PhD seminar with Stephen Norris: Blockbuster History 2.0: Movies, Patriotism, and Politics in the Era of Putin 2.0


Guest lecture and PhD seminar with Prof. Stephen Norris (Miami University) on movies and politics in modern Russia.

10.15–11.30: Guest lecture: All are welcome

12:15–14:00: PhD seminar (2 or 3 ECTS): Registration required

Register for the PhD seminar here by the end of 1 March

Stephen Norris. Photo by Amalia Stevens

About the lecturer

Stephen Norris is Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History and Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University (OH). His research interests explore the relationship between nationhood, images and propaganda in Russia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Norris will talk about the state of Russian popular cinema during the era of Putin 2.0 (2012-present). Building on his previous work, Blockbuster History in the New Russia, which examined the rise of Hollywood-style blockbusters in Russia between 1998 and 2008, this presentation will analyze the major changes in the politics of memory since 2012. He will discuss how Russian patriotic cinema has become much more state-centered in its use of historical memory.


09:45: Coffee

10:15-11:30: Guest lecture (see link for more info)

11:30-12:00: Coffee

12:00-14:00: PhD seminar for registered participants (lunch included)


The PhD seminar for registered participants yields 2 or 3 ECTS, depending on whether you wish to submit a paper:

a) Attendance without paper (2 ECTS):

  • Read the course material in advance + attend guest lecture + attend seminar and participate actively in the discussion.

b) Attendance with paper (3 ECTS):

  • All of the above + submit a short paper (800-1000 words) to by 1 March + present paper in the seminar (5 mins)

Note that all PhD students, postdocs, researchers and students in area studies, media, film studies, history, visual culture, literature, sociology, and political science are welcome to attend the open guest lecture: (10:15-11:30), organized by Discourses of the Nation and the National.

Reading list

  • Lipman, M. (2016). How Putin Silences Dissent: Inside the Kremlin's Crackdown. Foreign Affaires, 95(38), 38-46
  • Norris, S. M. (2012). Blockbuster History in the New Russia: Movies, Memory, and Patriotism: Indiana University Press (introduction, chapters 6 and 7, and conclusion - to be distributed by permission from the author)
  • Nancy Condee's posts on recent Russian cinema, "Cold Snap: Russian Film after Leviathan": Part I and Part II.
Published Jan. 18, 2018 11:13 AM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2019 10:54 AM