Irina Tcherneva

Irina Tcherneva, born 1982, is a film scholar specialized in Soviet documentary film and fellow researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS / Eur’ORBEM). Being a researcher in the project “Sound archives. European Memories of the Gulag” (CERCEC-School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences/EHESS), she contributed to the creation of the database and analyzed the video-interviews with ex-detainees of the Gulag system. As researcher for the project “CINESOV – Soviet Cinema at War 1939–1945” (THALIM-French Center for Scientific Research), she participated in the creation of the exhibition “Filming the war: the Soviets in front of the Holocaust” (1941–1946) (Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris), co-edited (with Valérie Pozner and Vanessa Voisin) the book  “Perezhit’ vojnu. Kinoindustrija v SSSR 1939–1949” [Surviving the war: the filmic industry in the USSR (1939–1949)] (Moscow, ROSSPEN, 2018) and a special edition of the review “Conserveries mémorielles” dedicated to the Soviet war propaganda, 1939-1949 (with Valérie Pozner). As researcher within the project “WW2CRIMESONTRIAL1943–1991” (CERCEC-EHESS), she was responsible for the work package “From the courtroom to the history: the ‘publicisation’ of trials of criminals against humanity” and co-edited the book “That Justice be Done: Social Impulses and Professional Contribution to the Accountability for Nazi and War Crimes, 1940s–1980s” (with Vanessa Voisin and Eric Le Bourhis, in preparation). She was a researcher in the project “Images of Justice: the Nazis and the collaborators on trial in the liberated Europe” (Labex “Création, Arts et Patrimoines”, University Paris 1) in collaboration with Sylvie Lindeperg, Vanessa Voisin and Victor Barbat. Irina Tcherneva is a translator and co-editor (with François Albera and Antonio Somaini) of “Dziga Vertov. Le ciné-œil de la révolution. Écrits sur le cinéma” [Dziga Vertov. The Kino-Eye of the Revolution] (Paris, Les presses du réel, 2018), and (with Valérie Pozner, Paul Lequesne and Catherine Perrel) of “Ilya Ehrenbourg, Et pourtant elle tourne” (Paris, Presses du réel, 2019). She is the author of more than 40 publications (most of them peer-reviewed) on the socio-economic history of documentary cinema, on the history of film audiences and film technique, on the role of visual documents and artworks in World War II and in post-war trials.

Participation in Public Deliverables

D2.2 Literature Database


D2.3 Digitized Collection of Text Documents related to Footage and Films


D4.1 Controlled Vocabularies Specification


Participation in Events

Pre-Kick-off Meeting


Friday, 19.10.2018, 09:15 to Saturday, 20.10.2018, 18:00

Liberation Footage and the Visualization of the Holocaust


Friday, 30.11.2018, 11:00

Digital Memory. Towards a Research Repository on the Visual History of the Holocaust


Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 19:00 to Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 21:00

Advanced Digitization


Wednesday, 20.03.2019, 09:30 to Friday, 22.03.2019, 16:00

Archival Research in Eastern European Archives


Monday, 14.10.2019, 13:30 to Tuesday, 15.10.2019, 17:00

Allied Attempts to Cover Nazi Crimes on Film. What Questions can the Footage Answer?


Friday, 13.12.2019, 10:30 to Sunday, 15.12.2019, 13:00

Soviet Film Archives in the Light of Digital Humanities


Thursday, 23.01.2020, 10:00 to Friday, 24.01.2020, 18:00



Thursday, 13.02.2020, 13:15 to Friday, 14.02.2020, 17:30

Consortium Meeting


Tuesday, 23.02.2021, 15:00 to Wednesday, 24.02.2021, 19:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 1: The Making of Majdanek – Cemetery of Europe (1944)

Research Seminar

Thursday, 25.02.2021, 16:00 to Thursday, 25.02.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 2: Dziga Vertov’s Blood for Blood (1941) in the Interval of Fall 1941

Research Seminar

Friday, 26.03.2021, 16:00 to Friday, 26.03.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 3: Soviet Footage on Nazi Crimes and Its Textual Documentation: Identification and Research Issues

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 06.04.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 06.04.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 4: Un-Seen: The Manyfold Lives of a 1943 Deportation Film Footage across the East-West Divide

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 18.05.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 18.05.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 5: Soviet Filmed Atrocity Images on American Movie Screens, 1942–1945, and Some Partial Answers to the Questions of What, When, Where and By Whom?

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 18:00 to Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 20:00

Relational Memories


Friday, 09.07.2021, 10:00 to Friday, 09.07.2021, 12:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 6: Towards a Forensic Cinema

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 26.10.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 26.10.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 7: How to Tell the Story of Liberated Concentration Camps: On the Written Documents of British Cameramen and Filmmakers

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 8: Analyzing visual “text” – films taken by German soldiers in Poland

Research Seminar

Wednesday, 05.01.2022, 16:00 to Wednesday, 05.01.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 9: Soviet Footage of War Crimes, between Propaganda and Judicial Evidence, 1941–1946

Research Seminar

Thursday, 13.01.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 13.01.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 10: Between Fiction and History: Ethical Questions during the Historical Research for Son of Saul

Research Seminar

Thursday, 28.04.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 28.04.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 11: By filming, by writing. Photographic testimonies of the Nazi camps

Research Seminar

Thursday, 09.06.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 09.06.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 12: Writing the history of the Holocaust and of mass violence in Nazi-occupied Kharkiv

Research Seminar

Thursday, 16.06.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 16.06.2022, 18:00

Migrating Images and Image Migration: How Popular Culture Shapes the Visual History of the Holocaust


Monday, 12.09.2022, 18:00 to Wednesday, 14.09.2022, 20:00

Participation in Media Reports

Champ contre-champ, les images des camps

Radio France, France Culture, Le Cours de l’histoire, Monday, 27.01.2020

Participation in Videos

VHH Research Seminar – Session 3: Soviet Footage on Nazi Crimes and Its Textual Documentation: Identification and Research Issues

Tuesday, 06.04.2021

Soviet Cameras Documenting the Nazi Crimes (1941–1947)

Friday, 09.07.2021

VHH Research Seminar – Session 12: Writing the history of the Holocaust and of mass violence in Nazi-occupied Kharkiv

Thursday, 16.06.2022

Researcher (Soviet films and related documents about the Holocaust)
CERCEC – EHESS, 54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris – France