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Elliott Lecture - The History of the Russian-Soviet Soul

30 May 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Winner, 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready (St Antony's & New College)

Svetlana Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Prize was awarded "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." According to the Official Website of the Nobel Prize “Svetlana Alexievich depicts life during and after the Soviet Union through the experience of individuals. In her books she uses interviews to create a collage of a wide range of voices. With her "documentary novels", Svetlana Alexievich, who is a journalist, moves in the boundary between reporting and fiction. Her major works are her grand cycle Voices of Utopia, which consists of five parts. Svetlana Alexievich's books criticize political regimes in both the Soviet Union and later Belarus.” All are welcome, but booking in advance is mandatory for this event. You can do so by clicking on this link.

Kyiv’s Fight for Sovereignty and Reforming the Country

27 May 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Natalia Galibarenko, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK

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During the past two years Ukraine has witnessed serious political turmoil – from the Euromaidan protest in support of signing the Association Agreement with the EU, to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and conflict in the East of the country. Along with these challenges to Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, the Ukrainian government faces the challenge of reforming the country. The current Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK will present her outlook on these challenges. Natalia Galibarenko was First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. She participated in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations on Ukraine in the framework of the EU, the Council of Europe, OSCE and other international organizations.

The popularity costs of economic crisis to dominant parties: evidence from Russia

10 May 2016, 1:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Bryn Rosenfeld (Nuffield)

Convenor(s): Professor Paul Chaisty (St Antony's)

Under what conditions does poor economic performance undermine the popularity of illiberal regimes? This paper examines how economic conditions translate into economic perceptions and how both of these affect incumbent support in a hybrid regime. I argue that voters extract objective information from local conditions, and are more likely to blame incumbents for poor economic performance (1) where the economy depends strongly on the state and (2) the ruling party is most dominant. I also test the contention that voters who believe mass media are not objective will give greater weight to personal experience and local conditions. A combination of cross-regional aggregate analysis and micro-level survey data provide empirical support for the argument. Specifically, I exploit subnational variation in economic performance across Russia's regions and support for the incumbent United Russia party during a major economic downturn, combining nationally and regionally representative surveys of more than 67,000 voting-age respondents with macroeconomic data on growth and unemployment. The findings suggest that despite informational asymmetries and ruling party efforts to deflect responsibility, voters nonetheless extracted objective economic information from their personal financial experiences and local conditions. Voters were then more likely to use this information to evaluate incumbents where the structure of the regional economy and local party dominance made economic performance  a clearer indicator of the ruling party's competence. Dr Rosenfeld earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2015 and is currently a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. In the fall of 2016, she will join the faculty of the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor in the Department of  Political Science. Her primary research interests are comparative political behavior, development and democratization, post-communism, and survey methodology. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., she worked for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Opinion Research, where she designed and analyzed studies of public opinion in the former Soviet Union.

Political legitimacy in crisis: Reflections on Romania, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

9 March 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Cvete Koneska (Control Risks, London); Gruia Badescu (St John’s College, Oxford); Jessie Hronesova (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

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Democracy in a Digital Age

8 March 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Martin Kettle (Associate Editor, The Guardian, Helen Margetts (Director, Oxford Internet Institute), Helen Milner (CEO, Tinder Foundation)

Convenor(s): Dr Timothy Power; Prof Robert Service

Fathers, sons, and grandsons: generational changes and regime trajectory in Russia

7 March 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Vladimir Gelman (European University at St Petersburg)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 7th March 2016: Vladimir Gelman - 'Fathers, sons and grandsons: generational changes and regime trajectory in Russia'

A crisis within the crisis: Migration flows in Greece in the turmoil of the bailout agreements

2 March 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dimitri Christopoulos (Panteion University of Athens), Kostis Karpozilos (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Adis Merdzanovic (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Deliberative Democracy: Can Citizens' Juries Provide the Answers?

