Online-Vortrag: „Kira Muratova’s Queer Cinema: Conceptualising Embodiment.“

14. Dezember 2021

Vortragsreihe der Forschungsgruppe „Gender Politics”

14.12.2021, 13:00 Uhr

Forschungsgruppe „Gender Politics”

Die Online-Vortragsreihe der Forschungsgruppe „Gender Politics” wird fortgesetzt: Am Dienstag, 14. Dezember um 13 Uhr hält Prof. Dr. Vlad Strukov den Vortrag „Kira Muratova’s Queer Cinema: Conceptualising Embodiment.“

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Muratova’s films have been included in the auteur canon, on the one hand, and have been employed in the analysis of (post-)Soviet cultures, on the other. For example, her films have been considered in the context of chernukha cinema, or in the context of the twenty first century sexuality politics, namely, her collaboration with Renata Litvinova. Indeed, Muratova had supplied films that question patriarchal structures and point at the possibility of non-binary relations as we find already in her Brief Encounters. Yet her films have not been examined from the perspective of queerness which I understand here as an embodied experience of other sexualities with a distinct agenda of transgression. In this paper I will consider Muratova’s cinema through the prism of queer theory and queer film theory. I will conceptualise the ways in which Muratova works with non-heteronormative sexuality. Starting with a reflection on Muratova’s queer characters I will move to investigate Muratova’s queer world building. The paper will make a contribution to current theories of queer world building which are about being in the world and also constructing worlds. The analysis will be informed by my recent research on contemporary cinema as well as research on queer visual culture.

Vlad Strukov is an Associate Professor in Film and Digital Culture at the University of Leeds. He has previously been a visiting professor / researcher at the Universities of Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Moscow, and Pittsburgh. He is also an independent art and film curator. He makes regular appearances in international media such as Al Jazeera, American Public Radio, BBC, and RBK. He is the founding and principal editor of an international journal, ‘Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media’ ( He explores theories of empire and nationhood, global journalism and grassroots media, consumption and celebrity by considering the Russian Federation and the Russian-speaking world as his case study. In the last two years he has published the following books: ‘Contemporary Russian Cinema: Symbols of a New Era’, ‘Memory and Securitization in Contemporary Europe’, ‘Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline’, and ‘Building New Worlds: Industry and Visual Culture’.

Benedikt Reuse | 17.11.2021