Bohdan Nebesio

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Alberta
M.A. University of Toronto
B.A. University of Toronto

Office: SBH 334
905-688-5550 x5221

Bohdan Nebesio (PhD University of Alberta) teaches classes in film history, Hollywood cinema, classical film theory, and national cinemas. His research interests include film history and the history of film theory, silent cinema of the 1920s, cognitive approaches to film studies, cinemas of Eastern Europe, and Alexander Dovzhenko. His most recent book, The Silent Film Trilogy of Alexander Dovzhenko, was published in Ukraine in 2017.

I’m interested in supervising projects in the areas of film history, cognitive approaches to the moving image, narratology, popular and folk cultures of Eastern Europe, and Slavic cultures.

  • Film History
  • History of Film Theory
  • Silent Cinema of the 1920s
  • Cognitive Approaches to Film Studies
  • Cinemas of Eastern Europe (Ukraine)
  • Nebesio, Bohdan, The Silent Film Trilogy of Alexander Dovzhenko (Німа кінотрилогія Олександра Довженка) trans. from English. Stanislav Menzelevskyi, Kyiv: Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, 2017. 200 pp. (in Ukrainian)
  • Nebesio, Bohdan Y., Kohut Zenon E. Yurkevich, Myroslav, and Ivan Katchanovski. Historical Dictionary of Ukraine. 2nd Revised Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 914 pp.
  • “The First Five Years with no Plan: Building National Cinema in Ukraine, 1992-1997,” Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. Eds. Catherine Portuges and Peter Hames, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013. 197-229.
  • “Competition from Ukraine: VUFKU and the Soviet Film Industry in the 1920s,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 29.2 (2009): 159-180.
  • “A Compromise with Literature?: Making Sense of Intertitles in the Silent Films of Alexander Dovzhenko,” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 23.3 (1996): 679-700.


  • Film History
  • Classical Film Theory
  • Conventions of Film Realism
  • Cognitive Studies of Popular Culture
  • National Cinemas