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WORKSHOP | Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation

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Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation

University of Leeds, 11-12 June 2015

Liberty Building, Moorland Road

This international workshop proposes to interrogate the role of Russian culture in forming discourses about Russia in the 21st Century. At a time when Putin’s Russia is repositioning itself in the globalised world in political and economic terms, the moment is ripe to examine the forces that shape Russia’s perceptions of itself. The workshop will be set in the context of moving beyond the late 20th Century postmodernist agenda of scepticism towards grand narratives, and will be united by the common thread of investigating whether Russia is building new grand narratives about itself and by what means.


Provisional schedule:    Start: 12:00 noon 11th June 2015

Finish: 14:00 12th June 2015

Fees and Registration: We invite attendees to register as audience members. There is a charge of £5 per day to cover catering costs. Please register at the following website by 1 June 2015:

Places are limited to 20 people per day.

Contact details:                Vlad Strukov

Sarah Hudspith   


Confirmed speakers and titles:

Robert Saunders (Farmingdale College, SUNY) ‘Geopolitical enemy #1? Anglophone popular culture, Vladimir Putin, and politics of representation’

Elena Trubina (Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg) ‘Permsky kul’turnyi proekt (Perm Cultural Project): looking back, looking forward’

Sarah Hudspith (University of Leeds) ‘War and Peace in Putin’s Russia: 19th Century literature in contemporary Russian cultural policy’

Katharine Hodgson (University of Exeter) ‘Poetry, canon, and identity in contemporary Russia’

Vera Zvereva (University of Edinburgh) ‘"Runet" as a concept: transformations of cultural semantics and discourse’

Saara Ratilainen (University of Tampere & Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki) ‘Independent and popular? Youth amateur TV in contemporary Russia’

Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester) ‘Projecting Russia in a globalised media ecology: recursive nationhood and international broadcasting under Putin’

Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds) ‘Between glamour and shit: Russian cinema, government policy and popular debate in the Putin era’

Maria Engstrom (Dalarna University, Sweden) ‘Conservative  revolution in contemporary Russian art’

Polly McMichael (University of Nottingham) ‘Russian rock music in the early 21st century: Between sincerity and cynicism’

Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (University of Edinburgh) ‘New era, new discourse: a turn to linguistic violence’

Mikhail Suslov (Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies) ‘Russian Orthodox Church in search of a cultural canon’

Viktor Apryshchenko (South Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu) ‘Creating the history of the future: Russian historical memory in the era of the Ukrainian crisis’

Directions to the venue: The event will be held in the Liberty Building, School of Law, Moorland Road,

University of Leeds, LS2 9JT (if using SatNav please use postcode LS6 1AN).

The Liberty Building is situated on the corner of Moorland Road and Belle Vue Road on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. It is situated behind the Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School). It is shown on the campus map as building no 16:

From Leeds train station, it is a 30 minute walk or you can take a taxi for around £5.00.

Alternatively the number 56 bus runs from Albion Street via Woodhouse Lane (A660) and stops on Moorland Road. These run every 10 minutes.