Elena Siemens, PhD, MA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept

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Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept
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elena.siemens@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Visual Culture Photography Performance Studies Fashion Studies Spaces of Performance Creative Non-Fiction Critical and Cultural Theory


About

Elena Siemens is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (PhD) and Moscow Lomonosov State University (MA). Her research interests include Visual Culture, Photography, Performance Studies (especially Spaces of Performance), Fashion Studies, Creative Non-Fiction, Critical and Cultural Theory. Most recent publications include "’It’s You Plus It’s … Art’: The #Artselfie Debate From Douglas Coupland to Tolstoy" (2021), "De-icing" - Structures of Anticipation Project (2021), 'Gift Me a Dream:' Retail Windows London to Vancouver (2021), Your Own Self is OK: 50 Years of Fluevog (2020), and Remembering Paris 1968: Fashion Theatre of Protest (2019). Currently she is contributing to the project on Toxic Media Ecologies.



Research

Books & Edited Volumes

Siemens, Elena, Ed (w Kat Sark), Fashion Cultures and Media – Canadian Perspectives, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 9-2, 2018.

Siemens, Elena, Street Fashion Moscow (Intellect, UK), 2017.

Siemens, Elena, Ed. Subjective Fashion. The Polyglot Magazine of Poetry and Art, Issue 2, 2017,

Siemens, Elena, "Stirred 15 (A Critical Introduction)," in Ed. Elena Siemens, Stirred: Memories and Dreams. TranscUlturAl, Issue 8-1, 2016.

Siemens, Elena, Theatre in Passing 2: Searching for New Amsterdam (Intellect, UK), 2015.

Siemens, Elena, Ed. Translating Street Art, special issue of TranscultUrAL, Issue 6-1, 2014.

Siemens, Elena, Ed. The Dark Spectacle: Landscapes of Devastation in Film and Photography, special issue of Space and Culture, (Sage), 17-4, November 2014.

Siemens, Elena, Ed. (w Andriko Lozowy, Managing Editor), Scandals of Horror, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 4-1, August 2013.

Siemens, Elena, Theatre in Passing: A Moscow Photo-Diary, (Intellect UK), 2011.

Siemens, Elena, Ed. Picturing Second Geography, special issue of Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces (Sage), Issue 11-1, February 2008.

Recent Articles

Siemens, Elena. "’It’s You Plus It’s … Art’: The #Artselfie Debate From Douglas Coupland to Tolstoy." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, vol. 48 no. 1, pp. 27-40, 2021.

Siemens, Elena, "De-icing," Structures of Anticipation, Fall 2021.

Siemens, Elena, "'Gift Me a Dream:' Retail Windows from London to Vancouver." Space and Culture, March 29 2021.

Siemens, Elena, “JE SUIS EN TRANSIT (Adventures in Google Translate),” TrancUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies, Issue 12-2, pp. 61-64, 2020.

Siemens, Elena, “Your Own Self is OK: 50 Years of Fluevog,” Book Review: Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls by John Fluevog” The Ormsby Review, March 1, 2020.

Siemens, Elena, “Remembering Paris 1968: Fashion Theatre of Protest,” Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 10-2, 2019.

Siemens, Elena, "Gucci dans les rue," Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 10-2, 2019.

Siemens, Elena, “Ice Cream Dreams,” The Polyglot, Issue 4, 2019.

Siemens, Elena, “Aerial View Honolulu,” in eds. Craig Campbell and Yoke Sum Wong, X-Situ (Un)Making Space Out of Place, Page 5-20, 2018.

Siemens, Elena, "The Ruby Slippers Across Time, Space and Media," in eds. Elena Siemens, Kat Sark, Fashion Cultures and Media – Canadian Perspectives, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 9-2, 2018.

Siemens, Elena, "Diesel® Plays the Fool: Translating Performance in Fashion Ads," TrancUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies, Issue 9-1, 2017.

Siemens, Elena. "Wearevers Danke" in ed. Elena Siemens, Subjective Fashion, The Polyglot Magazine of Poetry and Art, Issue 2, 26-27, 2017.

Siemens, Elena, "Intersections Palais Royal," Crosswalks, The Polyglot Magazine of Poetry and Art,, Issue 1, Spring 2017.

Siemens, Elena, Christine Wiesenthal, "Shabby Chic Afternoon," TranscUlturAl, Issue 8-1, 2016.

Siemens, Elena, "Paris Wall Flowers, Moscow Wall Wars," in Ed. Elena Siemens, Translating Street Art, special issue of TranscUlturAl, Issue 6-1, 2014.

Siemens, Elena, and Wiesenthal, Christine, "Clothes Lines," in Ed. Elena Siemens, Translating Street Art, special issue of TranscUlturAl, Issue 6-1, 2014.

Siemens, Elena, "High Rise Zhivago," in Ed. Susan Ingram, Perceived Peripherality and Places Images: The City, the Region, the Border, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 5-1, April 2014.

Siemens, Elena, "Death in Vienna," in Ed. Elena Siemens, The Dark Spectacle: Landscapes of Devastation in Film and Photography, special issue of Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces (Sage), Issue 17-4, 336-345, November 2014.

Siemens, Elena, "Blue Door Havana," in Ed. Elena Siemens (w Andriko Lozowy, Managing Editor), Scandals of Horror, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Issue 4-1, August 2013.

Recent Exhibitions

Siemens, Elena, The Forecast, November 2019.

Siemens, Elena, Restless, March 8, 2019.

Siemens, Elena, Hotel Metropole, November 1, 2018.

Siemens, Elena, Café Counterculture, March 7, 2018.

Siemens, Elena, Revolution 100, November 10, 2017.

Siemens, Elena, Bad Weather, January 2017.

Siemens, Elena, Fashion Lounge, October 2016.

Siemens, Elena, Stirred Memories Dreams Popup Exhibit, September 2015.

Siemens, Elena (with Anne Winkler). Translating Street Art, November 2014.

Siemens, Elena. The Post Card Exhibit, November 2013.

Siemens, Elena (with Andriko Lozowy, Jim Morrow). My Edmonton Photography Show, April 2012.

Siemens, Elena (with Andriko Lozowy).The Vertical Exhibit and Performance, November 2012.

Siemens, Elena (with Jim Morrow, Andriko Lozowy). Consumed Art Show, December 2011.

Courses

C LIT 352 - Literature and the Other Arts

Throughout history, literature had close relations with the other arts (such as painting and sculpture, music and theatre): more recently these relations extended to cinema television, and other media. Each year, the course will emphasize one of these relations, in an interdisciplinary perspective which stresses contacts and commonalities, but also the specific differences of art forms and the media.

Fall Term 2021
RUSS 211 - Intermediate Russian I

Intended to expand comprehension and production skills in written and oral Russian with a focus on intercultural communicative competence. Prerequisite: Russian 30 (or equivalent), or RUSS 112, or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021
RUSS 212 - Intermediate Russian II

Prerequisite: RUSS 211 or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2022
RUSS 304 - Russian in Context II

Debates on topics selected by students. Prerequisite: RUSS 303 or consent of Department. Note: not to be taken by students with credit in RUSS 401 or 402.

Winter Term 2022
RUSS 499 - Special Topics

Fall Term 2021

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