Biography:

PhD in Modern History (Moscow State University, 2005; University of Paris–Sorbonne, 2008)

Senior research fellow (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Associated research fellow (Roland Mousnier Center: University of Paris–Sorbonne / CNRS, France)

olga.okouneva@gmail.com

Profile on Academia.edu: https://igh.academia.edu/OlgaOkuneva


Research areas:
  • New World Discovery and Exploration (the Case of Portuguese America). European Colonial Expansion in the Americas.
  • French Presence in Brazil (16th–17th Centuries) and its Legitimation.
  • European Perception of the New World. American Alterity and the French Consciousness. Early Modern Travel Literature and Text Studies. Cartography of the New World.
  • French in the Scientific and Intellectual Life in Russia, XVIIIth –XXth Centuries. Henri Brocard and His Family in Moscow.
 Main publications:
1) New World Discovery and Exploration (the Case of Portuguese America). European Colonial Expansion in the Americas. French Presence in Brazil (16th–17th Centuries) and its Legitimation. Europeans and Native People of the Coastal Brazil (16th–17th Centuries)
  • Did the French Discover the Brazil? In: Latin America, 2003, no. 4. P. 66-78.
  • “The Enterprise that Begun with Success and Costed so much Labors”: the “Antarctic France” in Brazil in the XVIth Century. In: Latin America, 2004 no. 12, pp. 51-67.
  • Red Gold Rush: French and Portuguese in Brazil (first half of the 16th Century). In: Modern and Contemporary History, 2005, no. 5, pp. 198–211.
  • To Plant One’s Name on a Map: Toponyms as a Method to Legitimate French Presence in Brazil during the XVIth – beginning of XVIIth Centuries. In: American Yearbook – 2011. Moscow, Ves Mir, 2011, pp. 314–325.
  • Europeans in the New World: French Presence in the Brazil during the XVIth – beginning of XVIIth Centuries. In: Electronic Scientific and Educational Journal «History». Volume 2 (10), 2012. Dossier: Medieval Studies: New Approaches on the Limits of the Periods in the World History (Pavel Yu. Uvarov ed). – http://history.jes.su/issue.2012.1.3.2-10-/s207987840000312-2-2  See also the paper edition of this issue: Moscow, Institute of World History, 2012, pp. 84–89.
  • Traitors and Betrayal in the French Brazil during the XVIth – beginning of XVIIth centuries. In: Kirill Levinson (ed.) Betrayal as a Matter for the Historic Analysis. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2012, pp. 213–240. See also in: Odisseus. A Man in History. 2012. Moscow, Nauka, 2012, pp. 139–166.
  • V.A. Vedushkin, O.V. Okuneva, G.A. Shatokhina. Colonial Possessions of the European States in the XVIIth Century. In: World History in 6 volumes (ed. in chief A.O. Chubarian). Vol. 3: Early Modern World (edited by V.A. Vedushkin, M.A. Yussim). Moscow, Nauka, 2013, pp. 727–735.
  • Gastaldi’s Map of Brazil from the Third Volume of Ramusio’s Navigationi et Viaggi (1556, 1565, 1606). In: Irina Konovalova (ed). Historical Geography. Vol. 2. Moscow, Aquilon, 2014, pp. 268–301.
  • “We” and “Our Guys”: French Authors on American Indians as Allies in Brazil (XVIth and early XVIIth Centuries). In: Electronic Scientific and Educational Journal «History». Volume 4 (27), 2014. Dossier: Scientists, Knowledge and Power in Colonial and Continental Empires (Velikhan S. Mirzekhanov, Olga V. Okuneva, Samuel B. Volfson eds). – URL: http://www.history.jes.su/s207987840000711-1-1. See also the paper edition of this issue: Moscow, Integration: Education and Science, 2015, pp. 101–114.
  • La «France Antarctique» au Brésil: le prologue des guerres de Religion en France? In: Proslogion: Problems of the Social History and Culture of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. № 1 (13). Special issue on the French Wars of Religion (Vladimir Shishkin, Hugues Daussy eds). Saint Petersburg, 2016, pp. 293–314.
