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Jan Levchenko

  • Jan Levchenko has been at HSE University since 2009.

Education and Degrees

  • 2004

    PhD in Cultural Studies
    University of Tartu

  • 2002

    European University in St. Petersburg

  • 1996

    Bachelor's in Semiotics and theory of culture
    University of Tartu, Dept. of Social Sciences

  • 1996

    University of Tartu

Theory and History of Visual Arts (first of all, Cinema)

Mass Culture in the XX c. and Movies

History of Ideas and Conceptions of XX c. Critical Theory

(Post)Soviet Film Criticism

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

 2005-2008 - "Hermitage"art magazine (Saint Petersburg), member of editorial board. I've got a diploma for contribution to the magazine conceptual improvement of the all-Russia Public Expert Council "Golden Heritage of Press" (witjin the framework of International exhibition "Press-2007").


Feb 2015 - June 2015. University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. A Scholarship of Mihail Prokhorov Fund. 'Theory Disguised in Prose: Russian Formalists in the 1930-50s'. (4 papers within conferences (Moscow, London, Budapest, Sheffield), 3 guest lectures (Tallinn, Edinburgh, Durham), preparing the texts on the topic.  


  • 2019
    «Что такое просвещение в век популизма» (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Нужно открывать общество: О проектах онлайн-образования в России
  • Смотреть и трактовать. Визуальная память недавнего прошлого (Калининград). Presentation: Кирпич под слоем краски: Воображаемое калининградского пространства
  • 2018

    Творчество Ивана Жданова: Философия, эстетика, поэтика (Барнаул). Presentation: Гипнотический фронтир: Пейзажная фотография Ивана Жданова и Энзела Адамса

  • 2016
    Кинотекст: Пространство фильма (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Конструированике ландшафта в среднеазиатском истерне
  • One Hundred Years of Ostranenie (Эрфурт). Presentation: The Automobilization of Theory: How a Car Became a Tool of Literary Analysis.
  • 2015
    XXIII Банные Чтения. Антропология массового психоза в модерных обществах (Москва). Presentation: Адаптация бреда. Как Виктор Шкловский учил новый советский язык
  • The Social Sciences since 1945 in East and West : Continuities, Discontinuities, Institutionalization and Internationalization (Будапешт). Presentation: Towards the (pre)requisites of Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School
  • Secondary Orality and Russian Media (Лондон). Presentation: Transcendent Voices in the early Soviet sound film
  • Russian Formalism & Eastern and Central European Literary Theory: A Centenary View (Шеффилд). Presentation: The Blind Theory. Russian Film Studies between Petersburg Formalism, Prague Structuralism, and its Moscow-Tartu Successors.

  • Эпоха "Великого перелома" в истории культуры (Саратов). Presentation: История с биографией. О попытке системной трансформации формализма в текстах Бориса Эйхенбаума 1920-х гг.
  • ASEEES Annual Convention (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Presentation: The Formalist Grown C(Old): What Victor Shklovsky Tried to Discover in His Latest Works
  • 2014
    American Association of Comparative Literature (ACLA). Annual Meeting 2014: Capitals (Нью-Йорк). Presentation: Biography as a capital of literary theory: On the Material of the Petersburg Formalist Triumvirate
  • The Methodology of Error. The 2nd International Seminar of the Working Group on 'Retro-formalism'. (Берлин). Presentation: Disappearing Formalism. Figures of Compensation in Viktor Shklovsky's Prose of the Early 1930s.

  • The Cold War and Entertainment Television (Париж). Presentation: This World Beyond: The Image of the West in Soviet TV series


Employment history

September 2014 - To date. National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE), Faculty of Humanities, School of Cultural Studies, Professor.

September 2009 - September 2014. National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Philosophy. Department of Cultural Studies, Professor/

September 2009 - October 2010. Press-Code Publishing Group. Odnako weekly. Department of Culture. Observer.

April 2009 - July 2009. The State University - Higher School of Economics (HSE), Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Cultural Studies. Part-time Professor.

November 2008 - July 2009. Sobesednik Publishing House, Sobesednik weekly. Vice-head of the department of culture, observer.

November 2006 - November 2008. Carmen Video Film Company, Art-director. 

September 2004 - August 2006. Sobaka Publishing House. Time Out Magazine, St. Petersburg. Observer.

September 2002 - May 2010. European University in St. Perersburg. Art History Department. 2002-2004. Part-time lecturer. 2004-2005. Lecturer. 2005-2006. Professor. 2006-2010. Visiting Professor.

August 2001 - August 2002. Academic Project Publishing House, St. Petersburg. Literary and Managing Editor.

Timetable for today

Full timetable

'Other Cities' Book Available for Hospice Donation

On its 25th anniversary, HSE has published a book - Other Cities - a collection of stories by the University’s staff about over 80 cities throughout Russia and the rest of the world, where the authors used to live and work, and which directly contributed to their personal and academic paths. The book won’t be on sale, but we will give it to you by making a donation to a hospice.

Exploring Russian Culture: English-language Course for Expats

The Educational Division at the Moscow Department of Culture launches an English-language course, Exploring Russian Culture. The first series of seminars dedicated to Russian culture for expatriates will take place in the Educational Division at the Moscow Department of Culture. The course will start on November 14th 2016. The lectures will be held in English. The course is free.

Sun and Rain, Sports and Fashion, Studies and Leisure — All at HSE Day

On September 8, 2016, HSE DAY took place in Gorky Park for the fifth time. This is a festival that allows everyone to have a good time in a joyful atmosphere. In the following article, we will tell you all about it.

HSE screens 5 films as part of the 360° 4th Contemporary Science Film Festival

From October 9-14, the HSE will become one of the screening venues for the 360° 4th Contemporary Science Film Festival. The festival offers a platform for films that talk about scientific and academic research in an accessible way – comprehensible for a general audience. After each screening, there will be a discussion with specialists. This is our guide to the HSE screenings and talks.