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
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

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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