Natalia Plagmann (Klimova)

Ph.D Candidate
  • M.A., John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University (2013)

    Thesis Title: Staging the Real: Time, Memory, Text, and Performance in the Contemporary Russian Documentary Theater

  • M.A. and B.A., English Language and Literature and German Language and Literature, with distinctions in both majors, School of Philology and Arts, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (2003)



Year Begun: 2013

Research Interests: 
Documentary modes in Post-Soviet Russian culture; documentary cinema and theater; performance and media studies; documentary literature; trauma and memory studies; Russian film, theater, literature, and critical theory of the 1920s-1930s.

Languages: Russian, English, German, French


  • "Melodrama's Womanly Face: Femininity Redefined in the Soviet Cinema of the Late 1960s - early 1970s," Women in Soviet Film: The Thaw and Post-Thaw Periods, ed. by Marina Rojavin and Tim Harte (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • "Where Am I?": Childhood Memories in the Context of the Cinematic Narrative of Lyubov Arkus's Anton's Right Here (2012)," ​AvtobiografiЯ: Issue 4 (2015)
  • "Overcoming the Inexpressible: Autism and Documentary Film," NLO: New Literary Observer: Issue 129 (5/ 2014)

Conference Papers:

  • "Luminous Bodies and the Architecture of Performance: How to Dance a Lecture Naked," Delivered at AATSEEL, San Diego (USA), February 2020
  • "Photographic Optics and Its Nameless Object: Marina Razbezhkina's Documentary Opticheskaia os' (Optical Axis) (2013)," Delivered at ASEEES, San Francisco (USA), November 2019
  • "Depth of Focus: Post-Soviet Documentary and the Equilibrium of Extremes," Delivered at ASEEES, Boston (USA), December 2018
  • "The Politics of Sound in Serguei Loznitsa's Maidan (2014) and Sobytie (The Event, 2015),"Delivered at AATSEEL, Washington D.C. (USA), February 2018
  • "Liudmila Ulitskaya's Childhood 45-53: Collective History, Private Memory," Delivered at ASEEES, Chicago (USA), November 2017
  • "Collective in Motion: Walter Benjamin and Soviet Montage Cinema of the 1920s," Delivered at ASEEES, Washington D.C. (USA), November 2016
  • "Politics and Theatricality of Domestic Space on Stage: Teatr.Doc's Production of Two in Your House," Delivered at ASEEES, Philadelphia (USA), November 2015
  • "The Materiality of Space: Berlin in Victor Shklovsky's Zoo, or Letters Not About Love," Delivered at Шарлоttengrad. The Berlin (Meta)text in Slavic Literatures and Cultures. Humboldt - Princeton Conference, Berlin (Germany), November 2015
  • "No More Drama: Staging Documents in Contemporary Russian Theater," Delivered at ASEEES, San Antonio (USA), November 2014
  • "Film, Image, Gesture: A Potential to Be Communicated," Delivered at New Directions in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema Studies International Symposium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK), September 2014

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Interests: Translation, digital humanities, publishing, swing dancing