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Masha Salazkina, PhD

Professor (Film Studies), Cinema
Concordia University Research Chair in Transnational Media Arts and Cultures

Masha Salazkina's work incorporates transnational approaches to film theory and cultural history with a focus on the historical relationship between the Socialist bloc and countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Her first book In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein's Mexico (University of Chicago Press, 2009) positions Eisenstein's unfinished Mexican project and theoretical writings within the wider context of post-revolutionary Mexico and global cultures of modernity.
Her new book, World Socialist Cinema: Alliances, Affinities and Solidarities in the Global Cold War is coming out with California University Press in 2023. Through its analysis of the history and the programming of the Tashkent Festival of Cinemas of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the book argues for socialist cinema in the 1960s-1980s as a global phenomenon whose cultural and geopolitical networks extended across the three continents.   

Dr Salazkina has published essays in Cinema Journal, Film History, October, Screen, Framework, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and many edited collections on such topics as the geopolitics of film and media theory production; theorizations of World Cinema; history of film education; cinemas of solidarity and internationalism. She also co-edited Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema (2015) and Global Perspectives on Amateur Film Histories and Cultures (2022, both from Indiana University Press).

Her current research projects center on the reception of Latin American popular media in the Soviet bloc in the 1970s-1980s, and the shared history of the circulation of popular music across the Global South and the Socialist bloc.


PhD (Yale University)


internationalism; film festivals; film education; postsocialism

World Socialist CInema
Photo credit: University of California Press
In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein's Mexico
Photo credit: University of Chicago Press, 2009
Global Perspectives on Amateur Film Histories and Cultures
Photo credit: Indiana University Press

Teaching activities

Graduate seminars:

FMST 802 Global and Transnational Methods in Film and Media Research (PhD)

FMST 804 Cinemas of Global Socialism 

FMST807 Transnational Approaches to Media and Migration (PhD)

FMST807 Geopolitics of Film and Media Studies (PhD)

FMST600 Writing and Researching Cinema (MA)

FMST800 Film Education: Historical Approaches (PhD)

Undergraduate courses:

FMST412 Geographies of Cinema: Socialism and After 

FMST211 Film History to 1959

FMST 315 Contemporary Film Theory


Select recent writings (full text available online):

"World Cinema as Method" (2020, Canadian Journal of Film Studies vol 29 issue 2)

“Introduction: Global perspectives on amateur film cultures” (with Enrique Fibla), in Global Perspectives on Amateur Film Cultures, Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2020

-       “Eisenstein in Latin America” in The Flying Carpet. Studies on Eisenstein and Russian Cinema, eds. Joan Neuberger and Antonio Somaini, Éditions Mimésis, 2018.

-       “Transnational Genealogies of Institutional Film Culture of Cuba, 1960s-70s” in The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema, eds. Marvin D’Lugo, Ana M. López and Laura Podalsky, Routledge, 2018

-       “Translating the Academe: Conceptualizing the Transnational in Film and Media Studies” in The Multilingual Screen: New Reflections on Cinema and Linguistic Difference, eds. Lisa Patti and Tijana Mamula, Bloomsbury, 2016.

 “(V)GIK and the History of Film Education in the Soviet Union, 1920s-1940s” in Companion to Russian Cinema, ed. Birgit Beumers, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2016

-       “Tashkent ’68: A Cinematic Contact Zone” (with Rossen Djagalov), Slavic Review Special Issue on Soviet Geopoetics, 2016

-       “Dissonances in 1970s European and Latin American Political Film Discourse: The Aristarco-Garcia Espinosa Debate” (with Irene Rozsa) in Canadian Journal of Film Studies 24.2, 2015

-       “Estates General of Third Cinema: Montreal’74” (with Mariano Mestman) in Canadian Journal of Film Studies 24.2, 2015

-       “Geopolitics of Film and Media Theory in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization” in Framework 56-2, 2015


“Moscow, Rome, L’Havana: A Film Theory Roadmap” October 139, Winter 2012

- “Soviet-Indian Coproductions: Alibaba as Political Allegory. ”Cinema Journal 49. No 4, Summer 2010

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