- Tony Anemone
- Antithesis
- Oleg Aronson
- Peter Bagrov
- Andrew Chapman
- Nancy Condee
- Anton D'Auria
- Alyssa DeBlasio
- Julie Draskoczy
- Peter Kenez
- Olga Klimova
- Michelle Kuhn
- David MacFadyen
- Gerald McCausland
- Richard McNerny
- Elena Monastireva-Ansdell
- Benjamin Opie
- Petre Petrov
- Vladimir Padunov
- Varia Permyashkin
- Alexander Prokhorov
- Elena Prokhorova
- Tim Schlak
- Dawn Seckler
- Yadviga Semikolenova
- Natasha Sumetsky
- Dilyara Tasbulatova


Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages
College of William and Mary

Tony Anemone received his B.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught Russian  language, literature, film and Cultural Studies at William and Mary  since 1992.  In addition to numerous articles on Russian literature  (for example, on Konstantin Vaginov, Mikhail Bakhtin, Daniil Kharms, Boris  Poplavsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Leo Tolstoy) and culture (The  Kunstkamera of Peter the Great), he has written on the films of  Balabanov, Sokurov, and Aleksei German.  His recent review of Aleksei  German, Jr.'s Gaspartum appears in the April 2006 issue of KinoKultura.


The ensemble:

  Gabe Antkowski: flute
  Richard Dannenberg: cello
  Emily Hawkins: mallets,
  Vincent Lane: clarinet
  Jeff Morgan: bass, percussion
  Laura Santoro: bassoon
e Somerville: viola
  Alyssa Weisensee: flute 

CAPA Antithesis is a recently-formed new music ensemble based out of Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School. The group was formed to give a select group of students the chance to explore and perform new concepts in composition, improvisation, and notation.  As part of their debut recital in March 2006, the group played works by such vanguard composers as Anthony Braxton, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Sun Ra, as well as premiering new works composed by members of the ensemble. 


  Senior Research Associate and Senior Lecturer
Russian State Humanities University (RGGU)

Oleg Aronson was born in 1964 in Orsha (in present-day Belarus) into a family of physicians.  In 1986 he graduated from the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Moscow Institute of Railroad Engineering.  He worked as a system programmer (1986-89) and then as a research associate at the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, where he became a graduate student in 1990.  In 1997 he defended his dissertation, which focused on philosophical problems in the analysis of cinema.  Since 2004 he has been a senior research associate and senior lecturer at the Russian State Humanities University (RGGU).  His book publications include Bohemia: The Experience of Community.  An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Asocial (2002) and Metacinema (2003), with received a special prize from the Russian Guild of Film Scholars in 2004.  Amongst his articles are the Introductions to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Theorem (2002), Gilles Deleuze's Nietzsche and Philosophy (2003) and Cinema-1: Movement-Image.  Cinema-2: Time-Image (2004).  He has published in Cinema Notes (Kinovedcheskie zapiski), Art of Cinema (Iskusstvo kino), New Literary Review (Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie), The Blue Couch (Sinii divan), and others.  Several of his articles have been translated into English, German, and French.


  Junior Research Scholar
Institute of Art History (St. Petersburg

Peter Bagrov was born in Leningrad, USSR.  He became interested in film history while in high school.  He received his Master's degree in physics from the St. Petersburg Polytechnical University in 2005.  Since 2005 he has worked as a junior research scholar at the Institute of Art History (St. Petersburg) and has taught the history of Russian cinema at the St. Petersburg University of Film and Television.  He is working on his Ph.D. project at the Institute for Cinema Studies (Moscow). Peter is a member of the Editorial Board of Cinema Notes [Kinovedcheskie zapiski] and Seans.  Since 1999 he has published more than 50 papers and written a number of scripts for documentaries on film history for the Kultura television channel. His main area of interests is Soviet film, theater, and art history of the 1920s through 1950s.


Graduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Andrew Chapman received his B.A. in Russian from the University of Rochester in 2004.  He is currently a first-year graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.

  Director of the Program for Cultural Studies and faculty at the Slavic Department
University of Pittsburgh

Publications include Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late 20c. Russia (1995); Endquote: Sots-Art Literature and Soviet Grand Style, with Marina Balina and Evgeny Dobrenko (2000); and Antimonies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity, with Terry Smith and Okwui Enwezor (2007).

Her work, with Vladimir Padunov and separately, has appeared in The Nation, The Washington Post, October, New Left Review, Sight and Sound, as well as major Russian cultural journals (Znamia, Voprosy literatury, Iskusstvo kino).

She has worked as a consultant for the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Public Broadcasting for several Frontline documentaries and was Executive Producer for a CD-Rom database on Russian cinema, Kino ottepeli (2002). She is Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's (Oxford) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), the largest US grant agency for federal funding of basic research in the former second world.  


