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After having studied for several years in Russia and China (Kaifeng, Tianjin), I received my Ph.D. from St.Petersburg University with a dissertation on women position in medieval China, my mentor was Dr. Yevgeny I. Kychanov. Following my graduation I started teaching in the Faculty of Asian&African Studies at SPbU and working for Confucius Institute.
My research interests cover a wide range of academic disciplines, such as Chinese theatre (both traditional and contemporary spoken drama), Dunhuang Studies, Cross-Cultural Exchange, East Asian Performance and Visual Culture, Gender. Besides the academic world I also work in professional theatre and arts sphere.
For the last six years I’ve developed and curated more than 20 cultural projects related to theatre and contemporary art.
- 2017 — present: Associate professor, St.Petersburg University, Russia, Faculty of Asian&African Studies, Department of History of Far Eastern countries.
Undergraduate courses taught: History of dynastic China (from the Qin through the Yuan periods); Premodern East Asian History; Introduction to Tangut Studies; Introduction to Dunhuang Studies; Gender and Chinese History; Intellectual Thought in East Asian Countries.
I supervise undergraduate and graduate students interested in premodern Chinese history, Dunhuang and Tangut Studies, Chinese theatre and cinema.
- 2012–2017: Assistant professor, St.Petersburg University, Faculty of Asian&African Studies, Department of History of Far Eastern countries.
- 2016 — till now: Director, SPbU Confucius Institute.
- 2012–2016: Deputy director, SPbU Confucius Institute.
- Ph.D. in Chinese History, St.Petersburg University (2012)
- Dissertation: «Legal position of women in the history of medieval China (Tang-Song dynasties)»
- MA in Asian&African Studies, St.Petersburg University (2009, diploma with distinction)
- BA in Asian&African Studies, St.Petersburg University (2007, diploma with distinction)
- Mandarin Chinese&literature training at Henan University (2004-2005), Nankai University (2008-2009)
- Russian (native)
- English (advanced)
- Mandarin Chinese (advanced)
- Classical Chinese (reading knowledge)
Visiting researcher and visiting lecturer:
- Peking University, Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History (2014)
- Taiwan National University, College of Liberal Arts (2015)
- Jinan University, College of Chinese Language and Culture (2016)
- UCLA, School of Theatre, Film and Television (2018, 2019)
- Central Academy of Drama, Research Institute of Theatrical Arts (2019)
Partnership with academic and arts institutions:
- State Hermitage Museum
- Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS
- Petersburg Theatre Academy
- Petersburg International Cultural Forum
- Tretyakov Gallery
- Dunhuang Academy
- Beijing People’s Art Theatre
- Central Academy of Drama (Beijing)
- Shanghai Conservatory of Music
- Shanghai MoCA
- Wuzhen Theatre Festival
Membership in academic organizations:
- Member of the EACS
- Member of the Russian Sinologist Association
- Member of the Board of Directors, Russia-China Friendship Association
- Consultant, Hermitage China Foundation
- Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Library Travel Grant (2015)
- Russian Foundation for Basic Research and DFG research project no.17–21-49001 «Chinese perceptions of Russia and the West during the 20th century: changes, continuities and contingencies» (2017-2019, funded participant)
- Visioning Dunhuang. Inspired by the Getty’s landmark 2016 exhibition, this multi-year initiative positions Dunhuang as an inspiration for cross-disciplinary collaboration and creative problem solving for contemporary world. Funded by UCLA Confucius Institute (2017- ongoing, funded participant)
List of selected publications:
- Legal Status of Women in the History of Medieval China (VII–XIII Century). Petersburg: NP-PRINT, 2014. 336 p. (in Russian)
- Liberating the Past from the Present. Chinese Contemporary Art. Exhibition catalogue. Petersburg, , 2015. 96 p. (in Russian and Chinese)
- «Beyond the Peony Pavilion»: Exhibition Catalogue. — St.Petersburg: NP-PRINT, 2016. 96 p. (in Russian and Chinese)
- Editor: Sinetskaya E. A. «Journey to the West» of a Chinese Woman, Or Feminism in China / edited by Y. Mylnikova. Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow. 432 p. (in Russian)
- Half a century of borrowing: The history of the Western Drama Theater in China until 1949// KLIO, № 2(158), 2020. pp. 52-60 (in Russian)
- Russian classical literature on Chinese stage: Problems of adaptation and perception // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Asian and African Studies, 2018, vol. 10, issue 1, pp. 4–13 (in English)
- Invited author: 120 years of Moscow Art Theatre//Wuzhen Theatre Festival Magazine, 2018, vol. 1. P. 11 (in Chinese)
- Preface: Chinese drama of the 20th-21st centuries / compiled and edited by A.Rodionov, preface by Y.Mylnikova. St.Petersburg, 2018 (in Russian)
- A collection of Chinese export paintings by Zhou Peichun from the Oriental Department of St. Petersburg University Library/ compiled, edited and commented by D. Mayatsky, Y. Mylnikova, P. Rud, editor-in-chief D. Mayatsky. St.Petersburg:NP-PRINT, 2016. 244 p. (in Russian and Chinese)
- Adapted, Updated or Sinicized? The Stanislavsky System and Russian Classical Literature on the Chinese Stage // Eurasia Cultura, vol. 2, September 2016. P. 99–106 (in English)
