Andreas Schönle is Professor of Russian and Head of the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol as well as fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of four monographs and three edited volumes, including, most recently, On the Periphery of Europe, 1762-1825: The Self-Invention of the Russian Elite (2018), co-authored with Andrei Zorin. His research deals primarily with ways in which cultural identity is manifested in spatial design (in gardens, cities, and landscapes) and through structures of time. This interest emerged out of his first book, which was on Russian travel literature between 1790 and 1840 and his second book, which dealt with the political and social “import” of landscape design in imperial Russia. Since then he has been working on the perception of ruins, on the subjective and cultural dimensions of Europeanisation, and on calendar reform. He has regularly taught units on the history of Russian theatre.