The Reading Group in Contemporary Russian Culture is a cross-disciplinary forum for discussing developments in Russian society and culture since 1990. We aim to discover links and confluences between formally disparate research fields, cultural genres and media, within the experiential framework of modern Russia.  For the first hour of our meeting, one or two invited speakers will give papers relating a broadly relevant theme to a specific area of cultural studies (e.g. anthropology or music). A general discussion will follow for the second hour.  All speakers present in English. The seminars are open to both Russianists and non-Russianists: if you are interested in any aspect of modern cultural studies, please come along. Wine will be served.

Our speakers include anthropologists, art historians, sociologists, political scientists, archaeologists, and cultural historians, among many others. For Michaelmas Term 2008, we offer sessions on diverse themes including political change, fashion culture and gay rights in post-Soviet Russia. A conference embracing all the topics covered in our seminar series is planned for September 2009.

On Dec 11-12 2009 CRASSH is hosting a workshop 'Russia on Edge: Reclaiming the Periphery in Contemporary Russian Culture' dedicated to the themes discussed during the seminar.  

External web site (http://www.ellenrutten.nl/russiaonedge.htm)



Alexander Etkind (Department of Slavonic Studies)
Muireann Maguire
Ellen Rutten
Vanessa Rampton

Faculty Advisers

Dr Alexander Etkind (Department of Slavonic Studies)
Dr Emma Widdis

Past events

Russian Studies Seminar
Post-Sovetskaia Kultura: Mezhdu Istoriei i Proshlym
23 Jan 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
Virtual Ducklings and Vampire Bats: The Literary Monsters of Putin’s Russia
6 Feb 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
Making the Canon: Russian Rock of the 1980s
20 Feb 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
The Politics of Literature in Contemporary Russia
5 Mar 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
Focus on Fashion: Modelling Moscow
8 Oct 2008 All day, CRASSH
The Other End of the Rainbow: Narratives of Youth and Gay Culture in Post-Soviet Society
22 Oct 2008 All day, CRASSH
Political Engagement
5 Nov 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
The New Holidays in Russia: Their Cultural and Political Meanings
19 Nov 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
Russia on Film: Documentary Evidence
14 Jan 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH
The Language of Politics
28 Jan 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Cultural Memory: Exegi Monumentum
11 Feb 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Digital Discourses: The Russian Internet
25 Feb 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Russia on Edge: Reclaiming the Periphery in Contemporary Russian Culture
11 Dec 2009 - 12 Dec 2009 All day, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane, Seminar room


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