Nancy Condee

Chair, Fall 2017

PhD, Yale University 1980

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Condee is a scholar of contemporary Russian culture, cinema, and cultural politics,  Director of Graduate Studies (Slavic), and Director of Global Studies (UCIS).


• 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


Condee, Nancy. Imperial Trace: Recent Russian Cinema. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Smith, Terry, Okwui Enwezor, and Nancy Condee, eds. Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Condee, Nancy, Executive Producer. Kino ottepeli [Thaw Cinema]. Marina Trush and Artem Grishanin, Producers. Studio Artima (Moscow), 2002. CD-Rom data-base on Thaw cinema (300 films, 2000 illustrations; 130 posters; 17 video fragments; memoirs and interviews).

Balina, Marina, Nancy Condee, and Evgenii Dobrenko, eds. Endquote: Sots-Art Literature and Soviet Grand Style. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2000.

Condee, Nancy, ed. Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late Twentieth Century. Russia. Bloomington/London: Indiana UP and British Film Institute, 1995.

Research Interests

Contemporary Russian cinema

Empire and postcolonial theory

Contemporary culture

Late Soviet culture

Representative Conference Presentations

• University of Groningen (Netherlands). Keynote talk. “Cop Angst: Working Through and Acting Out.” Suffering, Agency, and Memory in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Films (Memory at War multi-year, international collaborative project funded by HERA). 22-23 March 2012

• Cambridge University (Kings College, UK). Conference Memory and Theory in Eastern Europe. Paper entitled “City-Cemetery, or the New Enchantments of Russian Landscape.” 5 July 2011

• Universität Passau (Germany). “Kontranimy vnutrennoi kolonizatsii (o russkom kino)” [“The Contranyms of Internal Colonization (on Russian Cinema)”]. International conference Vnutrenniaia kolonizatsiia Rossii. 25 March 2010

• UNESCO International Forum on the Social Science/Policy Nexus: Social Sciences, Social Transformation, Social Policies. Buenos Aires (Argentina). Keynote entitled “Hollywood, Moscow: Cultural Innovation as Resistance to Change?” 20-24 February 2006

• University College Melbourne. The Melbourne Conferences: Modernity and Narratives of Soviet Power. Paper entitled “Sloughing off the Imperial Coil: Sokurov and Death.” 6 July 2006