1 March 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti CBE (Director, Liberty), Ben Shimshon (Director, BritainThinks), Sharon Witherspoon MBE (Former Director, Nuffield Foundation)

Convenor(s): Dr Timothy Power; Prof Robert Service

An odd type of "rubber stamp": intra-executive policy conflict in the Russian State Duma

29 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Ben Noble (New College)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 29th February 2016: Ben Noble - 'An odd type of "rubber stamp": intra-executive policy conflict in the Russian State Duma'

Massive refugee influx, collapsed borders, humanitarian crisis: Quo Vadis Europa?

24 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Franck Duvell (COMPAS, Oxford)

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A controversy revisited: Arnold Toynbee, the Koraes Chair, and the Western question in Greece and Turkey

22 February 2016, 6:00 pm

Speaker(s): Svjetlana Nedimovic

Convenor(s): Jessie Hronesova

Special Lecture: Presentation of a Video Documentary Animation by the School of Knowledge

Framing, fabricating and leveraging protest: how Russian state media manipulate public discontent

22 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Tomila Lankina (LSE)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 22nd February 2016: Tomila Lankina - 'Framing, fabricating and leveraging protest: how Russian state media manipulate public discontent'

Refugees, economics, geopolitics: AKP’s handling of Turkey’s multiple crises

17 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Ziya Meral (Centre for Historical Anlaysis and Conflict Research, Sandhurst)

Convenor(s): Türkay Nefes (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

From Russia with love: everyday patriotism in the Urals

8 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Paul Goode (University of Bath)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 8th February 2016: Paul Goode - 'From Russia with love: everyday patriotism in the Urals'

Alternative religious responses to the ethnic crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Faith-based peace and reconciliation

3 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Julianne Funk (University of Zurich)

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Adis Merdzanovic (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

The escape from institution-building in a globalized world: lessons from Russian

1 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Gulnaz Sharafutdinova (King's College London)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 1st February 2016: Gulnaz Sharafutdinova - 'The escape from institution-building in a globalized world: lessons from Russia'

The Eurozone crisis and Southern Europe: Recovery or illusion?

27 January 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Adam Bennett (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Peter Sanfey (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis; Adis Merdzanovic

'Is Direct Democracy Possible? Theory and Practice'

26 January 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Lord David Lipsey (Visiting Parliamentary Fellow, St Antony's)

Convenor(s): Dr Timothy Power; Prof Robert Service

Competing visions of modernity: reflections on the Russian case

25 January 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University, Connecticutt)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 25th January 2016: Peter Rutland - 'Competing visions of moderity: relections on the Russia case'

Geopolitics of fear: South East Europe in a dangerous neighbourhood

20 January 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s, Oxford), Richard Caplan (Linacre, Oxford), Neil MacFarlane (St Anne’s, Oxford), Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Ants)

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Challenging charisma: constructing grievance and the limits of legitimacy in post-Crimea Russia

18 January 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Samuel Greene (King's College London)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 18th January 2016: Samuel Greene - 'Challenging charisma: constructing grievance and the limits of legitimacy in post-Crimea Russia'

Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association 14th Annual Conference

9 December 2015, 10:45 am

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Convenor(s): Dr Anna Pleshakova and Dr Dagmar Divijak

'Crossing boundaries: taking a cognitive scientific perspective on Slavic languages and linguistics' Conference is co-sponsored by CEELBAS   

Gorbachev and Russian Culture at the end of the USSR

5 December 2015, 9:00 am

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Why did the Cold War end when it did? And did it?

30 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Robert Service (St Antony's, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

An Inconvenient Neighbour. EU and Russia: the crisis in Ukraine, the sanctions and the spillover in Syria

27 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Luca Ferrari (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy); Jon Snow (Channel 4 News)

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Historicizing Anna Karenina: Divorce and high society from the earlier drafts to the final text

26 November 2015, 5:30 pm

Speaker(s): Mikhail Dolbilov (University of Maryland)

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Life in Translation: Zofia Nałkowska in English and Virginia Woolf in Polish

25 November 2015, 5:15 pm

Speaker(s): Ursula Phillips (UCL), Magda Heydel (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

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Lost in Translation: International Communism and the Barriers of Language

23 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Steve Smith (All Souls, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

Children on the Soviet Home Front: Nutrition, Health and Mortality

16 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Don Filtzer (East London)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

Making a prophet again and again: history and intertextuality in the poetry of Velimir Khlebnikov

12 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): James Rann (Oxford)

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Cartography and Cultural Revolution: Maps, Modernity and the New Soviet Man

9 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Nick Baron (Nottingham)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies Conference Area Studies in the 21st Century

9 November 2015, 10:00 am

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Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies Conference “Area Studies in the 21st Century” on 9th November and Workshop “Eastern Europe without Borders” on 10th November 2015    Register here by 5 November.

