Listen to regular seminars and lectures by visiting academics and cultural figures as podcasts or on our Youtube channel.
Professor Evgeny Dobrenko, Head of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield, discusses how the realities of WWII tranformed the narrative and style of Soviet literature, music and visual arts.
Alexander Etkind, Professor of Russian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Cambridge, discusses the themes of his new book, "Internal Colonization: Russia's Imperial Experience".
A Q+A session with the eclectic Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky at the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh.
Part of the Russian Film Festival in November 2012, Dr Seth Graham of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, offers an interpretive overview of the director’s work, from early collaborations with Tarkovsky to big-budget Hollywood productions.
An interview with Russian director Vasilii Sigarev and actor Yana Troyanova, recorded before the screening of Sigarev's film "Living" (which stars Troyanova) at the Russian film festival in Edinburgh. Sigarev and Troyanova discuss their work on the film itself and the Russian film industry more widely. (RUSSIAN)
An interview with renowned Russian film critic, Andrey Plakhov, recorded during the Russian film festival in Edinburgh. Plakhov discusses contemporary documentary film in Russia and the political, cultural and economic problems faced by film-makers today. IN ENGLISH
Victor Shnirelman is of Russia's leading anthropologists, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Moscow Academy of Sciences. In this podcast he discusses 'The Politics of a Name: Between Consolidation and Separation in the Northern Caucasus'. (English)
The award-winning author and political activist Zakhar Prilepin reads extracts from his work, a question and answer session. A graduate in philology and former soldier, Prilepin belongs to a new generation of writers whose writing careers developed in the post-Soviet cultural space during a turbulent period. (Russian with English translation)
The 2012 Honorary Dashkova Lecture was given by Irina Sandomirskaia, Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Baltic and Eastern European Studies, University College Södertörn (Sweden).
Professor Sandomirskaia examines the phenomenon of Aesopian language, a tradition of euphemistic speech practices developed by Russian speakers in order to speak about politically sensitive issues under censorship.
Dr Petre Petrov, of Princeton University, examines "gnomic expressions", statements that convey the kind of "timeless wisdom" often found in proverbs, which acquired a salient presence in Stalinist political discourse of the 1930s, and shows how their semantic peculiarities illuminate the character of early Soviet ideology.
Chaired by the Dashkova Centre's Deputy Director, Dr Luke March, this podcast examines different themes surrounding the 2012 Russian elections.
"Different views on the same news: Latvian and Russian media in Latvia"
Dr Tatjana Russita (Moscow City University and Bergen)
"Working with the Russian Word in the 21st century"
Alexander Ilichevsky and Leonid Yuzefovich
"Russian Language and Translation: Vices and Virtues of Borrowing"
Alexandra Borisenko and Victor Son’kin (Moscow State University)
This article was published on May 6, 2013