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.

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, Framework, 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; history of film education; translations of Marxist film theory and reception of Soviet culture in Italy and Latin America; Soviet-Indian film co-productions. 

Her current research projects center on the shared cinematic cultures of global socialism in the 20th century and the reception of popular media from the Global South in the socialist bloc in the 1970s-1980s. 


PhD (Yale University)


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.

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
Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema
Photo credit: Indiana University Press, 2014

Teaching activities

Graduate seminars:

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):


-       “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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