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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Isabel Jacobs, BA, MA


PhD Student in Comparative Literature



I studied philosophy, literature and linguistics in Heidelberg, Saint Petersburg, Turin and London. During my MA at University College London, I focused on Soviet cinema and cultural theory. My MA dissertation examined the traces of Russian discourses on desire and alterity in the work of Russian-born French philosopher Alexandre Kojève.

My PhD project further explores the role of transnational and multilingual émigré philosophers like Kojève in the formation of Surrealism, psychoanalysis and existentialist thought in interwar Paris.

Before joining QMUL, I was an intern in a non-profit organisation that promotes literature, linguistic rights and freedom of expression worldwide. I am also a regular contributor to the East European Film Bulletin, where I am currently guest-editing a special issue on Soviet underground culture and experimental film in the 1980s.

Supervisors: Prof Galin Tihanov and Prof Will McMorran

Funding: London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentship


Research Interests:

Research Interests: Russian, German and French philosophy; History of Ideas; Exile and Migration; Philosophy of Religion; Surrealism; Psychoanalysis; Alexandre Kojève; Russian and Soviet Cinema; Experimental film; Soviet Nonconformist Art.