UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Russian Cinema Research Group

SSEES's Russian Cinema Research Group was founded in the autumn of 2002.

The Russian Cinema Research Group draws upon the holdings of the UCL SSEES Video and DVD collection and on the expertise of staff working on Russian film in SSEES, UCL and other British universities.

The research group holds regular work in progress seminars and welcomes visiting scholars working in the field. It has hosted over 100 speakers, from the UK, Russia, the USA, Kazakhstan, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Hungary, Norway and Ukraine.

Day/Time: Mondays, 18:00 - 19:30
Venue: Masaryk room/Zoom

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Recent Events

Autumn 2023 Term
Spring Term 2023
06 February 2023

(Re)discovering Ukrainianness

Hutsul highlander playing the trembita in the Verkhovyna district, pre-1939
20 February 2023

Fridrikh Ermler’s Balzac in Russia: an eccentric chapter of Soviet film history

A collage of photos relating to 'Balzac in Russia'
6 March 2023

Ornament as National Form in Late Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein illustration
Autumn Term 2022
24 October 2022

K/INOSTRANTSY: Towards a New History of the Early Cinema in the Empire of All the Russias

A screenshot from L`Khaim (1910)
05 December 2022

Decolonizing Film History: Ukrainian Contexts for the Decadent Cinema of the Russian Empire

Screenshot from the movie Last Tango (edited)
12 December 2022

Ecstasy and Abstraction: Sergei Eisenstein’s Quest for Pathos and Emile Zola’s Naturalist Prose

Sergei Eisenstein
Spring Term 2022
30 May 2022

Two Absent Funerals: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema of the 1960s

Nina Alisova as a mother in The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
16 May 2022

Cinematic Depopulation as a Variety of Cultural Imperialism

A photo of Yuri Shevchuk
24 February 2022

Pathography: Renata Litvinova’s narratives of illness

Adam Mickiewicz University
Autumn Term 2021
13 December 2021

A conversation with Catriona Kelly

Soviet Art House cover
15 November 2021

Digital Restoration and Colour Grading – Implications for Film Studies with Daniel Bird

Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project
Spring Term 2021
Spring 2021 

25 January 2021,

6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Heterotopia DAU: Cinema, Crisis and Isolated Spaces

With Alexandre Zaezjev (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia University, New York, USA)

01 February 2021,

6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Women of Tomorrow? Female Film Professionals in Pre-revolutionary Russia

With Dr Anna Kovalova

10 May 2021, 5:30pm

Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin

With Dr Anna Toropova

Autumn Term 2020

02 November 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Translating ‘Queer Theory’ into Russian

Misha Yakovlev (University of Warwick)

07 December 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

DAU: Excess, Hysteria, Destruction

Roundtable discussion of Ilya Khrzhanovskiy’s DAU project with Birgit Beumers (Aberystwyth), Philip Cavendish (UCL SSEES), Natascha Drubek-Meyer (Berlin), Michał Murawski (UCL SSEES) and Eugénie Zvonkine (Paris VIII). Moderated by Rachel Morley (UCL SSEES)

Spring Term 2020

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

3 February

The Adventures of Classical Film Plotting in the Land of the Bolsheviks

Maria Belodubrovskaya (University of Chicago)

Autumn Term 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

11 November

Who Are the Russians in the Documentaries? Analysing the Everyday in Russian TV Documentary Films

 Anastasia Kriachko Roeren (University of Oslo)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

9 December

From Editor to Director: Esfir Shub’s Compilation Trilogy Through the Lens of Its Contemporary Reception

Anastasia Kostina (Yale University)

Spring Term 2019
18 February 2019, 6 - 8pm, Room 347Nathan Brand - Promising a better yesterday? Conservative Readings of Russian Auteur Blockbusters
18 March 2019, 6 - 8pm, Room 347Adelaide McGinity-Peebles - ‘You’re not supposed to like us, you’re supposed to fear us’: Recent cinematic representations of the state in the provincial Russian town
Autumn Term 2018
15 October 2018, 6 - 8pm, Room 347Sergei Kachkin Being Independent in Russian Filmmaking
10 December 2018, 6 - 8pm, Room 347Serian Carlyle - The Labours of Mother Russia: Pregnancy in Russian and Soviet Cinema
Spring Term 2018
19 February 2018, 6-8pm, Room 433Samuel Goff
Girls on the run: gender, emotion and spectatorship in 1930s fizkul'tura film
19 March 2018, 6-8pm, Room 433Natasha Poljakowa (Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften)
From Censorship to Exhibition: German Films and the Ideological Control over Foreign Film Repertoire in the Soviet Union during the 1920s
23 April 2018, 6-8pm, Room 433Alex Graham (UCL SSEES)
Gennadii Shpalikov and the Cinema of Impossibility: Auteurism, Cinephilia and Politics from VGIK to Lenfil'm
Autumn Term 2017
16 Oct 2017, 6-8pm Room 433

Screening Soviet Nationalities - talk by Dr Oksana Sarkisova

17 Nov 2017, 5-7pm Room 433Stanislav Menzelevskyi (Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, Kyiv) VUFKU: Lost and Found. The Forgotten History of Ukrainian Avant-garde Cinema in the 1920s and 1930s
20 Nov 202016-1717, 6-8pm Room 433

Eleanor Rees (UCL SSEES)
Authenticity and Set Design in Early Russian and Soviet Fiction Film

Past Events

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