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Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network


Reader in Russian Studies

Department of Slavonic Studies

The University of Cambridge



Emma Widdis’s research explores how early Soviet cinema was part of a broader revolutionary project aiming to reconstruct the sensory experience of the Soviet viewing subject.

Recent publications:

Socialist Senses: Film, Feeling and the Soviet Subject, 1917-53 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017). 

'Making Sense without Speech: Silence in Early Soviet Sound Film', in Lilya Kaganovsky and Masha Salazkina, eds., Music in Soviet and Post Soviet Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014).

'Child's Play: Pleasure and the Soviet Hero in Savchenko's A Chance Encounter', Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2012), pp. 319-331

'Socialist Senses: Film and the Creation of Soviet Subjectivity', Slavic Review, Vol. 71, No. 3 (2012), pp. 590-618

'Sew Yourself Soviet: The Pleasures of Texture in the Machine Age', in Petrified Utopia, ed. by Evgenii Dobrenko and Marina Balina (London: Anthem Press, 2009)

'Faktura: Depth and Surface in Early Soviet Set Design', Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2009), pp. 5-32


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