Rossen Djagalov

Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
B.A. 2002, Williams College (Russian and Astrophysics); Ph.D. 2011, Yale University (Comparative Literature)

Office Address: 19 University Place, 214
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Phone: 212-998-8729

Areas of Research/Interest
(post-)Soviet culture, Second-World modernity, Soviet-Third World literary and cinematic engagements, media history of international leftist culture, Marxism

Bio:
Rossen's interests lie in socialist culture globally and, more specifically, in the linkages between cultural producers and audiences in the USSR and abroad. His manuscript, “Premature Postcolonialists: Soviet-Third-World Literary and Cinematic Encounters in the Age of Three Worlds,” reconstructs the history of the main organizations within which those encounters took place–the Afro-Asian Writers’ Association (founded in Tashkent in 1958) and the biannual Tashkent Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Film (1968-1990)–and their consequences for Soviet and Third-World literature and film. His second book project, “The People’s Republic of Letters: Towards a Media History of Twentieth-Century Socialist Internationalism,” examines the relationship between the political left and the different media that at different times played a major role in connecting its publics globally (the proletarian novel of the first half of the 20th century, the singer-songwriter performance of the 1960s, and contemporary documentary film). He is a member of the LeftEast editorial collective. Prior to coming to NYU, Rossen was a lecturer at Harvard’s History and Literature Program, a Penn Humanities Forum postdoctoral fellow, and an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Koç University, Istanbul.

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