Eric Laursen
  • Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures


  • Roundtable Discussion, Siberia Workshop, Feb. 6-7, 2017. Other, Presented, 02/07/2017.
  • Greenhouses in Outer Space: the Portable Utopias of Soviet Rocket Scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Conference of The Society for Utopian Studies, October 27-29. Conference Paper, Accepted, 08/15/2016.
  • Nov. 2015 “Soviet Futurama: Energy Flow at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York,” Utopian Studies Conference, Pittsburgh. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/15/2015.
  • Oct. 2014 Panel: Totalitarianisms, Paper title: “Luminous Rays: Soviet Godbuilding & Psychic Energy.” Utopian Studies Conference, Montreal,Canada . Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Oct. 2014 Panel: Leaky Cities, Paper Title: "Powering the Soviet City-Machine: Biomechanics and the Fluidity of Human Energy." . Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2014.
  • March 2014 "Brain Rays & Early Soviet Propaganda," Science & Literature Symposium, University of Utah. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2014.
  • "Evgeny Zamyatin & the Thermodynamics of Genius," Wisconsin AATSEEL. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/15/2013.
  • Nov. 2012 “Story about the Most Important Thing: Evgeny Zamyatin and the Thermodynamics of Revolution, Panel: Science Fiction I: Science & Science Fiction, ASEEES National Conference, New Orleans . Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2012.
  • Nov 2012 “Category Crisis & the Soviet Monster,” Monster Colloquium, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 11/2012.
  • July 2012 “Energy Monsters & the Soviet Social Network: Ivan Efremov’s Andromeda Nebula,” Panel on Soviet Science Fiction, SFRA National Conference, Detroit . Conference Paper, Presented, 07/2012.
  • Dec 2012 “Cult of Energy: Electrification and the Lenin Cult,” Work in Progress Talk, Tanner Humanities Center, Dec. 6 . Presentation, Presented, 06/12/2012.
  • “The Alien Returns: Aleksei Tolstoi’s Aelita, or the Decline of Mars.” Panel on Soviet Science Fiction, National Conference of ASEEES . Conference Paper, Presented, 11/19/2011.
  • "Unmasking the Beastly Pseudo-speaker: Vladimir Maiakovskii's Bedbug," Presented at Western Social Science Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/15/2011.
  • Round-table: "The Soviet Unconscious," AAASS (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), November, 2010. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/15/2010.
  • Two Heads are Better than One: Rewriting Beliaev’s Head of Professor Dowell,” Science Fiction Research Association National Conference, Carefree, Arizona . Conference Paper, Presented, 06/27/2010.
  • “Two Heads are Better than One: Language and Control in Beliaev’s Head of Professor Dowell on panel “The Fantastic in Russian Literature,” National Conference of AAASS, New Orleans, November, 2007. Conference Paper, Presented, 2007.
  • “Disorganizing the Human Psyche: Literature and Transformation in Bogdanov’s Red Star and Zamiatin’s We,” on the panel “The New Soviet Man in a New Soviet World,” National Conference of the AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages), Philadelphia, December 2007. Conference Paper, Presented, 2007.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Russian Federation


  • Toxic Voices: the Soviet Villain from Early Soviet Literature to Socialist Realism (Northwestern University Press, 2013). Published, 01/2013.
  • ARTICLE: “An Electrician’s Utopia: Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘Fateful Eggs,” Slavic and East European Jounal, 56.1 (2012): 56-70. Published, 04/2012.
  • ARTICLE: “‘A New Enigmatic Language’: The Spontaneity-Consciousness Paradigm and the Case of Gladkov’s Cement. Slavic Review 65, no.1 (Spring 2006): 66-89. Published, 05/2006.
  • ARTICLE: “No Bad Words Allowed: Language and Control in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog,” Slavic and East European Journal, 53.3 (Fall 2007): 492-514. Published, 10/2007.
  • Book Review: Freidin, Gregory, ed. Translated by Peter Constantine. Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings. For Russian Review, Fall 2010. Published, 10/15/2010.
  • BOOK REVIEW: Olga Matich, Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in Russia de Siecle (University of Wisconsin Press, 340 pp.). for Russian Review, Spring 2006. Published, 05/2006.
  • Featured Review: Petre M. Petrov Automatic for the Masses: The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. In Slavic Review. Published, 10/2016.
  • Howell, Yvonne, ed. Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction. Montpelier, VT: Russian Life Books, 2015. In Russian Review. Accepted, 08/15/2016.
  • Book Review of Maguire, Muireann. Stalin’s Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature. Russian Transformations: Literature, Thought, Culture, Volume 4. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012. in Russian Review (October 2013). Published, 10/30/2013.
  • Book Review: Vatalescu, Christine, Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and the Secret Police in Soviet Times. For Slavic and East European Journal, 56.3 (Fall 2012):458-60. Published, 10/2012.