Erin Alpert is a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. . She received
her BA in Russian Studies from the College of William and Mary and
MA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include
documentary cinema, GULAG studies and Holocaust studies and she
is currently writing her dissertation on Perestroika and Post-Soviet
Tony Anemone is Associate Professor of Russian Language
and Literature at The New School. He is the editor of Just Assassins:
The Culture of Terrorism in Russia (Northwestern UP, 2010)
and author of numerous articles on Russian culture (Peter the Great
and the Kunstkamera), literature (Tolstoy, Nabokov, Vaginov, Kharms,
Utopia) and cinema (German, Balabanov). He is a member of the editorial
boards of Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema and Kinokultura,
where he regularly contributes film reviews. With Peter Scotto,
he is the translator and editor of "I am a Phenomenon quite
out of the ordinary:" The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of
Daniil Kharms (forthcoming by Academic Studies Press).
Irina is currently a fourth-year graduate student
at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures. She received her BA Degree in European and American
Literature from Saratov State University in 2001 and PhD in Comparative
Literature (with the emphasis on African American literature) from
the University of South Carolina in 2008. She has published in such
journals as The Comparatist, Slavic and East European
Journal, and Kinokultura. At the University of Pittsburgh,
she has taught courses on Russian literature and culture. She has
also taught courses in Women’s Studies and World Literature at the
University of South Carolina. Her current research interests include
Russian Postmodernism, gothic/fantastic in Russian literature and
culture, utopias, Russian empire, postcolonial theory, and African
Drew Chapman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a BA in
Russian from the University of Rochester (2004) and MA in Russian
Literature from the University of Pittsburgh (2007).
His research interests include contemporary Russian and Soviet film,
urban culture and everyday life, and Russian and Soviet satire.
He is currently writing his dissertation on narratives of queuing
and waiting in Soviet culture.
Slavic Department; Director of Global Studies (Title
VI NRC). Publications include The Imperial Trace: Recent Russian
Cinema (Oxford, 2009); Antimonies of Art and Culture: Modernity,
Postmodernity, Contemporaneity, co-edited with Terry Smith
and Okwui Enwezor (Duke, 2008); Endquote: Sots-Art Literature
and Soviet Grand Style, co-edited with Marina Balina and Evgeny
Dobrenko (Northwestern UP, 2000); Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual
Culture in Late 20c. Russia, ed. (BFI/Indiana UP, 1995). She
is Executive Director of the CD-rom on Thaw cinema, Kino ottepeli
(Moscow: Artima Studio, 2002).
Her work, with Vladimir Padunov and separately, has appeared in
The Nation, The Washington Post, October, New Left Review, Sight
and Sound, and PMLA, as well as major Russian cultural
journals (Ab imperio, Znamia, Voprosy literatury, Novoe literaturnoe
obozrenie, Iskusstvo kino). She has worked as a consultant
for the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Public
Broadcasting for several Frontline documentaries.
Chip Crane is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre Arts
at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies
from Georgia State University and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance
Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published articles
and reviews dealing with Soviet, Russian, and Ukrainian theatre
and cinema in KinoKultura, Performing Arts Resources, Slavic
and East European Journal, Text and Presentation, Theatre Journal
and Theatre Survey. He is presently writing his dissertation
on the relationship of the Blue Blouse amateur theatre movement
to spatial practices in the early Soviet Union.
Maxwell Culbertson is an undergraduate student in the Russian Major
at the University of Pittsburgh. His interests include film, literature,
television, and chess.
Beach Gray is a PhD student in the Department of Slavic
Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds
an MA in Russian Literature from the University of Pittsburgh (2011)
and a BA in Russian Studies from Williams College (2007). His research
interests include advertising and consumer culture in contemporary
Russian visual media, object theory, and documentary cinema.
Randall Halle is the Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German
Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His research
interests include German visual culture and film theory, critical
theory, queer theory, and social philosophy. His essays have appeared
in journals such as New German Critique, Screen, German Quarterly,
and Film-Philosophy. He is the co-editor of After the
Avant-Garde (Camden House, 2008), Light Motives: German
Popular Film in Perspective, and the double special issue of
Camera Obscura on Marginality and Alterity in Contemporary
European Cinema (44 & 46). He is the author of Queer
Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno (U
Illinois, 2004) and German Film after Germany: Toward a Transnational
Aesthetic (U Illinois, 2008).
Kiun Hwang holids a B.A. in Russian language and literature
from Yonsei University in Seoul(2005) and an M.A. in Russian language
and literature from Yonsei University in Seoul
(2008). She is currently a first year student at University of Pittsburgh
in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research
interests include Russian empire and imperialism in post-soviet
culture, contemporary literature, museums and urban construction.
