Yuri Tsivian is William Colvin Emeritus Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on silent cinema, early Russian film, the history of editing and digital humanities. Yuri Tsivian has also launched two new fields in the studies of film and culture: carpalistics and cinemetrics. The former studies and compares different uses of gesture in theater, visual arts, literature and film; the latter uses digital tools to explore the art of film editing.
Tsivian’s publications include Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties (2004), Early Cinema in Russia and its Cultural Reception (1994) as well as numerous papers such as „Exploring Cutting Structure in Film, with Applications to the Films of D.W. Griffith, Mack Sennett, and Charlie Chaplin“ (with Mike Baxter and Daria Khitrova, in: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 32/1/2017) and „Charlie Chaplin and His Shadows: On Laws of Fortuity in Art“ (Critical Inquiry 40/3/2014).