Carnegie Mellon University

Anton D'Auria is completing his B.A. in Russian Studies and B.S. in Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. He wrote on film for The Moscow Times Go! Magazine in the summer of 2004 and has been curating documentary films at Carnegie Mellon since 2004. He is currently taking courses on Russian literature and history, and researching turning points in the Stalinist Great Terror. He has also done research in computer science at the Language Technologies Institute at CMU and at Dartmouth College.


  Graduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Alyssa DeBlasio received a B.A. from Villanova University in Philosophy in 2003. She is currently a second-year graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh and a co-editor of the journal Studies in Slavic Cultures. Alyssa's current projects include research on contemporary Russian philosophy, early Russian film, and ritual theory.



Graduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Julie graduated from New York University in 2002 with a BA in Comparative Literature and Russian and Slavic Studies. After working as an editorial assistant in New York on an encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, she began a PhD program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research interests include: the GULag, Yiddish culture, life-writing, propaganda film and samizdat literature.


Professor of History
University of California, Santa Cruz

Peter Kenez left Hungary in 1956 as a 20-year old.  He received his B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. in Russian history from Harvard University.  He has been teaching at the University of California Santa Cruz since 1966, where he is currently Professor of History.  His publications include Hungary Between Hitler and Stalinism (2006), Cinema and Soviet Society from the Revolution to the Death of Stalin (2nd expanded edition, 2000), A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End (1999), Stenberg Brothers: Constructing a Revolution in Soviet Design (with Christopher Mount, 1997), Varieties of Fear: Growing Up Jewish under Nazism and Communism (1995), The Birth of the Propaganda State: Soviet Methods of Mass Mobilization, 1917-1929 (1985), Civil War in South Russian, 1919-1920 (1977), and Civil War in South Russia, 1918 (1971).


  Graduate Studentt
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Olga Klimova is a first year graduate student at the
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. She received her Specialist degree in Cultural Studies from Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, and her Master's degree in Popular Culture from Brock University, Canada, and in August 2005 defended her thesis "The Encounter with The Real and the Post-Soviet Trauma: Fantasy Construction in Russian Popular Cinema." 

Her research interests include cultural theory; gender and feminist theories; Lacan and Zizek; Russian popular culture; post-Soviet cinema and much more.

Olga worked as a coordinator and a project manager at the Center for Gender Studies of the European Humanities University, Belarus, in 1999 and 2001-2002.

She has taught a number of film and gender courses at the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, and currently teaches Russian language courses at the University of Pittsburgh's Slavic Department.


  Graduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Michelle Kuhn received a B.A. in Russian and International Relations from College in 2002 and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She is currently a third-year graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.


  Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of California, Los Angeles

David MacFadyen is a graduate of the University of London and University of California, Los Angeles. He is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA and has authored books on subjects ranging from the poetry of Joseph Brodsky (Joseph Brodsky and the Baroque, 1999; Joseph Brodsky and the Soviet Muse, 2000), to Russian popular songs (Red Stars: Personality and the Soviet Popular Song after 1955, 2001; Èstrada?! Grand Narratives and the Philosophy of the Russian Popular Song 1982-2000, 2001; Songs for Fat People: Affect, Emotion and Celebrity in the Soviet Popular Song, 1900 to 1955, 2002), to animated and feature films of the Soviet Union (The Sad Comedy of Èl'dar Riazanov: An Introduction to Russia's Most Popular Filmmaker, 2003; Yellow Crocodiles and Blue Oranges: Russian Animated Film after World War Two, 2004).


  PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Gerald McCausland holds degrees from Middlebury College (BA, Political Science; MA Russian) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (MA, German). At the University of Pittsburgh he has taught courses in Russian language and folklore as well as the history of Russian cinema. His research interests include contemporary Russian culture and critical theory, with particular emphasis on post-Soviet subjectivity and its role in the formation of collective identities. His publications include articles on Vladimir Sorokin, Viktor Pelevin, and Andrei Platonov, and he is currently completing his PhD dissertation: The Post-Soviet Condition: Cultural Reconfigurations of Russian Identity, at the University of Pittsburgh.

  Faculty director for CAPA Antithesis

Rick is a 2000 graduate of Duquesne University, with a BA in sound recording technology and jazz guitar performance.  He is a partner and engineer at Epigram 154 L.L.C Recording Studio, and has engineered and produced a variety of CD releases. At CAPA High School, he teaches recording technology, sound design, and live sound technology. His current creative work included playing, composing, and even singing with the Dirty Sunshine, G-Sus and the 12-Tone Apostles, and Transcending Angers Rudimentary Desire. 

Visiting Assistant Professor
Bowdoin College

Elena Monastireva-Ansdell received her Ph.D. from Indiana University.  She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College where she teaches Russian culture, literature, and film.  Her publications on contemporary Russian film and Thaw cinema have appeared in KinoKultura and The Russian Review.  She enjoys the serenity of sea-kayaking in her free time. 


