Ellina Sattarova


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Email: Ellina.Sattarova@dal.ca
Mailing Address: 
McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4R2

Ellina Sattarova is an instructor of Russian language, literature, and culture at Dalhousie University. She received her Ph.D. in Slavic and Film Studies, as well as a Ph.D. certificate in Cultural Studies, from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include contemporary Russian cinema, the work of Russian necrorealists, and the transformations of the trickster figure in Central Asian cinema. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Biopolitics in Contemporary Russian Cinema, in which she investigates the increasing interest of contemporary Russian filmmakers in the fraught relationship between human life and political power.


Ph.D. Film and Media Studies; Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh (August 2020)
M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh (December 2015)
M.A. Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures with a concentration in German, University of Montana (May 2013)


2019: Second Prize in the Humanities Division of the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Three-Minute Thesis Competition, U of Pittsburgh
2018-2019: Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship, U of Pittsburgh
2017-2018: Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, U of Pittsburgh
2016-2017: Ivan Elagin Memorial Fellowship, U of Pittsburgh
2010-2011: Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, U of Montana

Courses Taught

Russian Film: From Stalin to Putin
Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture
Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Introduction to Film
Indo-European Folktales
Russian Fairy Tales
Elementary Russian
Intermediate Russian
Advanced Russian
Fourth-Year Russian
Elementary German

Representative Publications

“Russia’s Quiet Other: Dmitrii Mamuliia’s Another Sky and Aleksandr Kott’s The Test.Cinemasaurus: Recent Russian Film in its Contemporary Context. Eds. Nancy Condee, Aleksandr Prokhorov, Elena Prokhorova. Boston: Academic Studies Press, April 2020.

Review of Vlad Strukov, Vera Zvereva, eds.: Ot tsentral'nogo k tsifrovomu: Televidenie v Rossii. Slavic and East European Journal 60.2 (2016): 379-80.

Review of Jeremi Szaniawski’s The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox. Slavic and East European Journal 59.2 (2015): 322-24.

Work in Progress

“The Soviet Zombieland; or, The Politics of Necrospectacle.” Article manuscript in progress.

Representative Conference Presentations

June 2019. NECS. “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Andrei Zviagintsev’s Leviathan as a Database Narrative.” Gdansk.

December 2018. ASEEES. “Church, State, and the Body: Biopolitics of Religion in the Cinema of Andrei Zviagintsev and Kirill Serebrennikov.” Boston.

June 2018. NECS. “Filming the Death Agony of the Soviet Union: Necrorealism, Chernukha, and the Afterlife of Socialist Realism.” Amsterdam.

May 2018. CSA. “Policing the Body: The Biopolitics of Contemporary Russian Cinema.” Pittsburgh.

April 2017. “Upstaging the Carnival: A Bakhtinian Take on Necrorealist Biopolitics.” 50th Jubilee: The Russian Major at The University of Montana. Missoula.

March 2017. SCMS. “The Soviet Zombieland; or, The Politics of Necrospectacle.” Chicago.

November 2015. ASEEES. “Reinterpretations of National Folklore: Hoca Nasreddin in Post-Stalinist Films from Central Asia.” Philadelphia.

February 2015. GOSECA. “Alice in Uglyland: Moscow as a Failed Dreamscape in Anna Melikian’s Mermaid.” Pittsburgh.