Dashkova Centre

Londongrad and Londongradians: Identities, Imaginaries, and Cultural Practices of Russians in the UK

We warmly invite you to our international workshop ‘Londongrad and Londongradians: Identities, Imaginaries, and Cultural Practices of Russians in the UK’.

The workshop is organised within the AHRC funded Edinburgh University based project ‘Global Russians: Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK’. (PI: Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke). This four-year project is part of the ‘Cross-language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities’ OWRI Programme (led by Manchester University). The ‘Global Russian’ is a new emerging type of transnational identity and Britain presents one of the most significant world stages where this identity is imagined, constructed and performed. With a number of Russian speaking migrants reaching almost half a million, Russian diasporic and transcultural spaces and networks are making an increasingly prominent mark on the British multilingual and multicultural map – from dedicated art auction houses, costume balls and festivals to hundreds of schools, societies, restaurants, clubs, and internet sites. Moreover, the visibility of Russians in the UK has been augmented in many art and media forms: television documentaries, series, fiction and non-fiction writing, films, and newspaper columns which intently observe and comment on their collective life. The workshop aims to explore the imaginaries of ‘Londongrad’ – the British spaces populated and inflected by Russians. It will deal with the representation of the Russian presence in the UK, focusing on cultural and media productions. What does it mean to be a ‘global Russian’ living in Britain? How do the various art and media forms capture the life of Russians in the UK? How do these forms mediate the language, experiences, behaviour and cultural practices, loyalties, and other attributes of ‘global Russians’? And do these representations have a community building potential, contributing to the continuing disaporisation of Russians, to the development of Russophone networks and of the transnational interactions between Russians and the host culture? The workshop will address these and other relevant questions by bringing together academics, writers, journalists and actors whose work has reflected on the Russian community of ‘Londongrad’.

Please register your interest or ask any questions by emailing dashkova.centre@ed.ac.uk. Please note that £5 would be required per day to cover lunch and coffee.

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Londongrad and Londongradians: Identities, Imaginaries, and Cultural Practices of Russians in the UK

An international 2-day workshop, part of the 'Global Russians: Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK' project (Cross-language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities OWRI)

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre
19 Buccleuch Place
University of Edinburgh