Tanya Shilina-Conte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English,  University at Buffalo. She teaches a wide variety of courses in Film and Media Theory, Theory of Film Narrative, Cinema in the Post-media Age, Global Culture and Media, World Cinema, Color and the Moving Image, Theories of Montage and Representation, Gender and Film, Avant-Garde Cinema, Contemporary Cinema, Film Genres, and Literary Criticism. Prior to her employment at the University at Buffalo she was an Associate Professor at the State University Moscow Higher School of Economics, in the Department of Media, Business, and Communication. Dr. Shilina-Conte’s current interests are global/transnational cinema, film-philosophy, remix culture, media archaeology, and sensory film and media.


Dr. Shilina-Conte is the author of a book, Midway Upon the Road: A Study of Openings in Contemporary Short Fiction (U of Kostroma P, Kostroma, Russia, 2011). She is currently working on her book manuscript entitled Black Screens, White Frames: Cinema and the After-Image Turn. Her research has been published in Studia Phaenomenologica, Word & Image, Iran Namag, Leitura: Teoria & Pratica, Studia Linguistica, and Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film.

Tanya Shilina-Conte holds a Ph.D. in Media Study from SUNY at Buffalo, USA (2016) and a Ph.D. in English from Saint-Petersburg Herzen State University, Russia (2004). Her second dissertation, Black Screens, White Frames: Recalculating Film History (under the supervision of SUNY Distinguished Professor Tony Conrad and Professor of Modern Culture and Media Joan Copjec, Brown University), was based on Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy and theory of cinema. Her first dissertation, Expositional Retardation and Reconstructional Mode in Literary Narrative, drew on contemporary research in cognitive science and pragmatics, as well as narrative theories advanced by the Russian formalists and the school of Mikhail Bakhtin. Her  Interdisciplinary M.A. thesis, The Delay of an Establishing Shot in Narrative Film Openings (SUNY at Buffalo, 2012), was also devoted to the study of narrative but in the field of cinema. Dr. Shilina-Conte also studied film criticism at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (the renowned school where Eisenstein, Kuleshov, and Pudovkin taught the art of film). She holds a B.A. with Honors in English and Psychology from Chuvash State University, Russia (1999).

She is the recipient of an award from the Ministry of Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation (2006). She has received grants and fellowships from the U.S. Department of State, George Soros Open Society, Princeton-Weimar Summer School Grant, New York Council for the Humanities, Liberal Arts Fellowship, UB Humanities Institute Advanced Ph.D. Fellowship, Tony Conrad Distinguished Professorship Grant, American Studies Program, and a number of UUP Professional Development awards. Her short video Abstract Visions won the best Experimental Video Award at the Delta International Film and Video Festival (USA, 2012).

Dr. Shilina-Conte is a curator of the riverrun Global Film Series (Iran-2016, Cuba-2017, Mexico-2018) held annually at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo and a founder of the Center for Global Media at the University at Buffalo. The Center for Global Media regularly organizes events and screenings that deal with topics of contemporary global communication environment. It collaborates with a wide spectrum of programs and departments across SUNY at Buffalo: the Humanities Institute, the Office for Special Events, the Asian Studies Program, the International Student and Scholar Services, the Undergraduate Academies,the Department of Visual Studies, the Department of History, as well as the Poetics Program, the Juxtapositions Lecture Series and the Center for Psychoanalysis and Culture in the Department of English. Events of the center have been coordinated with the UB College of Arts and Sciences Centenary Celebration, UB Distinguished Speaker Series, the Buffalo Humanities Festival “Migration Nation: Moving Stories,” the Visual Studies Speaker Series, the Day With(out)Art (Visual AIDS) screening, and the International Symposium, “The Rwandan Genocide: Twenty Years Later.” All events of the center are open to the students and faculty at UB, as well as to the local Western New York community at large. A full list of events organized by the Center for Global Media in the past is available here: http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/tag/tanya-shilina-conte/.

Dr. Shilina-Conte has also been involved in organizing the International Women’s Film Festival in Buffalo and served on UB’s Gender Institute Festival Program Committee, International Education Week Advisory Committee, and Global CINEMAspectives Faculty Advisory Board.