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Philippa L. Hetherington <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University College London
London, London WC1E 6BT
|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Histsex
|Interests:||Eastern Europe History / Studies
European History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Jewish History / Studies
Law and Legal History
Modern European History / Studies
Russian or Soviet History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
I am a Lecturer in Modern Eurasian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where I research and teach the cultural, social and legal history of imperial Russia and the early Soviet Union in global and transnational context. I also work in the fields of comparative legal history, feminist and queer theory, and the cultural and intellectual history of the fin-de-siècle.
This constellation of interests led me to the topic of my current book manuscript Circulating Subjects: The Traffic in Women and the Russian Invention of an International Crime. Building on research conducted in fourteen archives across Moscow, St Petersburg, Odessa, Geneva and London, it examines the emergence of 'trafficking in women' as a specific crime in turn of the century Russia, and links this to the development of international humanitarian law, migratory regimes, and imperial governance. In addition, I have written on pornography as object of prohibition in early international criminal law, gender and socialist consumer culture, the social and legal history of prostitution in Moscow and St Petersburg since 1600, and the gendered dynamics of the Russian refugee crisis. More broadly, I am interested in the spaces where histories of gender, sexuality and migration intersect with legal history, particularly the history of international law. In exploring these questions, I seek to think through how we can bring feminist, queer and biopolitical approaches to bear on the historiographic terrain of sovereignty, statebuilding, and governmentality.