Ellina Sattarova

Ellina Sattarova is a Ph.D. Candidate in the interdisciplinary Film Studies and Slavic Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation project investigates what can be termed a biopolitical turn in recent Russian cinema—the increasing interest of contemporary Russian filmmakers in the relationship between human life and political power.

Education & Training

  • M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh (December 2015)
  • M.A. Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures with a concentration in German, University of Montana (May 2013)
  • BA, Linguistics; Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures. Moscow State Linguistic University, 2009

Courses Taught

  • Russian Film: Stalin to Putin
  • Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture
  • Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature 
  • Introduction to Film
  • Indo-European Folktales
  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • Elementary Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Advanced Russian
  • Fourth-Year Russian
  • Elementary German

Representative Publications

“The Soviet Zombieland; or, The Politics of Necrospectacle.” Article manuscript in progress.

“Russia’s Quiet Other: Dmitrii Mamuliia’s Another Sky and Aleksandr Kott’s The Test.Cinemasaurus: Recent Russian Film in its Contemporary Context. Eds. Nancy Condee, Aleksandr Prokhorov, Elena Prokhorova. Boston: Academic Studies Press, April 2020. In press.

Review of Vlad Strukov, Vera Zvereva, eds.: Ot tsentral'nogo k tsifrovomu: Televidenie v Rossii. Slavic and East European Journal 60.2 (2016): 379-80.

Review of Jeremi Szaniawski’s The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox. Slavic and East European Journal 59.2 (2015): 322-24.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Russian Cinema
  • Late Soviet Cinema
  • Necrorealism
  • Biopolitics
  • Central Asian Cinema

Representative Conference Presentations

June 2019. NECS. “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Andrei Zviagintsev’s Leviathan as a Database Narrative.” Gdansk.

December 2018. ASEEES. “Church, State, and the Body: Biopolitics of Religion in the Cinema of Andrei Zviagintsev and Kirill Serebrennikov.” Boston.

June 2018. NECS. “Filming the Death Agony of the Soviet Union: Necrorealism, Chernukha, and the Afterlife of Socialist Realism.” Amsterdam.

May 2018. CSA. “Policing the Body: The Biopolitics of Contemporary Russian Cinema.” Pittsburgh.

April 2017. “Upstaging the Carnival: A Bakhtinian Take on Necrorealist Biopolitics.” 50th Jubilee: The Russian Major at The University of Montana. Missoula.

March 2017. SCMS. “The Soviet Zombieland; or, The Politics of Necrospectacle.” Chicago.

November 2015. ASEEES. “Reinterpretations of National Folklore: Hoca Nasreddin in Post-Stalinist Films from Central Asia.” Philadelphia.

February 2015. GOSECA. “Alice in Uglyland: Moscow as a Failed Dreamscape in Anna Melikian’s Mermaid.” Pittsburgh.