Lida Oukaderova

Assistant Professor of Art History
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Co-Director of Cinema and Media Studies
Ph.D. (2005) University of Texas at Austin
M.A. (1999) University of Texas at Austin
Magister (1997) Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany
251B Herring Hall

Research Areas

History and Theory of Film; History of European Cinema; Russian and Soviet Cinema

Lida Oukaderova specializes in the history and theory of film, with particular focus on European and Russian cinema.  She recently finished her book The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw: Space, Materiality, Movement, which examines conceptions of space in Soviet film of the 1950s and 1960s. The book pursues close readings of key films of the period in the context of contemporaneous spatial developments, including shifts in architecture and urban planning; developing interest in urban mobility; new pushes to “conquer” nature, and the gender-driven organization of private and public environments. Among the directors examined are Mikhail Kalatozov, Georgy Danelia, Kira Muratova and Larisa Shepitko; the book also includes a chapter on critical debates surrounding Soviet panoramic cinema.

Dr. Oukaderova has began working on her next book, The Space of Ethics in Soviet/Russian Cinema, which traces the evolution of modes of ethical looking in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema from the 1960s on, including works by Marlen Khutsiev, Kira Muratova, and Andrei Zviagintsev; the book also examines Soviet documentary films related to the history of post-colonialism and the countries of the “third world.”