William Browder on the State of Law in Putin's Russia

6 November 2015, 5:30 pm

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William Browder, Chief Executive Officer of Hermitage Capital and bestselling author of Red Notice. In this lecture, William Browder, author of New York Times bestseller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, will give a firsthand account of corruption, dirty politics, and murder in Russia, told by one of Putin’s Most Wanted. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of the imprisonment and murder of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who testified against the Russian Interior Ministry officials that embezzled $230 million in state funds. Bill Browder – the hedge fund manager who employed Magnitsky – will present a vivid account of the shadowy heart of the Kremlin, his battles with ruthless oligarchs in post-Soviet Union Moscow, and his subsequent expulsion from Russia on Putin’s orders.

Roundtable on the Maisky Diaries

6 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Gabriel Gorodetsky, Silvio Pons (Roma), Alex Pravda (St Antony's), Robert Service (St Antony's)

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The roundtable will discuss the recent publication by Yale University Press of Gabriel Gorodetsky's edition of The Maisky Diaries: Red Ambassador to the Court of St James's, 1932-1943. Participants will include Gabriel Gorodetsky, Silvo Pons (Universita di Roma 'Tor Vergata), Alex Pravda (St. Antony's), Robert Service (St Antony's). The diary of Ivan Maisky, Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943, grippingly documents Britain’s drift to war during the 1930s, appeasement in the Munich era, negotiations leading to the signature of the Ribbentrop–Molotov Pact, Churchill’s rise to power, the German invasion of Russia, and the intense debate over the opening of the second front. Maisky was distinguished by his great sociability and access to the key players in British public life.

Public Q and A with esteemed soviet Oxford historian, Robert Service

4 November 2015, 7:30 pm

Speaker(s): Robert Service (St Antony's, Oxford)

Convenor(s): John Paul O' Malley

Robert Service, currently a professor of Russian history at the university of Oxford, a Fellow of Russian history at St Antony's College Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, has just released this month: The End of the Cold War 1985-1991, published by Macmillan. Robert will be signing copies of the book on the night, and Primrose Hill Books will be selling both this book, and a selection of Robert's other books too. The End of the Cold War 1985-1991 looks set to be the most comprehensive account written yet about how the Cold war ended: a process which dramatically transformed the world in the late twentieth century. What better way to spend a Wednesday evening, relaxing with fellow history enthusiasts, talking about the cold war, while sipping on nice beer in the comfort of a brilliant North London pub?!

CEELBAS Postgraduate Research Training Workshops: Literary Theory Masterclass

4 November 2015, 1:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary, London); Professor Wendy Bracewell (UCL SSEES); Dr Barbara Wyllie

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CEELBAS POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Literary Theory Masterclass. What is World Literature? Responses from Soviet Russia. Literary Theory Masterclass with Professor Galin Tihanov For detailed information please visit the website: www.ceelbas.ac.uk/ceelbas-news/events/workshops/CEELBAS-POSTGRADUATE-RES...   The number of places for both workshops is limited. To register please contact CEELBAS Administrator Anna Tremain a.tremain@ucl.ac.uk  

Sovremennaya russkaya literatura glazami medievista: A talk, in Russian, by Evgeny Vodolazkin

3 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Evgeny Vodolazkin

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Evgeny Vodolazkin was born in Kiev in 1964 and has worked in the department of Old Russian Literature at St Petersburg's Pushkin House since 1990. The author of numerous academic books and articles, he made his debut as a novelist with Solovyov i Larionov (2009), which was shortlisted for the Andrei Bely Prize and The Big Book Award. His second novel, Lavr (2013), subtitled ‘an unhistorical novel’ and set in the late fifteenth century in Russia and Western Europe, has been one of the literary sensations of recent years, winning the Big Book and Yasnaya Polyana awards. Its translation into English by Lisa Hayden will be launched at an English-language event in London's Pushkin House on the evening following this event in Oxford, which will be in Russian only.

