Christine Goelz is a Senior Researcher at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO, Germany), where she currently co-ordinates the interdisciplinary project Playgrounds of Insubordination. Topographies and Expressions of Counter-Publicity in East Central Europe. She studied East Slavic Studies, Modern German Literature and Pedagogy at the universities of Tuebingen, Munich, Moscow and Hamburg. She completed her doctoral thesis on the poetry and self-conception of Anna Akhmatova in 1999. The focal points of her research are the poetics of classical modernism, the semiotic and intermedial aspects of ‘Soviet childhood’ in the 20th and the 21st centuries, narratological concepts of the author, of space, and of literary character. She is currently researching the topic of ‘fool/rogue/idiot character’ and space in contemporary East Central European literatures and film. She is the co-editor (with Karin Hoff and Anja Tippner) of Films of Childhood – Childhood in Film. Examples from Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe (Peter Lang, 2010).