Faculty director for CAPA Antithesis

Ben has a long history of creative involvement in Pittsburgh's music community. Active as a saxophonist and composer, his current ensembles include Thoth Trio, OPEK, Syrinx Ensemble, and Dust & Feathers. He has previous played, recorded and toured with Water Shed 5tet and Coal Train, among others. In 1996, he was awarded the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award, for his work as composer and player. His composition commissions included a debut by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is currently on staff at CAPA High School and Carnegie Mellon University, teaching music technology, electronic music, scoring, and avant-garde techniques. 



Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Associate Director, Film Studies Program
Director, Russian Film Symposium
Deputy Editor, KinoKultura

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 and Russia.

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).  His areas of research include Russian visual culture, narrative history and theory, film history.

Recent publications
"Storing and Restoring History: Gosfil'mofond and the 10th Belye Stolby Archival Film Festival." KinoKultura 12 (April 2006).

"Imperial Acorn —> National Oaks: The Eighth KinoForum."  KinoKultura 9 (July 2005).

"Stars Above Almaty: Kazakh Cinema Between 1998 and 2003."  KinoKultura 3 (Jan 2004).

"Moscow's Silver Anniversary: XXV Moscow International Film Festival (20-29 June 2003)." KinoKultura 1 ( July 2003).

"Subtropical Cinema: Kinotavr, Collective Heroes, and Small Screens," with Nancy Condee. KinoKultura 1 (July 2003).

"Views of the Present As Visions of the Past," Iskusstvo kino 10, 1996.

"'Large Loose Baggy Monsters': The Poetics of Excess in Contemporary Russian Culture" in Russian Literature of the XX Century: Directions and Tendencies (Ekaterinburg: Ural State Pedagogical University, 1996).


  Undergraduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Linguistics

Varia Permyashkin is a Linguistics major in her third year at the University of Pittsburgh.  Currently, she is studying Modern Greek as her fourth language and intends to study abroad in Rhodes, Greece in the summer of 2006.  This is her second year as an intern for the Russian Film Symposium.


  PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

  Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages
College of William and Mary

Alexander Prokhorov teaches Russian culture and film at College of William and Mary.  His research interests include Russian visual culture, genre theory, and film history.  His articles and reviews have been published in Kinokultura, Slavic Review, and Slavic and East European Journal.



Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Richmond

Elena Prokhorova is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond.  Her research interests include Russo-Soviet media and culture.  She has published articles in Slavic Review, SEEJ, and in edited anthologies.


  Graduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Library Science

Tim is currently a library science graduate student in the University of Pittsburgh's Information Science program and hopes to complete his coursework in Russian literature and librarianship sometime in 2007. He intends to pursue a career in Slavic bibliography.



PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Dawn Seckler holds degrees from Colby College (BA, Russian Studies) and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, Russian Literature).  She is currently working toward a doctorate in Russian cinema; her research focuses on contemporary Russian cinema, with particular emphasis on film genre theory and masculinity studies.



  Yadviga Semikolenova is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh. She is writing her dissertation on issues of development of the oil sector in the former USSR. Her areas of interest include applied microeconomics, industry studies, economics of information and industrial organization.

Her academic awards and grants include Mellon Fellowship (2003-2004), Thorn Teaching Award (2003), Short-Term Research Grant from Kennan Institute (summer 2004), Teach and Research Grants from Economic Education and Research Consortium (EERC) (Summer 2004 and Summer 2005).

She was a visiting scholar at Kiev-Mohyla Academy (Kiev, Ukraine) in summer 2004 and Summer 2005 as well as at Eurasia Foundation-Azerbaijan (Baku, Azerbaijan) in Spring 2004.

She has been volunteering for Russian Film Symposium since 200


  Undergraduate Student
University of Pittsburgh
Dept. of Psychology and Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Natasha Sumetsky plans to receive her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures in April of 2007 and to attend graduate school for psychology some time after that. This summer, she will be doing research on the dichotomies of national and other identities in Pittsburgh and New York City.


  Film critic

Dilyara Tasbulatova was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, where she graduated from school and worked in a factory before being accepted into the Screenplay-Film Scholarship section of the State Institute for Filmmaking (VGIK) in Moscow.  After graduation she worked at the Kazakhfilm Studio and the journal New Film.  She moved permanently to Moscow in 1993 and worked for the journal Ogonek, Channel One Television, and the newspapers Novaia gazeta and Vecherniaia Moskva.  She is currently the film critic for the weekly news-magazine Itogi and covers the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice Film Festivals.  She has written almost two thousand articles on cinema and has received awards for "Best Film Journalist in Russia" (2002) and "Best Film Critic in Russia" (2000).