  • “A Nail Better than a Golden Coin”: Everyday Communication and Trade Techniques between French and Brazilian Indians in the 16th Century. In: Olga Togoeva (ed). Everyday Practices in the Middle Ages and Modern Period. From the Unique Testimonies to the Verifiable Information. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2015, pp. 25–68.
  • Los corsarios y los mercaderes franceses en las costas del Brasil en el siglo XVI. In: J. Quintero Gonzalez, M. Alfonso Mola, C. Martínez Shaw (eds). La economía marítima en España y las Indias. 16 estudios. San Fernando, Excmo Ayuntamiento de San Fernando, 2015. P. 17–27.
  • Russian Ambassadors and Brazilian Indians at the Court of Marie de Medicis and Louis XIII. In: Srednie Veka (= Middle Ages). Studies on Medieval and Early Modern History. Vol. 76 (3-4). Moscow, Nauka, 2015, pp. 161–192.
  • Henriville’s Mystery. Authors of the 16th and 17th Centuries on the Town that Should Be a French Predecessor of Rio de Janeiro. In: Universitas Historiae. Collection of Articles in Honor of Pavel Yu. Uvarov. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2016, pp. 177–182.
  • White Lie, Simulation for Courtesy and Wrong Impressions: Some Episodes from the History of the French Brazil ((XVIth and early XVIIth Centuries). In: Olga Togoeva, Olga Kosheleva (eds). Fraud and Trickery as an Everyday Practice. Individual and Collective Strategies of Conduct. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2016, pp. 243–276.
  • The First Russian Embassy in France (1615–1616) and Some Curious Echoes of the Events in the New World. In: Kira Yu. Kashlavik (ed). Russia and France. The XVIIth Century. Nijni Novgorod, Radonej, 2016, pp. 21–30.
 2) European Perception of the New World. American Alterity and the French Consciousness. Early Modern Travel Literature and Text Studies
  • Modalidades de la representación del Brasil y de sus habitantes en la Francia del siglo XVI. In: I. Rodríguez Moya (ed.), Arte, poder e identidad en Iberoamérica : de los virreinatos a la construcción nacional, Castelló de la Plana: Publicacions de la Universitat Jaume I, D. L, 2008. Р. 105-116. (0,5 п.л.).
  • “To Extend the Matter”: Brazil and Its Native People as Viewed in France of the 16th Century. In: Iberica Americans. Latin American Culture in the Discussions of the late XXth and early XXIth Centuries. Moscow, Institute of World Literature, 2009, pp. 210–223.
  • French Testimonies on Travels to Brazil in the mid-XVIth Century: Literary Strategies. In: Olga Togoeva, Igor Danilevski (eds) Homo legens. Between Reality and the Text of the Historic Document. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2011, pp. 226–256.
  • Barbarian and / or Noble Savage: Views on the Brazilian Indians in France (16th Century). In: Vera Budanova, Olga Vorob’eva (eds). Civilization and Barbarity: Transformation of Concept and Regional Experience. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2012, pp. 129–149.
  • The Importance of Being French: From the Brazilian Indians’ Point of View (16th Century). In: Srednie Veka (= Middle Ages). Studies on Medieval and Early Modern History. Vol. 73 (1-2). Moscow, Nauka, 2012, pp. 295–312.
  • XVIth Century Catholic and Protestant Authors on the First French Colony in Brazil. In: Igor Danilevski, Olga Togoeva (eds). Retrospective Information of the Historic Documents: Images and Reality. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2013, pp. 179–200.
  • Ensaio sobre o mapa “Brasil” de G. Gastaldi pertenecente ao Delle navigationi e viaggi de G. B. Ramusio (1556; 1565; 1606). In: Terra Brasilis (Nova Série), № 2, 2013. Rede Brasileira de História da Geografia e Geografia Histórica (ed). URL: http://terrabrasilis.revues.org/715
  • Essai sur la carte de G. Gastaldi «Brasil» insérée dans «Delle navigationi et Viaggi» de G. B. Ramusio (1556; 1565; 1606). In : Terra Brasilis (Nova Série), № 2, 2013. Rede Brasileira de História da Geografia e Geografia Histórica (ed). URL: http://terrabrasilis.revues.org/743
