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Professor Patrick Zuk

Professor of Russian Cultural Studies and Music

Professor of Russian Cultural Studies and Music in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Co-Director (Arts and Humanities) in the Institute of Advanced Study+44 (0) 191 33 44405


Patrick Zuk is a specialist in Russian and Soviet music and European cultural history. His publications include Nikolay Myaskovsky: A Composer and His Times, which won a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award for 2022, and the co-edited collection (with Marina Frolova-Walker) Russian Music Since 1917, which was issued in the Proceedings of the British Academy series published by Oxford University Press. His research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, and the Wellcome Trust. He is currently writing a monograph exploring the role of traumatic experience in shaping the styles and aesthetic orientations of musical modernism. In Epiphany 2024, he will co-lead with Professor Helen Fenwick a major interdisciplinary project 'Understanding Offence: (De)limiting the Unsayable', which is sponsored by Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study and the British Academy. He has been awarded a two-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship commencing in May 2024 for his next project, 'The composer in the European imagination: 1830-1970'. 

Professor Zuk is Director (Arts and Humanities) of Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study. 

He welcomes enquiries from postgraduate research students working on topics germane to his research interests - music and cultural life in Russia and Central/Eastern Europe; artistic modernism; trauma studies; and censorship. 


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