Thomas Lahusen

Professor Emeritus
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Areas of interest

  • Russia
  • East Asia
  • Empires, Colonialisms and Indigeneity



Thomas Lahusen (PhD, Lausanne, Switzerland [EE/Rus]), Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto) has taught at the Department of History, Centre of Comparative Literature, and CERES. His present research interest focuses on the historical novel as a source of national representation, with special examples from Central Asia, Poland, and Russia. He is also working  on a history of  Soviet itinerant cinema. 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), Postsocialist Landscapes: Real and Imaginary Spaces from Stalinstadt to Pyongyang (2020) 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), Manchurian Sleepwalkers (2018), Screening from Within (2018), and Freudental (2020), all produced by Chemodan Films (