From Chagall to Yudina: The Lives of Jewish Artists in Russia

2 November 2015, 7:15 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Rosamund Bartlett (Oxford)

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From the Enlightened to the Sublime: Soviet Musical Culture under Stalin

2 November 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Pauline Fairclough (Bristol)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

My Personal Impressions of Putin's Russia - Shabbat Dinner & Lecture

30 October 2015, 8:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andrei Zorin

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Post-election discussion on the future of Poland

28 October 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jacek Żakowski; Bogusław Chrabota; Prof. Jan Zielonka (St. Antony’s College, Oxford University); Dr Anna Gwiazda (King’s College London)

Convenor(s): Dr Mikolaj Kunicki (St. Antony’s College, Oxford University)

As Poland goes into parliamentary elections on the 25th of October 2015, you are all most welcome to attend our panel of experts, which include distinguished political commentators and scholars. There will be discussions and first analysis of electoral outcomes affecting domestic and international affairs. Please find below information about the event.   Wednesday, 28 October, 5pm: Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR Title: Post-election discussion on the future of Poland. Speakers: Jacek Żakowski (Journalist and columnist for the weekly ‘Polityka’ and the daily ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’, chair journalism dept. Collegium Civitas, Poland) Bogusław Chrabota (Editor-In-Chief of Rzeczpospolita daily, Poland) Prof. Jan Zielonka (St. Antony’s College, Oxford University) Dr Anna Gwiazda (King’s College London) Chair: Dr Mikolaj Kunicki (St. Antony’s College, Oxford University)

I wanted that 250 złoty at any price: Revelation and deception in Polish competition memoirs, 1932-1967

26 October 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Katherine Lebow (Christ Church, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

The Great Fear: Stalin's Intelligence and the Origins of the Terror

19 October 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): James Harris (Leeds)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

Stalin's Team in the Great Purges: Perpetrators and Potential Victims

12 October 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sheila Fitzpatrick (Syndey)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

Seminar: The Ukraine Conflict in 2014-15: Political, Economic, Military & International Dimensions

9 October 2015, 3:00 pm

Speaker(s): Prof Dan Healey, Dr Paul Chaisty, Dr Chris Davis, Prof Roy Allison, Dr Alex Pravda

Convenor(s): Dr Chris Davis

The Ukraine Conflict in 2014-15: Political, Economic, Military and International Dimensions Seminar Programme 3:00   Welcoming Remarks, Dan Healey, Professor of Russian History (History and SIAS), Fellow St. Antony’s College and Chair of the Management Committee of Russian and East European Studies 3:05 Panel Presentations on the Ukraine Conflict, Chair: Nicolette Makovicky, Departmental Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies (SIAS) 3:05 Political and Constitutional Issues in Ukraine: Results from Public Opinion Surveys Paul Chaisty, Associate Professor of Russian Politics (Politics and SIAS) and Fellow, St. Antony’s College 3:35 The Influences of Economic-Military Power Balances and Economic Warfare on   the Ukraine Conflict Christopher Davis, Reader in Command and Transition Economies (Economics and SIAS) and Fellow, Wolfson College 4:05 Explanations for the Interventions of Russia in the Ukraine Conflict Roy Allison Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations (SIAS) and Fellow, St. Antony’s College 4:35 Coffee 5:00 Round-table Discussion of the Ukraine Conflict, Chair: Dan Healey Presentation by Alex Pravda, REES Senior Research Fellow (SIAS) on The Ukraine Conflict and International Relations Followed by a discussion with panellists Roy Allison, Paul Chaisty and Christopher Davis 6:00 Reception for All Participants  

Limits to growth in Soviet perspective: critical discourses on modernity in the USSR during the 1960s and 70s.

