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Conference Announcement: Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation!

Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation
International Workshop
University of Leeds, 11-12 June 2015
Room G.33, Liberty Building, Moorland Road
Organised by Sarah Hudspith, Saara Ratilainen and Vlad Strukov

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. Our focus will be on recent developments in the area of cultural policy, censorship and 'patriotic propaganda'.

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:

If you wish to join the speakers for conference dinner on Thursday you can let us know by e-mail and pay for dinner during registration.

Places are limited to 20 people per day. Please see information on the venue and parking below.

Contact details: Saara Ratilainen; Sarah Hudspith; Vlad Strukov


11.00-11.30        Informal coffee and tea & registration
11.30-12.00        Opening remarks (Vlad Strukov and Sarah Hudspith)

12.00-12.30        Robert Saunders, Farmingdale College, SUNY
                            Geopolitical enemy #1? Anglophone popular culture, Vladimir Putin and politics of representation
12.30-13.00        Elena Trubina, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg
                            Permsky Kul'turnyi Proekt (Perm Cultural Project): looking back, looking forward
13.00-14.00        Lunch

14.00-14.30         Sarah Hudspith, University of Leeds
                             War and Peace in Putin's Russia: 19th century literature in contemporary Russian cultural policy
14.30-15.00        Katharine Hodgson, University of Exeter
                            Poetry, canon, and identity in contemporary Russia
15.00-15.30         Coffee

15.30-16.00        Vera Zvereva, University of Edinburgh
                            'Runet' as a concept: transformations of cultural semantics and discourse
16.00-16.30        Saara Ratilainen, University of Tampere / University of Helsinki
                            Independent and popular? Youth amateur online TV in Russia
16.30-17.00        Vlad Strukov, University of Leeds
                            Between Glamour and Shit: Russian Cinema, Government Policy and Popular Debate in the Putin
17.00-18.00        Wine
18.30                   Dinner

FRIDAY, 12 June

9.30-10.00         Maria Engstrom, Dalarna University, Sweden
                           Conservative revolution in contemporary Russian art
10.00-10.30       Polly McMichael, University of Nottingham
                           Russian rock music in the early 21st century: Between sincerity and cynicism
10.30-11.00       Coffee

11.00-11.30       Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, University of Edinburgh
                           New era, new discourse: a turn to linguistic violence
11.30-12.00       Mikhail Suslov, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies
                           Russian Orthodox Church in search of a cultural canon
12.00-12.15       Coffee

12.15-12.45        Viktor Apryshchenko, South Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu
                            Creating the history of the future: Russian historical memory in the era of the Ukrainian crisis
12.45-13.15        Irina Makoveeva, CIEE (USA), St. Petersburg and Moscow
                            Cultural policy and educational reform in Putin's Russia
13.15-14.00        Lunch / End of the workshop

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:

Parking is limited: public transport is recommended. There is four-hour street parking on Belle Vue Road; alternatively, you may use the multi-storey public car park on Woodhouse Lane and walk or catch the bus to Moorland Road.

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.


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