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Masha Salazkina, PhD

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

Masha Salazkina, PhD
Office: S-FB 413-3 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5590

Masha Salazkina's work incorporates transnational approaches to film theory and cultural history.

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. She  co-edited the collections Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema and Global Perspectives on Amateur Film Histories and Cultures (both from Indiana University Press).

Dr Salazkina has published essays in Cinema Journal, Film History, October, Screen, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, KinoKultura, and many edited collections on topics such as geopolitics of film and media theory; theorizations of World Cinema; political histories of amateur film production, history of film festivals of Asian, African, and Latin American Cinema;  international networks of radical political filmmakers in the 1960s-70s; Soviet-Italian film institutional exchanges; the history of the Soviet film institute (VGIK); translations of Marxist film theory in Italy and Cuba; the reception of Soviet culture in Latin America; Soviet-Indian film co-productions. She has also been coordinating translations and publications of film writings from around the World.

Her current research centers on the shared cinematic cultures of global socialisms and in the 20th century. 


PhD (Yale University)


postcolonialism; decolonial approaches to cinema; transnational approaches to film history and theory, Soviet film, Latin American cinemas, "Third Cinema," history of film festivals, Marxist cultural discourses, theories of globalization and modernity, history of film education; postsocialism; amateur film cultures.

Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema
Photo credit: Indiana University Press, 2014
In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein's Mexico
Photo credit: University of Chicago Press, 2009

Teaching activities


Select recent writings (full text available online):


-       “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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