Yelena Abdullayeva

Dates in Oxford:

September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022


Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre Visiting Fellow, Post-Doctoral Researcher

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE


Research Interests:

My research project focuses on Azerbaijan that rests at the crossroads of both the Muslim and the Russian/Soviet worlds. I am interested in questions related to culture and cultural change, modernity, empire and colonialism.

Current Projects:

My current project examines the history of Azerbaijan from the time of the Russian conquest in the 1800s to the 1939. I am concerned with the transformations of culture and identity as a result of that historical change. In particular, my study focuses on what I call a “synthesis” between Communist goals and the modernizing aspirations of pre-Soviet reformers in making a modern society. Along with this, I examine how the Imperial and Soviet authorities used gender peculiarities, education, and medicine to justify its control over the non-Russian population.

Yelena Abdullayeva