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Thomas Lahusen

Professor, Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

Phone

416-978-8102

Fax

416-946-8963

Location

Room 319N, 1 Devonshire Place



Biography

Thomas Lahusen (PhD, Lausanne, Switzerland [EE/Rus]) is Professor at the Department of History and Centre of  Comparative Literature. His research interests focus on the  multi-faceted experiences of “real socialism” and other forms of  “totalitarian” culture during the twentieth century. His publications include How Life Writes the Book: Real Socialism and Socialist Realism in Stalin’s Russia (1997) and the following co-edited collections: Late Soviet Culture: From Perestroika to  Novostroika (1993), Intimacy and Terror: Soviet Diaries of the 1930s  (1995), Socialist Realism without Shores (1997), What Is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories (2008), and a number of special journal issues, including “Aube Rouge: Les Années Trente en Extrême-Orient soviétique” (Revue d’etudes slaves, 1999), “Harbin and Manchuria: Place, Space, and Identity” (South Atlantic Quarterly, 2001), “Harbin: Histoire, Memoire et Difference” (Revue d’etudes slaves, 2001). He has also co-directed several documentary films, including The Province of Lost Film (2006-08); Komsomolsk mon amour (2007); The Photographer (2008); The Interim Country (2010-11), In Search of Roubakine (2012), all produced by Chemodan Films (www.chemodanfilms.com). He is presently working on a monograph devoted to the history of Soviet film exhibition and on two documentary films. The first is devoted to the state-wide effort in the People’s Republic of China to use digital media for education and entertainment in geographical areas and social settings where positive state presence has declined; the second deals with the “memory industry” relative to the remembrance of former foreign residents of North-East China, including Japanese, Russians, Poles, and the Jewish diaspora.

Research interests

Twentieth Century History (political, social and cultural). History of North East China

Awards and distinctions

Distinguished Professor Eurasian Cultural History, 2013-2018
Distinguished Professor Eurasian Cultural History, 2009-2013
Canada Research Chair in History, Arts and Culture (Tier-1), 2002–2008

Selected Publications

Socialist Realism without Shores (Duke UP, 1997)

How Life Writes the Book: Real Socialism and Socialist Realism in Stalin’s Russia (Cornell UP, 1997)

“Harbin and Manchuria: Place, Space, and Identity.” Special issue of TheSouth Atlantic Quarterly, 2001)

What Is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories (LIT Verlag, 2008)

Courses

Soviet Cultural History
Problems of Real Socialism
Memory, Trauma, and History
Displacements: A Journey from St. Petersburg to Los Angeles



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