Online Film screening -- Queer Taxonomies: Gender and New Post-Soviet Cinema

The University of Pittsburgh (REEES, Slavic, Russian Film Symposium) invite you to this screening and discussion by leading figures in Russian cinema and queer studies, Friday and Saturday, 5-6 November.  Registration and free ticket information is below.  Hope to see you there.  Cordially, Nancy Condee



Queer Taxonomies: Gender and New Post-Soviet Cinema

This film symposium will contribute to a broader understanding of sexual normativity in Russia, whether our working understanding of that category operates with a notion of “queer” as endlessly fluid or whether it is identified with fixed boundaries across historical breakpoints. Join us for the screening of two films and follow-up discussions with filmmakers and scholars on three questions. We will explore how our understanding of queer theory is rooted in definitions within contemporary US culture, ask whether queerness lends itself to a transregional definition, and consider what Russian queer cinema can reveal about unacknowledged Anglo-American assumptions. 


· Zoom registration for Friday's Brief welcome and panel

o Order tickets to the Friday screening

· Zoom registration for Saturday's Brief welcome and panel

o Order tickets to the Saturday screening:


Friday, 5 November, 1 PM – 3.30 EST

The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Russia, 2018, dir. Natasha Merkulova and Aleksei Chupov)

  • Discussants:     Todd W. Reeser, Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program University of Pittsburgh 

Dan Healey, Professor of Modern Russian History, University of Oxford


Saturday, 6 November, 1 PM – 3.30 EST

Come On, Scumbags (Kazakhstan, 2013, dir. Madina Mustafina)

  • Introducer:       Madina Mustafina, Director and Cinematographer
  • Discussants:     Frank G. Karioris, Faculty, The Branson School

Nick Davis, Associate Professor of English, Northwestern University