The annual Honorary Dashkova Lecture is hosted by the Princess Dashkova Centre and supported by the Cobbe Charitable Trust.
The 2013 Honorary Dashkova Lecture entitled The Art of Hatred: The Limits of Humanity and Violence in Soviet Wartime Culture was given by Professor Evgeny Dobrenko (University of Sheffield) on 21 February 2013.
One of the most striking features of Soviet culture during WWII (and especially of the first phase of it) was a clear departure from ideological and visual sterility of pre-war culture in which any depiction of violence, suffering, death or victimization was practically tabooed. The disastrous beginning of the war for the Soviet Union and German atrocities brought about major changes to Soviet ideology. This "translation" of ideology into literature (first of all, poetry and journalism) and music was followed by visual arts such as poster, painting and film, completely changing their narrative, style and tune. The focus of this lecture was the retuning of Soviet art according to this new ideological doctrine.
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 examined 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.
She also compared different views on Aesopian language by Russians, with reflections on language and politics in contemporary Western theory.
This article was published on May 15, 2013