Dr. des. Laura Elias



Eastern European History



Der ethnographisch-anthropologische Blick: Photographie und die visuelle Erforschung Zentralasiens im Russländischen Imperium


Laura Elias studied History and German philology in Berlin and Moscow. From 2012 to 2017, she was a research assistant at the Chair of Eastern European History at the University of Basel (Lehrstuhl Schenk). In the academic year 2014/15, Laura received a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a doctoral fellowship at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. In February 2020, she graduated from Basel University with a PhD thesis titled “The ethnographic-anthropological gaze: Photography and the Visual Exploration of Central Asia in Late Imperial Russia”.


Visual History

New Imperial History

History of Knowledge



Laura Elias, "Picturing 'Russia's Orient'": The Peoples of Russian Turkestan through the Lens of Samuil M. Dudin (1900-1902), in: Sergey N. Abashin / Svetlana M. Gorshenina / Tatyana A. Saburova (ed.), Drugoy Turkestan: Neizvestnye fotografii aziatskoy okrainy Rossiyskoy Imperii, Washington 2020 (forthcoming).

Laura Elias, Der ethnografisch-anthropologische Blick: Die Kasachen der Inneren Horde in den Fotografien Aleksej Charuzins, in: Fotogeschichte 35 (2015) 136, p. 5-14.

Laura Elias, Rezension zu: Roland Cvetkovski / Alexis Hofmeister (ed.), An Empire of Others. Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in Imperial Russia and the USSR. Budapest 2014, in: H-Soz-Kult, 16.09.2015, http://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-22876.