Denis Saltykov

Denis Saltykov is a PhD candidate in Film and Media at the University of Pittsburgh; he also studied Sociology in the graduate school of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow). His current research interests are sociological theories of cinema, film genre studies, and politics of contemporary popular culture. His publications have appeared in Studies in the Fantastic, KinoKultura, New Literary Observer, and Sociology of Power. His research focuses on Russian films that provoke the audiences to treat the given work as a cult object.

Education & Training

  • MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2020
  • MA, Philosophy, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), 2015
  • MSc, Information Management, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, 2012
  • BA (Licentiate), Cybernetics and Economic Informatics, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, 2010

Representative Publications

“Privatized Violence in the New Russian Cinema” in Nancy Condee, Alexander Prokhorov, and Elena Prokhorova, eds. Cinemasaurus: Russian film in contemporary context. Academic Studies Press, 2020. 117–133.

“The Living Dead in Post-Soviet Cultural Consumption” in Studies in the Fantastic, 7(1), 2019, 89–104.

Abramov, Roman, Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, and Denis Saltykov. “Gendered Identities Among Medical Professionals in Post-Socialist Russian Cinema” in Yulia Gradskova and Ildikó Asztalos Morell, eds. Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies. Routledge, 2018. 231-244.

Research Interests

Contemporary Russian Cinema
Film and New Media Audiences
Popular Culture and Critical Theory
Cult and Horror Film