SAS UTMN to hold an open course on historical & sci-fi films

International 11 April 2019
The course "Visions of the Past, Histories of the Future in Historical & Sci-Fi Films" will be taught in English by SAS professors Evgeny Grishin, Duskin Drum, and Peter Jones.  

This team-taught open course is a series of lectures about temporal imagination in popular historical and science fiction films. Exploring narratives of our past and present in contemporary cinema, we will discuss a series of recently produced historical feature films about Russia and Western Europe, and science fiction films. The course will go beyond true/false or realistic/nonrealistic dichotomies often applied to analyses of historical narratives and future scenarios. We will examine how these narratives tell about and reveal contemporary convictions, imaginations, and anxieties. We will consider how these imaginary temporalities enable both escapism and, potentially, cognitive estrangement to reassess contemporary situations. This open course also offers an elective seminar for SAS students.

The course “Visions of the Past, Histories of the Future in Historical & Sci-Fi Films” will be taught at the School of Advanced Studies from 16th of April until 6th of June, every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. The course is taught in English. Free and open admission. Participants will receive a certificate of the course completion issued by SAS if they attend regularly. 

Evgeny Grishin is a historian of Europe and Russia in the period of early modernity with particular interests in language, religion, and materiality.

Duskin Drum is an interdisciplinary scholar, artist, performer, and the author of “Ecology. Technology. Anime” online course.

Peter Jones is a cultural historian, specializing in the religious, political, and intellectual life of medieval Europe (c.500–1500).

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