Academic Mentor: Anne Higonnet, Professor in the Department of Art History, Barnard College
The role of visual culture in the construction of social attitudes toward sexuality in Russia, 1881-1917
Stepan Kachalin holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from the European University at St. Petersburg and had also completed a postgraduate program at the same university. His thesis was titled The Erotic Prints of the Dutch Golden Age: Themes, Meaning, and Social Function. He has worked as a curator at the Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum. Part of his work was maintaining photo, audio, and video collections at the museum.
Stepan has a wide range of academic interests, focusing on the intersection of society, politics, and art. He has studied early modern printed images, art criticism in pre-Revolutionary Russia, and politically motivated avant-garde movements in 1960s France.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Stepan is a writer, musician, and sound artist. He has gained expertise in planning musical festivals and exhibitions through his role as a curator at the art gallery.
At Columbia Global Centers | Amman, Stepan is working on his research project dedicated to the role of visual culture in the construction of social attitudes toward sexuality in Russia of the late 19th - early 20th centuries.
Kachalin, S. (2018) Archers and Milkmaids: Erotic Wit in Dutch and Flemish Genre Prints of the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. Art&Cult, №32, October-December 2018