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Dr. Sofia Gavrilova
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-253


Dr Sofia Gavrilova


Research Area: Geovisualisations
Department: Cartography and visual communication

Short CV


At the IfL since August 2020

2019–2020: Postdoctoral researcher in the Landscapes of Soviet repressions project, University of Oxford

2019: DPhil in Human Geography, University of Oxford (Thesis title: "The present taxidermied: Soviet ‘common unsaids’ in Russian krayevedcheskiy museums")

2018–2019: Scientific coordinator of "Russian Readings" series of conferences at the University of Oxford

2017: Scientific coordinator of the Antarctic Art Biennale

2013–2015: Research Associate "Mapping the Gulag", funded by ERC, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

2013: PhD degree in GIS and cartography, Moscow State University

2012: Masters in Contemporary Arts, Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia Art named after A. Rodchenko

Memberships / Functions


Member of editorial committee: Urban Theory and Practice, Studies of Transition States and Societies

Research interests


Geovisualisations, Soviet atlases, spatial knowledge



Journal articles

Gavrilova, Sofia (2022)

Redefining the Soviet krayevedeniye : the role of spatial science in the Soviet system of knowledge production

In: Journal of historical geography / 75 (2022), Seite 14-23