




Lecturer in British Literature





Sofia (Sonya) Permiakova joined the Centre for British Studies in 2013 as a Master student. In October 2015 Sonya Permiakova received the Humboldt Prize for her Master thesis ‘Women at War: Representation of War in Women’s War Poetry of the First World War’. Shortly after her graduation she became a lecturer and researcher in British Culture and Literature. Previously, Sonya worked with various cultural projects and institutions, for instance, as an interpreter at Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, and taught English and Translation at Perm State National Research University (Russia). As a member of the Berlin Graduate School of British Studies, she is writing her PhD thesis on British women’s war poetry of the First and the Second World Wars. Her research interests include feminism and the representation of women in literature and art, cinematic ekphrasis in poetry and fiction, representation of urban spaces in literature and art, and poetry – from the early 20th century until today.

Over the years at the centre, Sonya has conceptualized and taught numerous courses, such as ‘Literature Workshop’, ‘Cultural Project Management’, ‘Literary Films and Cinematic Novels’, and ‘Britons in Berlin. The Berlin Myth‘ (together with Prof Gesa Stedman and Felicia Kompio). In 2020 and 2021 (together with Felicia Kompio) Sonya was nominated for Humboldt Award for Excellence in Teaching.