Russia's Place in the World in the last 100 years: Culture, Society and Environment

Edgbaston Room, Lucas House
Lectures Talks and Workshops
Wednesday 15th October 2014 (08:45-18:00)
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Workshop Leader(s): 
Dr Rose Whyman (Department of Drama and Theatre Arts)
Dr Jeremy Morris (Department of Modern Languages: Russian Studies)
Dr Richard Connolly (Centre for Russian,  European and Eurasian Studies)
Dr Natalya Rulyova (Centre for Russian,  European and Eurasian Studies)

This inter-disciplinary workshop will bring together expertise from three colleges in the University, building capacity in the area of Russian studies and extending current research agendas through collaboration.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars from the University to begin new dialogues, in collaboration with scholars from other UK universities and from Russia. Keynote lectures and panels will address the topics of Russian Culture and Literature: the poetic word, Dwelling in Russia-Geopolitical concerns, and Russian Society and Environment/Russia as People and Place, finding connections and resonances. The outcomes will include the planning of further research seminars and workshops and the development of research groups exploring bid proposals.


8.45 - 9.00           Registration
9.00                      Welcome from Professor Julian Cooper
9.15 - 10.45         Panel 1 - Russian Culture and Literature: the poetic word

                              Chair: Dr Jeremy Morris               


                              • Dr Georgina Barker
                                 ‘A Soviet-era poet rewrites the Latin love elegists: Elena Shvarts’
                                  Kinfiia – Ancient Roman or modern Russian?’
                              • Dr Polly McMichael (University of Nottingham)
                                 ‘Songs and Singers’
                              • Dr Natalya Rulyova 
                                 'Joseph Brodsky and his self-translations’

10.45 - 11.00       Refreshments
11.00 - 12.30       Panel 2 -  Dwelling in Russia-Geopolitical concerns

                              Chair: Dr Richard Connolly          


                              • Sir Tony Brenton (Wolfson College, Cambridge)
                                 ‘Russia and Ukraine: Stalingrad redux?’
                              • Professor Stefan Hedlund (Uppsala University)
                                 ‘Economic sanctions against Russia: Lots of pain for little gain’

12.30 - 13.30       Lunch
13.30 – 14.30      Discussion on future collaborations and planning follow up session
14.30 - 15.30       Panel 3 - Russian Society and Environment/Russia as People and Place

                              Chair: Dr Rose Whyman               


                              • Dr Jeremy Morris
                                 'Blue-collar workers between contingency and habitability: class
                                  identity in the Russian margins'
Dr Jon Oldfield
                                 'Everyday environments:  How Russia's environmental situation
                                  affects everyday life'
Dr Charlie Walker (University of Southampton)
                                'The "female future" in cross-cultural perspective: young women and
                                 service work in contemporary Russia’

15.30 - 15.45       Refreshments
15.45 – 16.45      Keti Chukrov: ‘Culture  and Labour in Soviet Philosophy’
16.45 – 18.00      Reception

To register to attend this workshop please email Sarah Jeffery.