8 October 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Malte Rolf (Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg)

Convenor(s): Prof Dan Healey

 In 1968 Andrei Sakharov wrote his essay "Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence, and Intellectual Freedom". In his memorandum – which quickly circulated in samizdat – Sakharov not only pointed at the growing threat of a nuclear world war, but launched a debate on the intensifying industrial and technical exploitation of nature and its resources. Sakharov and other authors took part in a critical discourse that in the 1960s and 70 started to reconsider the basic notion of growth and modernity even in the USSR. In my paper I want to highlight aspects of this Soviet critical assessment of modern times. I will show how some of the assumptions of a “reflective modernity” were shared in the USSR. The presentation follows traces of this critical re-evaluation in different layers of Soviet society and describes how even the party-state under Brezhnev was partially promoting such forms of “reflections on the future”. Finally, the paper argues that these changes were not simply induced by a transfer of contemporary Western debates on the “limits to growth” (promoted by institutions like the “Club of Rome”). On the contrary, critical Soviet voices on modernity in its traditional form were participating in a global circulation of ideas and –partially– were influential in international organizations and networks. Reconsidering modernity in the 1960s and 70s was an endeavor in which the Soviet Union played an active and visible role.

Oxford Perm Association 20th Anniversary Talks

2 July 2015, 6:30 pm

Speaker(s): Karen Hewitt MBE

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'What's going on in Russia?' The views and values of ordinary Russians. Karen will talk about the changes in Russia during the last two years as described and assessed by Russians from twenty cities and towns.

Perm-36 Museum and Gulag History

26 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Dan Healey

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Oxford Perm Association 20th Anniversary Talks

19 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Ann Pasternak-Slater

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The Paintings of Leonid Pasternak Ann will give an illustrated talk on the paintings of her grandfather, Leonid Pasternak, one of the first Russian impressionists

Sex and gender during communism

11 June 2015, 12:30 pm

Speaker(s): Kateřina Lišková (Gender Studies Program, Department of Sociology Office for Population Studies, Czech Republic)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey, St Antony's College

Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity (History): Graduate Research Group This is the latest in a series of graduate student seminars in the CGIS. All are welcome. We will explore sex and gender in a communist country through the prism of expertise. Sexology advised people how to live happy married lives and also managed sexual deviants. I will focus on the ways in which the understanding of how sexual deviants were shifted over time and connect these changes to the broader rearrangements of the regime in Czechoslovakia between early and late stages.  

POMP (Programme on Modern Poland)

11 June 2015, 10:00 am

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Convenor(s): Agnieszka Gurbin, St Antony's College

Graduate Students' Conference All welcome

Poetry evening with Tomasz Różycki

5 June 2015, 5:30 pm

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Convenor(s): ania.ready@gmail.com

Conversation with one of the most remarkable Polish poets, Tomasz Różycki, led by Anna Ready (Oxford University Press). Różycki’s poems in English translation will be read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Różycki, 45, is the author of seven volumes of poetry which have been very well received in his native country and in translation (Colonies, 2013; Twelve Stations, 2015). He is also a translator in his own right (from French).  This event is supported by OCCT (Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation), the Polish Cultural Institute, and the Programme on Modern Poland at St Antony’s.  

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

4 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andrey Olear (Tomsk)

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

‘Bilingual Poetry: Classical and Contemporary’/“Двуязычная поэзия: классик и современник’ (in Russian)

RESC seminar - 'Can Aleksandr Dugin be called a religious thinker?'

1 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Edmund Griffiths (Oxford)

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All welcome!

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

28 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Stephen Hutchings (Manchester)

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

 'Russian Cinema on the International Stage: Cultural Diplomacy, Metatextuality and Recursive Nationhood'

RESC seminar - 'Caution, Religion! Iconoclasm, secularism, and ways of seeing in the post-Soviet art wars'

25 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Anya Bernstein (Harvard)

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All welcome!

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

21 May 2015, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

Collective reading and discussion of a text led by Profs Bullock and Curtis. Further details and copies of text nearer the time.

