Nariman Skakov

Nariman Skakov

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
On sabbatical 2022/2023
Photo of NSkakov, credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard University
Prof. Nariman Skakov will be on leave in 2022/23.
My teaching and research interests lie primarily in 20th-century Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet culture. More specifically, they include Early Soviet Avant-Garde, Modernism, Russian Formalism, Mikhail Bakhtin, Andrei Platonov, Soviet Orient, Moscow Conceptualism, Soviet and post-Soviet Cinema, contemporary art.

I am currently completing a monograph titled Reorientalism: From Avant-Garde to National Form. Drawing upon extensive archival sources, it explores theoretical works, prose fiction, children’s books, film scripts, photo books, and documentary and feature films by Viktor Shklovsky, Andrei Platonov, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Dziga Vertov, and Sergei Eisenstein. Key experimenters with visual form, language, and sound during the 1920s, these figures channeled their creative energy eastwards, towards the Soviet Orient, in the 1930s and early 1940s. The study attempts to bring into amplified visibility the new life of the Russian modernist tradition in the period which ostensibly repressed and decimated it.


D.Phil. in Medieval and Modern Languages, University College, University of Oxford, 2009.
M.Phil. in European Literature, University College, University of Oxford, 2006.
Certificate in Philosophy, Wadham College, University of Oxford, 2004.
BA in Economics, Kazakh Academy of Architecture and Construction, 1999.

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