Osteuropäische Geschichte und Landeskunde

Irina Andryushchenko

Akademische Mitarbeiterin (ANR/DFG-Projekt "EnviroHealth")


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Schnellzugriff Projekte

History of Cancer in the Soviet Union since the 1950s (Promotionsprojekt)

In the early 1950s, the Soviet Academy of Sciences began to collect data on the incidence of cancer. According to these statistics, cancer accounted for one-quarter of all deaths in 1989. The finding led to intense controversies about the aetiology of cancer, often centring around the role of chemical and radioactive pollutants. The objectives of the dissertation project are as follows:

  1. work out how controversies about the possible environmental causes of cancer mobilized people to engage in public discussions and to convey their concerns to authorities and factories;
  2. examine the role of cancer education in health campaigns (through films and exhibitions) and to investigate how this prevention policy served as an instrument of a “new morality” to achieve behavioural changes and demand more self-responsibility from citizens;
  3. determine whether gender-specific discourses and practices of mobilisation and healing accompanied the chemicalisation of the body and the treatment of cancer;
  4. address the popularity of alternative healing methods and elaborate how doctors and medical scientists reacted to the growing popularity of alternative medicine to maintain their own authority and prestige.

seit April 2021
Akademische Mitarbeiterin

am Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte und Landeskunde der Universität Tübingen (ANR/DFG-Projekt: "EnviroHealth")

seit März 2021

Thema: History of Cancer in the Soviet Union since the 1950s (ANR/DFG-Projekt: "EnviroHealth")

2016 und 2018
Museumsführerin und Arbeit am Museumsbestand

im Staatlichen Historischen Museum Moskau

2013 bis 2019

der Altertumsgeschichte und Geschichte Russlands im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert an der Staatlichen Lomonossow-Universität Moskau


  • Medizin-, Wissenschafts- und Umweltgeschichte der Sowjetunion
  • Geschichte der sowjetischen Außenpolitik
  • Politische Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert
  • Sowjetunion in der Organisation der Vereinten Nationen



  • Positions of the USSR and the USA in the UN on the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979–1981, in: Collected Papers XXII International Scientific-Practical conference “Russian Science in the Modern World”, Part II. Moscow 2019, S. 56–57.
  • Soviet-Iranian Relationships before Iran-Iraq Crisis of 1980-1988, Collected Papers XXIV International conference “History, political science, sociology and philosophy: theoretical and practical aspects”, Novosibirsk, 2019.