Department of European Languages and Cultures

Past events

Selected seminars, conferences, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops in European Languages and Cultures (2015 -).

DELC Research Seminar Series (DRSS)

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The DELC Research Seminar Series (DRSS) encourages collaboration and co-production between staff and students across European Languages and Cultures and beyond.

Each series is designed on a transversal exploration of a common theme, for example Decolonising Minds and Methods (2021 to 2022).

Typically, each event consists of:

  1. a workshop co-produced by staff and students
  2. a seminar presented by a guest speaker
  3. a roundtable discussion led by respondents​​​​​​

Conferences and symposia

Dates: 20 September 2019

Venue: 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

In brief: A one-day workshop organised by the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (AUPHF), co-sponsored by the Society for French Studies and the French Embassy. Focusing on changing mindsets and rethinking the value of languages in a time of crisis, the event brought together stakeholders from Universities, Schools and Cultural Institutes to celebrate and share positive examples of French and Francophone teaching of language and culture. The event culminated with a roundtable discussion on advocacy, lobbying and policy making.

Lectures, talks, discussions and readings

Moscow Higher School of Economics Lectures

From 19 to 23 February 2018, the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre hosted a series of lectures by scholars from the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Their visit to the University of Edinburgh took place under the auspices of the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Scheme. All lectures took place at the Dashkova Centre.

Date Speaker Title
19 February 2018 Ivan Fomin Memes: What they are and how to study them
20 February 2018 Varvara Vasileva Gender equality in Russian politics
21 February 2018 Anastasia Poretskova Civil society in Russia—internal observers at Moscow City Council elections
22 February 2018 Mikhail Ilyin Morphology in different fields of study—history and potential
22 February 2018 Christian Fröhlich Populism and political culture in Russia

Film screenings and festivals

Russian Film Week

Russian Film Week was co-organised by the Princess Dashkova Centre and Russian Film Week London,  with informational support from Scotland-Russia Forum. It ran annually between 2017 and 2019. All films were shown in Russian with English subtitles.

Date Venue Film
21 November 2017 50 George Square Kharms (2017, dir. Ivan Bolotnikov)
23 November 2017 50 George Square All Will End Soon (2017, dir. Alexey Rybin)
24 November 2017 50 George Square Pagans (2017, dir. Lera Surkova)
25 November 2017 50 George Square The Seagull (2017, dir. Yury Butusov)
28 November 2018 50 George Square Vmayakovsky (2018, dir. Alexander Shein)
30 November 2018 50 George Square The Story of One Appointment (2018, dir. Avdotya Smirnova)
26 November 2019 50 George Square Above the Sky (2019, dir. Oksana Karas)
28 November 2019 50 George Square Great Poetry (2019, dir. Alexander Lungin)

Exhibitions, workshops and performances

Vera Pavlova artistic portrait image

Date: 2 November 2017

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

Guest performer: Vera Pavlova

In brief: An evening of music and performance with Russian poet and pianist Vera Pavlova, who played Tchaikovsky's 'Childhood' cycle. This was interspersed with readings from her poetry which she read in Russian, but English translations of her poetry was provided on a screen.