Huw Houssemayne du Boulay

Thesis title: Post-Soviet, postcolonial: Crimea, national identity and territorial integrity in Russian government discourse 1991–2015


Supervisor(s): Dr Erik Landis, Dr Sarah Whitmore

Research topic

My current research is based upon the study of Crimea and how this is influenced and influences Russian national identity in the period 1991-2015.

My PhD research analyses the consistencies in the discourse of the Government of the Russian Federation regarding national identity and territorial integrity in Crimea in the period above. As this is the entire post-Soviet period of the Russian Federation, postcolonial theory will be used as the framework to unpack the power relations inherent in the rhetoric. Further to this, discourse analysis will be the method applied to the piece, in order to trace the similarities of the position of the Russian government on Crimea.

The intention of the piece is to use the theoretical framework to trace how Crimea has shaped and shapes the conception of “Russian national identity” and related concepts such as the "Greater Russian World" (the narrative on former USSR amalgamating culturally/ethnically/linguistically “Russian” areas) and also to use concepts such as "hybridity" from Bhabha's work to show how both the Russian Federation and Crimea have been shaped by their imperial encounter. In this sense, the piece will use some historical analysis of the Tsarist Russian Empire, as well as the USSR.


Former Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, postcolonial theory, national identity, discourse analysis, territorial integrity

Academic school / department

School of Law and Social Sciences


Conference papers

  • Editorial: Shame and stigma: how venereologists analyse their patients 1925- (Sex Transm Infect 2011;87:542-543) (doi:10.1136/sextrans-2011-050333)
  • ‘The bad disorder’: syphilis before 1944 (Sex Transm Infect 2011 87: 570) (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050328)
  • ‘Not proper to men alone’: Herpes before the discovery of AIDS (Sex Transm Infect 2011 87: 582) (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050329)
  • Of prostitutes and homosexuals: AIDS from 1981 to 1990 (Sex Transm Infect 2011 87: 608) (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050330)
  • ‘A new sense of purpose and well-being’? AIDS 1990-2000 (Sex Transm Infect 2011 87: 645) (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050331)
  • Declining interest and the developing world: AIDS post-2000 (Sex Transm Infect 2011 87: 653) (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050332)

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • English Language and speed-reading tutor at, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013-15)
  • Member of University of East Anglia History postgraduate research group (2009-11)
  • Director and editor of many short films, both for work and for personal enjoyment, some available online (2011-15): The PresentInside Duncan Simpson
  • Founder of Student Voice newspaper at BHASVIC College, Brighton (2007)

Further details

Academic and professional training

  • Msc International Relations, University of Amsterdam, 2012-13
    Thesis title: (Post) Communist Convergence? Russian and Chinese Veto usage in the UN Security Council
  • BA (Hons) History, University of East Anglia 2008–11
    Dissertation title: Archangels or Devils? Allied soldiers in Arkhangelsk in the Russian Civil War
  • Specialisation course: Communism and Nationalism in Yugoslavia

Scholarships and prizes

  • Oxford Brookes 150 Scholarship, Oxford Brookes University, 2015