Lucas Plazek


B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, majors Art History and History, minors Film Studies and Philosophy, 2016

M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2018

Entered Berkeley program in 2020

Paper submitted with application to Berkeley: “Boris Ignatovich: Photographing the Socialist Object”

Research Interests: Russian/Soviet visual culture, global modernisms, political economy, Marxism, critical theory, aesthetics, realisms, Symbolism, industrialization/urbanization studies, ecocriticism, affect theory, subtitles

Languages known and studied: Russian, French, Latin

Presentations and Projects:

  • “Boris Ignatovich: Photographing the Socialist Object” at Affective Realisms Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2019
  • Documentary film on Dostoevsky and Solovyov’s pilgrimage to Optina Pustyn monastery, filmed Summer of 2018 (post-production) sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Comparative Literature Department
  • “Socialist Realism and Social Change: A Lacanian Model of Social Change in the Art of Socialist Realism” at Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies “A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2017
  • Respondent to “Traversing the Reel: Pere Portabella’s Cuadecuc Vampir” at “Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis and the Politics of the Archive in Spanish Cinema” at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for the Humanities, Fall 2017

Study/Work Abroad: CIEE Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia (September—December 2015)