Over the summer, Cultural Studies Doctoral Candidate David Zeglen has published a number of articles in the journals Continuum and Celebrity Studies.
His essay, "A practical gaze at the Warsaw Ghetto: revealing excess & lack in A Film Unfinished" looks at Yael Hersonki's documentary A Film Unfinished, composed of footage shot by Nazi cameramen inside the Warsaw Ghetto. While the film "has been read as an exercise in empathic unsettlement that destabilizes the propagandistic intentions of a Nazi gaze that produced" the film material, Zeglen in his paper proposes an alternative reading which argues "that a practical gaze that incorporates the gazes of those both inside and outside of the footage can more effectively reveal the contours of regime-made atrocity while humanizing victims of the Holocaust as agents involved in the construction of the footage’s meaning."
Co-editing a special issue of the journal Celebrity Studies on celebrity politicians, Zeglen provided an Introduction jointly written with Neil Ewen, and a paper titled "The cult of Russianicity: mobilising anti-fascist affect in Putin’s Russia." The paper centrally argues "that after the Russian presidential election in 2012, the Kremlin mobilised a populist, anti-fascist affect called ‘Russianicity’ that Vladimir Putin used to help legitimate his third term as president." Further, this "state-led effort intertwined with the consumer commodity cult known as ‘Putiniana’ which functioned as an index of changing public sentiment towards Putin."
Make sure to check out Dave's recent work by following the links above.
September 25, 2020