  • Testimonies on the S. America in the French Travel Literature (16th –early 17th c.): Overview of Primary Sources and Changing Methods of Study // Anthropology of the Peoples of America: Sources and Historiography. Moscow, Nov 11–12, 2015. Abstracts and Materials from the Symposium. Moscow, 2015. P. 73–74.
 3) History of Brazil
  • The Fall of the Bragança Dynasty in Brazil. In: Vokrug Sveta (= Around the World), 2009, no. 5, pp. 114–122.
  • Question-Answer: What Does Brazilian Flag Mean; Why Brazil is Called So. In: Vokrug Sveta (= Around the World), 2009, no. 5, p. 84.
  • Liudmila Okuneva, Olga Okuneva. Three Capitals in the History of Brazil: Transfer of the Metropolitan Functions in the Historic Retrospective. In: Irina Konovalova (ed). Transfer of a Capital: Historic Experiences of the Geopolitical Planning. Abstracts and Materials from the Conference held on 2013, October 28-29. Moscow, Institute of World History; Aquilon, 2013, pp. 106–115.
  • Abolition of Slavery in Brazil. In: World History in 6 volumes. Ed. in chief Alexander O. Chubarian. Vol. 5: World in the XIXth Century: toward Industrial Civilization (edited by Velikhan S. Mirzekhanov). Moscow, Nauka, 2014, pp. 744–745.
  • Liudmila Okuneva, Olga Okuneva. Brazil. In: Russian Historic Encyclopaedia (ed. by Alexander Chubaryan). Vol. 3. Moscow, Olma Media Group, 2016, pp. 219–235.
  • Liudmila Okuneva, Olga Okuneva. Not Only a Translation: Some Considerations on the Russian Edition of Boris Fausto’s “História concisa do Brasil”. In: Ibero-Romanic Studies. Vol. 15: On the Anniversary of Portuguese Studies in Moscow State University. Moscow, Max Press, 2016, pp. 124–141.
 TRANSLATION:
  • Boris Fausto. The Concise History of Brazil. Translation from Portuguese into Russian by Liudmila and Olga Okuneva; introduction by Boris Komissarov, afterword by Liudmila Okuneva. Moscow, Ves’ Mir, 2013. 448 p.
4) French in the Scientific and Intellectual Life in Russia, XVIIIth –XXth Centuries
  • Les Français dans la vie intellectuelle et scientifique en Russie, XVIIIe–XXe siècles (sous la direction d’A. Tchoubarian et F.-D. Liechtenhan; coord. O. Okouneva). Moscou, Olma Media Group, 2010. 384 p.
  • Les Français dans la vie intellectuelle et scientifique en Russie au XIXe siècle / sous la direction d’A. Tchoubarian, F.-D. Liechtenhan, V. Rjeoutski et O. Okouneva. Moscou, Institut d’histoire universelle, 2013, 387 p.
  • Les Français dans la vie intellectuelle et scientifique en URSS au XXe siècle / sous la direction d’A. Tchoubarian, F.-D. Liechtenhan, S. Coeuré et O. Okouneva. Moscou, Institut d’histoire universelle, 2013, 353 p.
  • Сherpitel N., Okouneva O. Henri Brocard, entrepreneur français à Moscou : parfumeur et collectionneur. In : Les Français dans la vie intellectuelle et scientifique en Russie au XIXe siècle / sous la direction d’A. Tchoubarian, F.-D. Liechtenhan, V. Rjeoutski et O. Okouneva. Moscou, Institut d’histoire universelle, 2013, pp. 368-382.
 Member of the Editorial Bord:
  •  Volume in honor of academician Alexander Chubarian on the occasion of his anniversary. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2012. 378 p.
  •  Electronic Scientific and Educational Journal «History». Volume 4 (27), 2014. Dossier: Scientists, Knowledge and Power in Colonial and Continental Empires (Velikhan S. Mirzekhanov, Olga V. Okuneva, Samuel B. Volfson eds). – URL: http://www.history.jes.su/s207987840000711-1-1. See also the paper edition of this issue: Moscow, Integration: Education and Science, 2015, 267 p.
  • World History in 6 volumes. Ed. in chief Alexander O. Chubarian. Vol. 5: World in the XIXth Century: toward Industrial Civilization (edited by Velikhan S. Mirzekhanov). Moscow, Nauka, 2014, 935 p.
  •  History of Spain. Vol. 2: From the War of the Spanish Succession to the Beginnings of the XXIth Century (Mikhail A. Lipkin, Olga V. Volosiuk, Ekaterina E. Yurchik eds). Moscow, Indrik, 2014, 816 p.
  •  Universitas Historiae. Collection of Articles in Honor of Pavel Yu. Uvarov. Moscow, Institute of World History, 2016.

Okuneva Olga
Okuneva Olga