Staff | Sonya Permiakova

Sonya Permiakova



Lecturer in British Literature






Sofia (Sonya) Permiakova joined the Centre for British Studies in 2013 as a Master student, and shortly after her graduation 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 in literature and art, representations of Russia and the Soviet Union in transnational poetry and fiction, 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’ and ‘Film and Text’.

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’. Sonya is currently an active member of the ‘Transnational Citizenship’ project initiated by TORCH (Oxford) and GBZ (Berlin) in September 2018 as a part of Berlin-Oxford Research Partnership.