11 Dec 2009 - 12 Dec 2009 All day CRASSH 17 Mill Lane, Seminar room


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Dr Ellen Rutten, Dr Muireann Maguire, Vanessa Rampton

Bringing together scholars from the US, the UK, Russia, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Germany, the Russia on Edge workshop will explore a range of contemporary developments in Russian culture and society, with a particular focus on the dynamic between centre and periphery in its various manifestations. That cultural production cannot be isolated from geographical, political and economic considerations is true for any place and time – but in post-Soviet Russia, novels, films, art works, architectural projects and even blogs have increasingly been functioning as agents that chip away at the hegemony of the discourse, imagery and power of the centre. The means, aims, and results of this new Russian project will be examined in this two-day interdisciplinary workshop.

Panels will address the question to what extent the dynamic between centre and periphery remains relevant for approaching Russian culture, whether there is evidence for a shift in cultural focus from Russia’s political centre to its geographical periphery, and the ideas of centrifugal power sources and competing centres. Speakers will explore the relationship between centre and periphery in relation to fashion, contemporary art, new media, blogs, gay culture, ‘marginal’ social groups, cinema and political imagery.

Dr Sergei Oushakine, University of Princeton, will deliver the keynote speech entitled: The Will to Connect: Plots and Fragments of Postsocialist Capitalism in Provincial Russia. 

Please visit the link on the right hand side of this page to see the programme, links to speakers and abstracts, or workshop website at  www.ellenrutten.nl/russiaonedge.htm.

For more information contact:    russiaonedge@googlemail.com


a) Registration Online is now closed

b)  Optional Conference Dinner:
If you wish to attend the conference dinner (to be held at Trinity College from 7.30pm on Friday 11th December), please contact russiaonedge@googlemail.com to confirm your place as soon as possible. Places are strictly limited.
Costs are   £35 for academic staff and   £15 for students.

Deadline to reserve a place for the Dinner: Friday 20 November 2009

 c)  Accommodation
Limited college accommodation for delegates is available at a subsidized price,

please contact us  by Friday 20 November to reserve a room at russiaonedge@googlemail.com 


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