Soviet Science Fiction and Russian Film seminars at UCL SSEES

UK-based readers of this blog will be enthused to hear about a series of three seminars organized by Professor Julian Graffy and Dr Philip Cavendish at UCL SSEES under the auspices of the Russian Cinema Research Group, which holds regular seminars during termtime. In the current semester, on 5th March, Andrei Rogatchevski (Glasgow) will speak on ‘The Strugatskii Brothers’  Khromaia sud´ba and Arkadii Sirenko’s Iskushenie B’. Alistair Renfrew (Durham) will discuss the ‘Attack of the Soviet Bs: Corman, Cosmos, and the American Mainstream’ on March 12th. See here for more details of these and many other interesting SSEES seminars. (Confession: I gave the first seminar in this series, on Konstantin Lopushanskii’s apocalyptic films, on Feb 6th).

If you can’t wait until Andrei Rogatchevskii’s talk, Sirenko’s Iskushenie B (The Temptation of B) is available to watch on YouTube here. This film and a vast range of others are, additionally, available to watch in SSEES’s extensive Russian film library, by prior arrangement with university staff.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sibelan
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 15:57:49

    Sounds wonderful!

    For those who can’t make it to London but are close enough to Princeton, NJ: Consider attending the Great Experiment Conference, organized by Robert R. MacGregor and Ksenia Tatarchenko in the History of Science Program, February 10 and 11:

    Among many other highlights of this event: the opening address and talk by Loren Graham, “Lonely Ideas: Russia’s Trap.”


  2. Sibelan
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 15:58:55

    Hmmm, the link I entered seems not to have taken. Another try:


  3. elena
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 00:52:30

    actually, UK readers of this blog also will be pleased to find out that soon enough one of the first SCI-FI movies METROPOLIS(1927) will be streamed throughout UK at , but this time its gonna be a remake of 1984 by outstanding Giorgio Moroder. You should check it out! I highly recommend to see this masterpiece!


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