RESC seminar - 'Islamic radicalization as a theme in Uzbek literature, art and cinema'

18 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Hamid Ismailov (BBC)

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International academia is divided on the issue of Islamic radicalisation in Central Asia and Uzbekistan. Some scholars consider it a myth created by the local authoritarian regimes to keep the population under control. Others argue that the radicalisation is real. Indeed hundreds if not thousands of Islamic militants from Central Asia and especially from Uzbekistan are fighting in the ranks of IS in Syria and Iraq and also as a part of Taliban in Afghanistan. Dozens of thousands are imprisoned in Uzbekistan on religious grounds. So how is this reality reflected in Uzbek literature and cinema? I’ll be discussing several Uzbek films such as “Square no 18”, “Deceived Woman”, “Gone Astray” and “The Traitor” as well as my own novel “A Poet and Bin-Laden”, along with some Uzbek short stories, showing how the state propaganda is working through these films, distorting reality. Hamid Ismailov’s novels The Railway, The Dead Lake and A Poet and Bin-Laden have all been translated into English (from Russian). The Dead Lake was longlisted for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction award. All welcome!   

2015 Paul Bergne Memorial Lecture

13 May 2015, 6:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Marlene Laruelle

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'Central Asia in and out. Globalizing factors' Professor Laruelle is Director of the Central Asia Programme and a Research Professor of International Affairs at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. If you would like to RSVP or if you have any questions, please email pblecture@gmail.com

RESC seminar - 'Forced secularization and its consequences: religion in post-Soviet Russia'

11 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Hosking (SSEES, UCL)

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All Welcome!

Fifth Annual Oxford Fulbright Distinguished Lecture in International Relations

8 May 2015, 11:45 am

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‘Managing the Crises in Ukraine and Elsewhere: Lessons for Leadership’ Ambassador Jack Matlock, scholar and former Unites States Ambassador to the Soviet Union. Please note that advance registration is required for this event and that places are limited. The lecture is hosted by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, in association with the Department of Politics and International Relations, Pembroke College and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Please contact Charlie Game for further information

RESC Seminar - 'Faith and fatherland: Russia's Christian warriors

4 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): John Garrard and Carol Garrard (Arizona)

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All welcome!

Russian Graduate Seminar Special Event: "The History of Administrative Exile in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Russia'

30 April 2015, 4:30 pm

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Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

Daniel Beer (Royal Holloway), ‘Contesting State Power: Political Exiles and the Discourse of Rights in Siberia, 1881-1914’, Albert Baiburin (European University, St Petersburg), ‘Administrative Exile in the USSR, 1932-1991: The Geography of Power’ (‘Режимная география СССР (1930 -1990-е гг.)’, in Russian, translation into English provided).

International Conference at UCL

20 March 2015, 2:00 pm

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'Microhistories: Social and Cultural Relations in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (1387-1795) '    

RESC Seminar. 'Soviet doctors facing liberation: eyewitnesses, experts & collaborators'

9 March 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Nathalie Moine (Centre d'etudes des mondes russe, caucasien, centre-europeen, Paris)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

5 March 2015, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

'Writing "Unofficial" History in Russia - a roundtable discussion with Nikita Petrov (Memorial)

RESC Seminar. 'Vae victis!' Siberian exile as a revolutionary battleground, 1880-1905'

2 March 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Daniel Beer (Royal Holloway)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

26 February 2015, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

Presentations by Oxford graduate students Yury Sorochkin and Ol'ga Smolyak

RESC Seminar. 'Discarded on the edge of life' or establishment figures? Leningrad's Red Army veterans as insiders and outsiders'

23 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Robert Dale (Nottingham Trent)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

The Media and Politics Seminar Series

20 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Luke Harding, Foreign Correspondent, The Guardian

Convenor(s): Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

'Nothing is True: The Kremlin's Global Information War and the Russian Media'

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

19 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

Ilchester lecture by Julie Cassiday (Williams College, MA) 'Glamazons en Travesti: Drag Queens in Putin's Russia'  

The Russian middle class: agent of democracy or bastion of the status-quo?

