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Dmitrii Sergeev


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow

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  • Doctorate of Philosophical Science, Transbaikal State University, Russia
  • Candidate of Science in Cultural Studies (PhD), Transbaikal State Pedagogical University, Russia
  • Specialist (diploma with honours), Teacher of French and English, Transbaikal State Pedagogical University, Russia


Prize, Awards and Recognition

  • Certificate of Completion, Fulbright Scholarship Program, Washington DC, January 2019
  • The Best Publication, ‘New Approach in Social Analysis’ Nomination Category, Sociological Studies Journal, 2016
  • Invited Researcher, Collège de France, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, La Fondation Masion des sciences de l’homme, Paris, France, 2011


  • ‘Evolving Attitudes toward Single Motherhood in the UK and Russia’ Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission Horizon 2020, University of Cambridge 2021-2023
  • ‘History of Children’s Picturebooks in the United States’, Fulbright Faculty Development Program, Illinois State University, USA, 2018-2019.
  • ‘Fundamental Problems of Social Knowledge: Cultural Meanings in Ecological Texts’, Grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Transbaikal State University, 2014-2016.
  • ‘Ontology of Contemporary Cultural Languages in the Post-Industrial Society’, Grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Transbaikal State University, 2012-2014.
  • ‘Crisis of the Contemporary Russian Culture: Strategies of its Overcoming’, Grant of the Federal Government of the Russian Federation, Transbaikal State Pedagogical University, 2009-2011.


  • Member of the Russian Philosophical Society
  • Member of the Russian Professor Assembly

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Since gaining my PhD in 2015 I have primarily focused on cultural meaning and its dependence on social determinants and cultural variables, analysing culture-related processes of meaning-making and investigating the influence of a post-industrial society on meaning-making processes and the development of new forms of cultural texts. I investigate how cultural codes and production of cultural texts function within a particular social group that is underrepresented.

My research visit to the Laboratory for Social Anthropology of the Collège de France in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. André Bourgeot enhanced my knowledge of modern methodology applied in social studies. My interest in illustrated literature with its connection to societal and cultural development stemmed from one semester study at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin in 2013. I questioned the fact of the emergence of illustrated children’s literature particularly with its connection to social and historical context. This has led me to develop a theory of pragmasemantic behaviour which enriches my analytical instrumentation with new approaches: the sociology of the text and social semiotics. Later I linked the studies of illustrated texts and culturally underrepresented groups.

My findings have been disseminated in three monographs, two published by the Russian Academy of Science, as well as in papers in Q2 internationally peer-reviewed journals, such as Russian Studies in Philosophy, Universe of Russia, Sociological Studies. My paper in the Q2 Sociological Studies Journal, where I discussed the pragmasemantic theory through the emergence of children’s picturebooks, was recognized as the best publication of 2016 in the “New Approach in Social Analysis” nomination category.

I have gained experience in the conduct of long-term research topics as a member of two research teams and I have headed three projects financially supported by grants from the Federal Government of the Russian Federation. In 2018 I worked on the development of syllabus of the “History of Children’s Picturebooks in the United States” in the Fulbright Faculty Development Program at Illinois State University.

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Research Topics

  • Ontology of Cultural Meaning
  • Cultural Text in Contemporary Society
  • Underrepresented Groups and Semiosis
  • Single Motherhood in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Current Research Project(s)

  • Evolving Attitudes toward Single Motherhood in the UK and Russia, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

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Principal and Recent Publications

Sergeev, Dmitrii (2022) Sociology of Contemporary Picturebook: Single Motherhood by Choice and Its Influence on Children’s Literature. Children’s Readings: Studies in Children’s Literature. 22:2. P. 174-195. DOI: 10.31860/2304-5817-2022-2-22-174-195.

Sergeev, Dmitrii (2022) Single Motherhood in Postwar Soviet Russia: Cultural Code and its Literary Implication. Slavonica. 27:2. P. 100-113. DOI: 10.1080/13617427.2022.2144010.

Sergeev D.V. (2020) Sociologization of Human Studies: Searching for Children’s Picturebook Definition. Sociological Studies. No 2. P. 96-104.

Sergeev D.V. (2019) What Are We Reading? Toward A Definition of the Children’s Picturebook. Children’s Readings: Studies in Children’s Literature. 16:2. P. 400-415.

Sergeev D.V. (2016) Microsociology of Text: Factors of Pragmasemantic Behaviour Functioning. Sociological Studies. No 7. P. 92-100.

Sergeev D.V. (2015) Meaning. Behaviour. Social Strategies. Chita: TrSU Press.

Sergeev D.V. (2012) Cultural Peculiarities of Russian Society Development at the Beginning of 21st Century: Recurrent Culture, Archaization and Invented Archaic History. Universe of Russia. 21:3. P. 100-118.

Sergeev D.V. (2011) Semantic Strategies to Overcome Cultural Crisis in Social Consciousness. Russian Studies in Philosophy. No. 10. P. 28-36.

Trubitsyn D.V., Dorogavtseva I.S., Sergeev D.V. (2011) Cultural Crisis and Modernization: Tendencies of Social Consciousness Development in Today’s Russia. Novosibirsk: Science.

Sergeev D.V. (2009) Ontology of Cultural Meaning. Novosibirsk: Science.

Dmitrii Sergeev

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