Yngvar Bordewich Steinholt was born April 26th 1969 in Bodø. Grew up in Mosjøen 1971-84, then moved north to Tromsø. Studied Russian, German and Literary Studies at Tromsø University 1989-96. Cand. Philol. degree in Russian Language and Literature from May 1996 with the dissertation "Saftutpresseren" on rock lyrics by Konstantin Kinchev.
Worked as consultant and interpreter for border police and customs 1996-1999. Freelancer based in Aarhus, Denmark 1999-2000. Defended doctoral project at Bergen University in November 2004 and received the Doctor Artium degree.
In summer/autumn 2005 he was involved in preparations for Austrian filmmaker Elisabeth Guggenberger's projected cinema documentary on Russian rock. Plans shelved following the mysterious disappearance of Guggenberger in 2007.
Senior lecturer in Russian literature and cultural history at Bergen University 2005-2006. Since August 2006 back in Tromsø. Associate professor in Russian culture and literature at Dept. of Russian Studies, Institute of Culture and Literature, Tromsø University. Teaches older Russian history, Russian literature, and contemporary Russian culture.
Research interests include, contemporary Russian culture and literature, popular music studies, film, rock music, punk, madness, and the fall of the Soviet Union.
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