Originally from a small industrial town in the Urals, Daria Bocharnikova lived and worked in Yekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg, undertook postgraduate studies in Italy and the US. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the history of modern architecture and urban planning and the history of State Socialism and Post-socialism. She defended her dissertation Inventing Socialist Modern: a History of the Architectural Profession in the Soviet Union (1932-1971) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The dissertation investigates a history of multiple visions of Socialist construction as articulated by Soviet architects, mainly but not exclusively in the Khrushchev era. Most commonly, Soviet architecture of this era is associated with the return of modernist aesthetics into the architectural practice of the Soviet Union. Based on previously unexplored archival sources, the professional press and memoirs, this study challenges the prevailing emphasis on ruptures in Soviet architecture and constitutes a first step in mapping the diversity of Socialist Modern within the Soviet Union and within the Second World. In her research and teaching Daria aims to further understand the transformation of the Soviet project after 1953, the mutation of the ideology of high modernism throughout the 20th century and the transnational history of architectural modernism. Since 2011 she was co-leading together with Steven E; Harris an international research project Second World Urbanity that explores the history of socialist cities and everyday life past and present from Cuba to Yugoslavia and Russia to China. As of fall semester 2016 Bocharnikova joins the department of architecture at KU Leuven as a research fellow.
Bocharnikova D., “Mesto lichnosti v kommunisticheskom obshchestve: razrabotki gruppy NER na izlete politicheskoi ottepeli v SSSR” [Accommodating individuality in communist society: the NER diagram at the wake of political Thaw in the USSR ], “Posle Stalina: pozdnesovetskaia sub’ektivnost, 1953-1985 [After Stalin: Soviet subjectivity, 1953-1985]”, Saint-Petersburg: European University Press, 2016 (accepted, peer-reviewed); First publication about the NER group in Russia in the collective volume featuring the articles by such recognized scholars as Susan E. Reid, Benjamin Nathans, Anna Krylova and others. Busygina, Irina/Okunev Igor (eds.) (2015): Modernization and Democratization in BRICS Countries: Comparative Analysis, Moscow: Aspect-Press.
“Second World Urbanity: Between Capitalist and Communist Utopias” (co-edited with Steven E. Harris), Journal of Urban History, 2016 [includes the introduction by Daria Bocharnikova and Steven E. Harris, articles by Ivana Bago, Christina Crawford, Christian Hess, Ari Sammartino, Kimberly Zarecor and Sofia Dyak] (accepted, peer-reviewed)
Bocharnikova D., “Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945–1960 ”, Europe-Asia Studies, 2013, Vol. 65, issue 8, 1678-1680. Bocharnikova D., “Book review of Mark Meerovich; Evgeniia Konysheva; Dmitrii Khmel’nitskii. Kladbishche sotsgorodov: gradostroitel’naia︡ politika v SSSR 1928-1932 gg.” [The cemetery of socialist cities: urban construction policy in the USSSR], Ab Imperio, 2011, Vol.4. 437- 443.
Work in Progress
“The NER Group: Designing for Post-Industrial Urbanity in Post-Stalin Russia”, article for the Journal of Architecture, under review. “Situating Modern Architecture in History or Soviet Critique of Modernism in the 1970s”, a draft of a book chapter in “Socialist Postmodernisms” edited by Vladimir Kulic