Department of European Languages and Cultures

Russia and Europe: Linguistic and Cultural Encounters

Organised by Alexandra Smith and Angelos Theocharis in Russian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, this one-day conference forms part of the European Languages and Cultures (DELC) research strand, Cultural Encounters/Dialogues.

As with the other events in the strand, its aim is to interrogate the ways in which cultural encounters and cultural dialogues take place.

The specific focus of the conference is Russian and European cultural and linguistic encounters in the last 300 years.

The day is organised into two parts, each comprising talks by a range of academics, including colleagues and PhD candidates from Edinburgh, and guests from other UK universities.


Part One (9-11.30am). Chair: Alexandra Smith

  • Gesine Argent. “The Role of Languages in Connections and Rifts between Russia and Europe in the Long Eighteenth Century".
  • Gillian Mroz (University of Oxford). “Don Quijote's Russian Sally: The Reception of Cervantes in Imperial Russia”.
  • Lara Ryazanova-Clarke; Yulia Lukyanova. “Commodifying Russian Language and Culture While Touring London: The Stories of a Superguide”.
  • Angelos Theocharis. “Playing the Author: Games and Discourse in a Russophone Community Book Club”. 
  • Mikhail Vodopyanov. “Who is Afraid of Tatyana Tolstaya: Constructing New Discursive Realities in Translation”.

Coffee break. 11.30-12 noon.

Part Two (12-2pm). Chair: Angelos Theocharis

  • Alexandra Smith. “The Myth of Goethe in Russia in the 1910s-1930s”.
  • Rose France. "Translation as Revolutionary Propaganda and Cultural Enlightenment: Maxim Gorky and the World Literature series."
  • Peter France. “A “World Poet” – The Reception of the Poetry of Gennady Aygi in the West".
  • Erik Vlaemink. “Anti-Western Tendencies and The Search for a New Hero in Contemporary Russian Literature”.
  • Anne  Liebig. “Fandorin meets Sherlock: Boris Akunin and the European Detective Tradition”. 


The event is free and everyone is welcome but you need to register in advance online.

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Celebrating 100 years of Russian lecturing at Edinburgh

Celebrating 100 years of Russian

This event is one of a series taking place in 2019 to celebrate the centenary of Hugh G. Brennan’s first lecture on a graduating course in Russian at the University of Edinburgh. We are proud to be the oldest Russian department in Scotland, with non-graduating lectures starting in 1916, and our undergraduate degree course introduced in 1949. Today, we offer a range of undergraduate degrees, an MSc by Research, and a PhD in Russian Studies, as well as teaching in interdisciplinary masters programmes. The University also hosts the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, an internationally recognised research and public engagement centre which runs a series of academic and cultural events, including conferences, lectures, film festivals, and events with Russian award-winning writers.


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May 30 2019 -

Russia and Europe: Linguistic and Cultural Encounters

A one-day conference on Russian and European cultural and linguistic encounters in the last 300 years.

Project Room (1.06)
50 George Square