Nancy Condee


PhD, Yale University 1980

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Condee is a scholar of contemporary Russian culture, cinema, and cultural politics.  She is a member of the Film Studies Program and Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES).


• 2011. Modern Language Association (MLA) Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures

• 2010. Annual research prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award)

• 2007-2009. Appointment to Oxford University (New College) Research Network: Russian National Identity Since 1961: Traditions and Deterritorialisation. Multi-year international research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)

• 2004. British Academy Visiting Fellow: Oxford University (St. Antony’s College)

• 2000-2002. Ford Foundation Grant on Globalization and Popular Culture

Courses Taught

Outside Capital: Postmodernism as Second-World Practice

Anti-Imperialist Empire: Formations of Second-World Culture

Cultural Studies Common Seminar: Intellectual Orthodoxy

Stalin Culture; Thaw, Stagnation, and Perestroika


1. Condee, Nancy. “La question du cinéma « post-Balabanovien ».” In Eugénie Zvonkine, ed. Cinéma russe contemporain, (r)évolutions. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2017.

2. ---. “3 Questions: Russian intellectual history as a practice and project (Historia Nova Interviews).” All the Russias. Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (New York University); 7 August 2017. Online at http://jordanrussiacenter.org/news/3-questions-russian-intellectual-history-practice-project-historia-nova-interviews/#.WZDyq7pFzmQ

3. ---. “Knowledge (imperfective): Andrei Zviagintsev and Contemporary Cinema.” In Birgit Beumers, ed. Companion to Russian Cinema. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2016. 565-84.

4. ---. “Cold Snap: Russian Film after Leviathan.” All the Russias. Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (New York University); 22 July 2015. Online at http://jordanrussiacenter.org/news/cold-snap-part-russian-film-leviathan/#.Va_c_vlViko

5. ---. “The Russian Pavilion at Cannes 2015: Film Politics after Leviathan.” KinoKultura 49 (2015); http://www.kinokultura.com/2015/49-condee.shtml#16.

Research Interests

Contemporary Russian cinema

Empire and postcolonial theory

Contemporary culture

Late Soviet culture

Representative Conference Presentations

• University of St. Andrew (UK). “Russian Cine-Politics (2017): Memory, Amnesia, and Risk.” 16 November 2017.

• University of Sheffield (The Prokhorov Centre for the Study of Central and Eastern European Intellectual and Cultural History, UK). Keynote: “Modernities: That Thing They Once Called Europe.” Constructing Europe(s): The Cultural Borders of Western and Eastern Europe Past, Present, and Future. 26-27 May 2017.

• University of London (Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, UK). “Moral Repository.” Urban Change. 10-12 May 2017.

• Yale University (European Studies Council, Carnegie Foundation, Film and Media Studies). Film Colloquium with Russian director Natalia Meshchaninova. 10 March 2016.

• Princeton University. REEES and Slavic. Post-Soviet Russian Cinema: Theory and Practice. Talk entitled “Russian Cinema 2015: Challenges, Trends.” 11 December 2015.

• Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Russian State Humanities University (RGGU), New Literary Review Publishers (NLO), Prigov Fund. “’Peace and Friendship’: Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Prigov in the Twilight Years of American Sovietology” [“’Mir i druzhba: Dmitrii Aleksandrovich i zakat amerikanskoi sovetologii”]. Fifth Annual Prigov Days (75th Anniversary of the Birth of D.A. Prigov (5-7 November 2015). Muzeon Complex, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. 6 November 2015.

• Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow). “Custodian of Memory: Russian Cinema and the Politics of Recall.” 2 November 2015.

• New York University. 2015 Distinguished Lecture. Jordan Center for Advanced Russian Studies. “Property Rites: Russian Culture Today and the Politics of Seizure.” 25 September 2015.