- Song dynasty law // History of China from ancient times to the beginning of the 21st century: In 10 Volumes / edited by S. L. Tikhvinsky. Vol. IV. Period of Five Dynasties, Song Empire, Liao, Jin and Xi Jia States (907–1279) / ed. I.F. Popova. Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Moscow: Nauka; Vostochnaya literatura, 2016. Pp. 538–551 (in Russian)
- An Overview of the Legal Status of Women in the Tang and Song Dynasties (VII–XIII centuries) // St. Petersburg Annual of Asian and African Studies. 2013, Volume II. Verlag GmbH, Würzburg. P. 117–128 (in English)
- Tangut educational texts and handwriting practice sheets among the Khara-Khoto manuscripts // Abstracts of the EACS XXth Conference, Braga, Coimbra, 23–26 July, 2014. P. 123 (in English)
- Peng Xiang-qian, Mylnikova Yu.S. Tangut Studies in China in the Beginning of 21st Century // Written Monuments of the Orient (Russian Academy of Science) Issue 2 (19). 2013, p. 257—265 (in Russian)
- Samoylov N. A., Mylnikova Yu. S. The EACS XIXth Conference // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Asian and African Studies, 2013 (1), pp. 112—117 (in Russian)
- Historiographical survey of “funü shi yanjiu 妇女史研究” // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Asian and African Studies, 2012 (2). P. 75–83 (in Russian)
- Legal status of mothers and stepmothers in the family hierarchy of imperial China (Tang dynasty) // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Asian and African Studies, 2012 (1). P. 124–128 (in Russian)
- Women’s Property Rights in the Inheritance Regime of Imperial China (Tang – Song dynasties) // St. Petersburg Annual of Asian and African Studies. Ergon-Verlag GmbH, 2012, Vol. 1. P. 167–179 (in English)
- Legal position of women in China: past and present / in “Major trends of political and economic development in Asian and African countries” (ed. Vladimir Kolotov). 2011. P. 201–222 (in Russian)
- Women’s Property Rights in the Inheritance Regime of medieval China (Tang – Song dynasties). Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Asian and African Studies, 2011, Issue 3. P. 71–81 (in Russian)
- Legal Status of Concubines in the Traditional Family Organization of Imperial China according to the Tang’s Code // Written Monuments of the Orient (Russian Academy of Science). Issue 2 (15), 2011. P. 222–230 (in Russian)
- Book review: Samoylov N. Russia and China in the 17th - early 20th Centuries: Tendencies, Forms and Stages of Socio-Cultural Interaction. St.Petersburg: St.Petersburg University Press, 2014. 387 p. Review by: B.Novikov, Y.Mylnikova. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Asian and African Studies, 2016, Issue 1. P. 132-137 (in Russian)
- Book review: Peng Xiang-qian 彭向前. Xi xia wen “Mengzi” zhengli yanjiu 西夏文 «孟子»整理研究 (The complex study of the Tangut translation of the Mengzi). Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012. 295 p. Review by Tang Jun, Yu.S. Mylnikova in Written Monuments of the Orient (Russian Academy of Science) 2016 (2), p. 102–108 (in English)
- Book review: 2014. 汤君，尤丽娅。“西夏文«孟子»整理研究”评价 // 西夏研究. 2014. 3 (总第19期). p. 124 -128 (in Chinese)
- Invited speaker, Functions and Evolution of Theatre Festivals in the Context of Globalization, Daliangshan International Theatre Festival, Xichang, November 23, 2019.
- Invited discussant, «Chekhov the Revolutionary», Wuzhen Dialogues, 7th Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, Wuzhen, October 26, 2019.
- Invited lecturer, Forum of Theatre Managers «Place of action», lecture: «Chinese Theatre Industry Landscape», St.Petersburg, October 1, 2018.
- «Performing the West on Chinese Stage: the International theatre festivals phenomenon in China and the Lin Zhaohua Theatre Art Festival as a Key Example», 22nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese studies, Glasgow, August 29 — September 1, 2018.
- Invited speaker, «Chinese dramaturgy of the 21st century: vectors of development», International Conference «New Epoch, New Horizon: the Community of Shared Future for Mankind and One Belt One Road Construction», Beijing Normal University, April 21–22, 2018.
- Invited speaker, «Chinese Contemporary Art as a New Nation-brand», the 4th HK International Conference «Cultural Territories and Cross‐Cultures in the Age of Neo-Northeast Asia: Present, Interpretation, and Its Prospect», sponsor Research Foundation of Korea, St.Petersburg, July 8, 2016
- «Personal and historical narrative in the works of Chinese artist Yu Hong», XLVI International Conference «China: State and Society», Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, March 28-23, 2016.
- Invited lecturer, «Depictions of Women in Chinese Medieval Art», the EACS Summer School “Traditional China: a closer distant view”, St. Petersburg University, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, August 24–30, 2015.
- Invited speaker, «Performing China: ways to understand contemporary theatre in China», International Conference on 21st Century Neo-Northeast Asia Glocal Culturalism «A Cultural Prototype of Neo-Northeast Asia and Its Transformation», Chung-Ang University, Seoul, April 24–25, 2015.
- «The Tang-Song transition: Woman as a victim in sexual offense and as a subject of responsibility in breaking moral norms», XIXth Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese studies, Paris, 5-8 September, 2012.