Olga Kim is a first-year graduate student in the Department
of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.
She holds a BA and MA in Russian Language and Literature from the
Seoul National University. Her research interests include contemporary
Russian literature and film, Central Asian cinema, national identities
and nationalism in Soviet and post-Soviet space, visual and network
Olga Klimova is a PhD candidate at the Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. She also has PhD
Certificates in Cultural Studies and Russian and East European Studies,
and has completed all the requirements for the PhD Certificate in
Film Studies. Olga received her Specialist Degree in Cultural Studies
from Belarusian State University in Minsk, Belarus, her MA in Popular
Culture from Brock University in Canada, and an MA degree in Russian
Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.
Olga has taught a number of film and gender courses at the Department
of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University,
and language, literature, and culture courses at the University
of Pittsburgh’s Slavic Department. She is currently writing her
PhD dissertation on Aesopian language and Soviet youth films under
Brezhnev and doing research on contemporary Polish youth cinema.
Her other research interests include Stagnation cinema and literature,
Russian youth culture, post-Soviet popular culture and popular cinema,
Belarusian cinema, cultural representations of trauma, Chernobyl
culture, Uzbek cinema, and theories of spectatorship.
John MacKay is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and
Film Studies and Chair of the Film Studies Program at Yale University.
He is the author of Inscription and Modernity: From Wordsworth
to Mandelstam (Indiana University Press, 2006), Four Russian
Serf Narratives (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009), and
articles on Soviet film, film theory, and biography. He is almost
finished with Dziga Vertov: Life and Work (Indiana University
Press), and just completed True Songs of Freedom: The Russo-Soviet
Reception of Uncle Tom's Cabin (University of Wisconsin Press).
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Gerald McCausland teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, where
he directs the Russian language program. He holds degrees from the
University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D., Russian), Middlebury College (BA,
Political Science; MA Russian) and the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst (MA, German). His publications include articles on Vladimir
Sorokin, Viktor Pelevin, and Andrei Platonov as well as translations
and film reviews. His current research focuses on post-Soviet Russian
identity in contemporary literature and film, particularly on the
question of how a psychoanalytically informed study of literature
and cinema can illuminate the dynamic relationship between a social
collective and its cultural production.
Daniel Morgan is an assistant professor of film studies in the
Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His book,
Late Godard and the Possibilities of Cinema, will be published
in 2012 by University of California Press, and he has written articles
on the history of film theory and other topics.
Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Associate Director, Film Studies Program
Director, Russian Film Symposium
University of Pittsburgh
Padunov received his B.A. from Brooklyn College, and his M.A. and
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He has taught
at the University of Iowa and Hunter College, as well as in Germany
Together with Nancy Condee, he directed the Working Group on Contemporary
Russian Culture (1990-93), supported by the American Council of
Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. His work
has been published in the US (The Nation, October, WideAngle),
the UK (Framework, New Left Review, New Formations), and
Russia (Voprosy literatury, Znamia, Iskusstvo kino, Novaia gazeta).
His areas of research include Russian visual culture, narrative
history and theory, film history.
Elena Petrovskaya, PhD, is Head of the Department of Aesthetics
at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Her major fields of interest are contemporary philosophy, visual
studies, North American literature and culture. Among other books,
she is the author of The Unapparent: Essays on the Philosophy
of Photography (2002), Anti-photography (2003), and
Theory of the Image (2010). She is the compiler, editor, and
co-translator of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Corpus (1999) and Gertrude
Stein’s selected writings (The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
Picasso. Lectures in America. Moscow, 2001). Since 2002 she
has been editor-in-chief of the biannual theoretical journal Sinii
Todd Reeser is an Associate Professor in the Department of French
and Italian, and the inaugural Associate Director of the Humanities
Center, where he is currently serving as Acting Director. He completed
his graduate work in French Studies at the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor in 1997. Reeser’s research interests lie largely in
the areas of gender and sexuality broadly conceived, especially
in the early modern period, and he is interested in the various
intersections between the ancient world, the Renaissance, and modern
theoretical concepts. He is the author of Moderating Masculinity
in Early Modern Culture (University of North Carolina Press,
2006) and Masculinities in Theory (Blackwell, 2010).
Natalia Ryabchikova is a second-year graduate student
in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University
of Pittsburgh. She received her BA in Film Studies from the Russian
State University of Cinematography (VGIK, Moscow) in 2008. In 2003-2008
she worked as a film critic for the Russian Internet newspaper Utro.ru,
and since 2005 she has worked as an interpreter for the Moscow International
Film Festival. She has published articles on Soviet film history
in Kinovedcheskie zapiski and Studies in Russian and
Soviet Cinema. Her research interests include Soviet film production
in the 1920s, and theory and practice of Sergei Eisenstein.
