Oksana Sarkisova

Academic Rank: 
Visiting Professor

Dr. Oksana Sarkisova is Research Fellow at Blinken OSA Archive at Central European University, Director of Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest (www.verzio.org), and co-founder of Visual Studies Platform at CEU (vsp.ceu.edu). Her fields of research are cultural history, memory and representation, film history, amateur photography, and visual studies. She authored Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia (2017), co-edited Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989 (2008), and has published in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes on film history, nationality politics, contemporary Russian and Eastern European cinema, and amateur photography. She teaches courses on visual theory, memory politics and Eastern European cinema, documentary cinema and human rights, and documentary filmmaking for historians. She has been visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) and Williams College (USA), and organized Verzio Visual Lab workshops since 2010 at OSA. She directed CEU Summer Schools Documentary Cinema in the Digital Century (2013) and Screened Memories: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Visual Culture (2016) and was invited as tutor to hold workshops at Cinema Without Borders (organized by Movies that Matter and Karama HRFF), Caucadoc, and Summer School on Cinema and Human Rights (Galway); she also served as Jury member at International Film Festivals in Nuremberg, Kiev, Zagreb, Warsaw, and Venice.

Select publications:

Books

  • Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989, Budapest: CEU Press, 2008 (co-edited with Peter Apor)
  • Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia, London: I. B. Tauris, 2017.

Book Chapters

  • “The Adventures of the kulturfilm in Soviet Russia” in Birgit Beumers (ed.), A Companion to Russian Cinema, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
  • “Arctic Travelogues: Conquering the Soviet North” in Scott MacKenzie, Anna Stenport (eds.) Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic. Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp. 222-234.
  • “Soviet Past in Domestic Photography: Events, Evidence, Erasure” (with Olga Shevchenko) in Olga Shevchenko (ed.) Double Exposure: Memory and Photography. Transaction Publishers, 2014, pp. 147-176.
  • “Sing with Us, Spend like Us! Images of Consumption in East European Musical Films during the Cold War” in Magdalina Waligorska (ed.), Music, Longing and Belonging: Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm. Cambridge Scholar Publishers, 2013, pp. 12-27.
  • “Soviet Cultural Policy in Musical Theatre and Cinema, 1917-1938” in Philipp Ther (ed), Die Geschichte der Kulturpolitik. Die kontinentalen Imperien in Europa im Vergleich. (Die Gesellschaft der Oper. Musikkultur europäischer Metropolen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert Band 10) Wien – Köln – Weimar: Oldenburg Böhlau 2012.
  • “Filming a Liveable Past: The 1970s–80s in Contemporary Russian Cinema” in Stefan Berger, Chris Lorenz, and Billie Melman (eds.), Popularizing National Pasts, 1800 to the Present.New York, London: Routledge, 2012, pp 249-266.
  • “Cine-intellectuals or cine-proletariat? Ideological Allegiances and Professional Identities in early Soviet Cinema,” in: Fiona Björling & Alexander Pereswetoff-Morath (eds), Words, Deeds and Values: the Intelligentsias in Russia and Poland during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Lund: LundUniversity, Dept. of East and Central European Studies, 2005, pp. 253-68.
  • “Inter-national Loyalties: A/Olexander Dovzhenko’s Films in the Context of the Nationality Policy in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s” in: Peter Roubal and Vaclav Veber (eds.), Prague Perspectives (I). History of East Central Europe and Russia. Prague, 2004, pp. 237-254.
  • “Long Farewells: The Anatomy of the Soviet Past in Contemporary Russian Cinema” in Oksana Sarkisova and Péter Apor (eds.) Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989, Budapest: CEU Press, 2008, pp. 143-180. 

Journal Articles 

  • “Taming the frontier: Alexander Litvinov’s expedition films and representations of indigenous minorities in the Far East,” in Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema,  9:1 (2015): 2-23
  •  “Searching for a Soviet Past: Amateur Photography and Family Memory”, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie 131 (2015) (in Russian, with Olga Shevchenko)
  • “‘They came, shot everyone, and that’s the end of it’: Local Memory, Amateur Photography, and the Legacy of State Violence in Novocherkassk” Slavonica Vol. 17 (2011) (with Olga Shevchenko).
  • “Folk Songs in Soviet Orchestration: Vostokfil'm’s Song of Happiness and the forging of the New Soviet Musician” in Studies of Russian and Soviet Cinema 4:3 (2010): 261-281.
  • “Between Elias and Foucault: Discipline, Photography, and the Soviet Childhood”, Social Psychology Quarterly 73 (2010): 1-4 (with Olga Shevchenko).
  • “The Soviet Past in Amateur Photography: The Work of Memory and Forgetting,” Otechestvennye Zapiski 4 (43) 2008, pp. 205-217 (with Olga Shevchenko, in Russian).
  • “Across One Sixth of the World: Dziga Vertov, Travel Cinema, and Soviet Patriotism” in October 121 (2007): 19-40.
  • “Life As It Should Be? Early Non-fiction Cinema in Russia,” Medien und Zeit 1 (2003): 41-61.
  • “Early Soviet Kulturfilms: the ‘cine-conquest’ of Caucasus,” Kulturologicheskie Zapiski, 1 (2003) (in Russian).
  • “Archäologie eines vergessenen Konzepts: discursive und institutionelle Entwiklung des  Kulturfilms in Russland,” Spurensuche. “Zauber der Exotik”: Aspekte ihrer Popularisierung Heft 1-4  (2002): 64-89.
  • “Tell Me Who Your Enemy Is. Chechen War in Russian Cinema,” Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, 26/6 (2002): 94-101.
  • “Edges of Empire: Representations of Borderland Identities in Early Soviet Cinema” in: Ab Imperio 1 (2000): 167-186.
  • “Present Perfect or Present Progressive? Temporality in Early Soviet Avant-Garde Visual Arts,” in: Helena Goscilo and Michael Brewer (eds), Studies in Slavic Cultures 1 (2000): 103-132. 

Encyclopaedia and Handbook Entries 

  • “A Sixth Part of the World,” Pamir: Roof of the World,” “In Spring,” “The Court of Honour” entries in Birgit Beumers (ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2, 2015.
  • “Conflicting Pasts: Programming Retrospectives at the Verzio Film Festival” in Alex Marlow-Mann (ed.) Archival Film Festivals. Film Festival Yearbook 5. St Andrews Film Studies, 2013.
  •  “Vertov the Traveller: a Modern Nomad” in Thomas Tode and Barbara Wurm (eds), Dziga Vertov. The Vertov Collection at the Austrian Film Museum. Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum, 2006, pp. 17-21.
  • “Grenzeprojektionen: Bilder von Grenzgebieten im sowjetischen Film” in: Die Wieser Enzyklopädie des europäischen Ostens, volume XI, edited by Karl Kaser, Dagmar Gramshammer-Hohl, Robert Pichler. Klagenfurt: Wieser-Verlag, 2003, pp 439-467.

Qualification

Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude, History Department, Central European University, Budapest
M.A. in Nationalism Studies, Central European University, Budapest
M.A. in Sociology, Moscow State University, Moscow