Educated in Russian literature and film studies at the University
of Pittsburgh (M.A., PhD.), Dawn Seckler now teaches at Williams
College in the Berkshires. Her primary research interests are film
genre theory, masculinity studies, and the Russian film industry
of the late- and post-Soviet periods. Seckler’s publications include
articles on the post-Soviet Russian melodrama, on the problematic
status of genre cinema in Russian film history, and the “Hollywoodization”
of the Russian cinema industry in the 21st century. She regularly
contributes film reviews for Kinokultura. Seckler currently
serves as the president of the Working Group on Cinema and Television.
Igor' Soukmanov graduated from the Belarusian State University
in 1992 and completed his graduate studies at the All-Russian State
Institute for Filmmaking (VGIK) in 1996 with a degree in film history
(Lilia Mamatova’s workshop). Between 1999-2004 he hosted weekly
shows on film on several FM radio stations and TV channels in Minsk.
Since 2010 he has been the full-time Program Director of the Minsk
International Film Festival, curating of special programs, filmmaker
retrospectives, and selecting internationally acclaimed feature
films for competition. He is currently taking courses on film history
and film criticism at the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian
State University. His recent publications include articles and reviews
in Iskusstvo kino.
Elise Thorsen holds a B.A. in Russian Studies from
the College of William & Mary (2006) and an M.A. in Russian
Literature from the University of Pittsburgh (2009). This is her
fifth year of graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh's Department
of Slavic Languages & Literatures. Her dissertation will focus
on the evolution of poetic representation of space in the early
Soviet Union and its relationship to the Russian experience of empire.
Her research interests also include Stalinist cinema and neo-imperial
discourses and aesthetics in contemporary Russia
Theodora Kelly Trimble completed a double B.A. in Russian and Slavic
& East European Studies from West Virginia University (2009).
She received her M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
from University of Michigan (2011). She is a first year student
at University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures. Her interests include Russian popular culture,
film and television, gender studies, sexual culture, and diaspora
Vladislav "Slava" Tsukerman is a Russian film director.
He was born in the Soviet Union and emigrated in 1973 with his wife,
Nina Kerova, to Israel. In 1976 he moved to New York City. He is
best known for producing, directing, and writing the screenplay
for the 1982 cult film Liquid Sky. He also directed the
2004 documentary Stalin’s Wife (about Nadezhda Alliluyeva)
and the 2008 film Perestroika. Prior to making Liquid
Sky, Slava had a successful career as a documentary and TV
film maker in the USSR and Israel. The screenplay was written by
Slava Tsukerman, his wife and ubiquitous co-producer Nina V. Kerova,
and Anne Carlisle, who also enacted the film’s two leading roles.
The director of photography, Yuri Neyman, a Russian émigré, was
the DP and special effects expert. Anne Carlisle also wrote a novel
based on the movie in 1987.
Nina Tsyrkun has PhD in Philosophy. She is a film critic and translator.
Nina is the director of the Sector of Contemporary Screen Arts at
the Institute for Cinema Studies (Moscow) and a member of the editorial
boards of Kinovedcheskie zapiski and Iskusstvo kino.
She is the author of several books, including Shattering the
Rational, Elizabeth Taylor, Armen Dzhigarkhanian in Film and Life,
The Wounded Beast: Pier Paolo Pasolini and His Films, Ranevskaia,
From Paris with Love: Luc Besson and His Films. Her articles
regularly appear in the journals Seans, Iskusstvo kino, Kinovedcheskie
zapiski, and others.
Jeremy Woodruff (B.M. Boston University, M.F.A. Brandeis
University, M.Mus. Royal Academy of Music, London) studied composition
with Michael Finnissy from 1999 – 2001 and Ethnomusicology at the
Conservatorium van Amsterdam 2002 - 2004, with field research in
Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore, India. In 2004 he moved to Berlin
where he has been a guest lecturer at the University of the Arts,
UdK and Conservatory, HfM “Hanns Eisler.” He is director and teacher
at the Neue Musikschule Berlin. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate
at the University of Pittsburgh. He is co-editor and co-moderator
of the monthly radio broadcast ‘Lautstrom’ with Anna Bromley on
reboot.fm. 88.4, free cultural radio Berlin, interviewing artists,
composers and musicologists about their interdisciplinary sound
work. His own creative work with artists has recently been featured
at the Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunst Hier und Jetzt in Wolfsburg, Pittsburgh
Filmmakers, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Clocktower Gallery
in New York and in the Venice Biennale 2011. Jeremy is also an active
composer and performer of experimental/electronic music. His writings
have been published by Klangzeitort (Berlin) and by Verlag für Moderne