15 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Cameron Ross (University of Dundee)

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's) & Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2016: Issues in Contemporary Russian Politics 15th February 2016: Cameron Ross - 'The Russian middle class: agent of democracy or bastion of the status-quo?'

Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Seminar Series

10 February 2015, 5:00 pm

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'Moscow and Kiev: over-ambitious central powers?' Lord Robert Skidelsky (economist) Lord Raymond Oxford (former diplomat in Moscow and Kiev Embassies Prof Robert Service (St Antony's)

RESC Seminar. 'Liberating madness - punishing insanity: Soviet hippies, socialist psychiatry & the politics of craziness'

9 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Juliane Furst (Bristol)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

Workshop: Approaches to Narrative in the Russian and East European Context

6 February 2015, 9:00 am

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Registration is now open for the interdisciplinary CEELBAS-funded postgraduate workshop Approaches to Narrative in the Russian and East European Context, to be held at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford, on Friday 6th February 2015.  The workshop consists of two panels, each of three papers, plus an address by keynote speaker Professor David Shepherd (Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Cultural Theory, Keele University), a distinguished scholar who has published on Russian literature, culture, and critical and cultural theory. Please email approaches2015@gmail.com for all enquiries or to register for the event. Registration will close one week before the event itself. Travel bursaries are available for postgraduate participants.

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

5 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Natalia Skradol (Sheffield)

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

'One Might Think It Its a Ward in a Madhouse: Late Stalinism, Early Cold War and Caricature'

CEELBAS Internships Scheme: 'Show & Tell' workshop and networking lunch

5 February 2015, 10:30 am

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10:30am - 2:00pm A chance to meet fellow researchers from CEELBAS universities and hear about recent internship projects to promote collaboration outside the university sector.   Speakers: Rumena Filipova (University of Oxford, Politics & International Relations) - on her project at the Carnegie Moscow Center Leandra Bias (University of Oxford, Russian & East European Studies) - on her project at the Moscow Centre for Gender Studies (MCGS) Blanka Matković (University of Warwick, History) - on her project at the Imperial War Museum, London Imogen Wade (UCL SSEES) - on her project at oDR (opendemocracyRussia), London   Chair: Professor Christopher Davis (University of Oxford, Russian & East European Studies; Co-Director of CEELBAS)   Registration: Places at the workshop are limited and registration in advance is required. To register, e-mail ssees-ceelbas@ucl.ac.uk   The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS)

Annual Kołakowski Lecture

4 February 2015, 5:00 pm

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Programme on Modern Poland (POMP) Prof Dariusz Stola, Director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews "One century, three Polands: the Second Republic, People’s Poland, and the Third Republic.”

RESC Seminar. 'Stigma, in/visibility & the everyday experiences of non-heterosexual women in Russia: interrogating 'the global closet'

2 February 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Francesca Stella (Glasgow)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

The Media and Politics Seminar Series

30 January 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Bridget Kendall, Diplomatic Editor, BBC

Convenor(s): Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

The Challenges of Reporting the Russia/Ukraine Conflict

SEESOX seminar: Global South East Europe in a Multi Polar World

28 January 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Diana Bozhilova (King's College, London) Konstantinos Filis (Panteion Unversity), Androulla Kaminara (European Commission)

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis, St Antony's College

'Energy Politics: Empowerment or dependency?'

RESC Seminar. The cult of the urka: writing criminal subculture into Soviet histography

26 January 2015, 12:45 pm

Speaker(s): Mark Vincent (East Anglia)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

Russian Graduate Seminar Programme

22 January 2015, 11:45 am

Speaker(s): Cecile Pichon-Bonin (Sciences-Po)

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New College) and Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

'From Paintings to Illustrated Children's Books: the Society of Easel Painters (OST) Practice in the 1920s and 1930s'

SEESOX seminar: Global South East Europe in a Multi Polar World

21 January 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College), Spyros Economides (LSE), James Ker Linsday (LSE)

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis, St Antony's College

RESC Seminar. 'Outsiders in a hearing world? Sound, speech & marginality in the Soviet deaf community 1917-1985'

19 January 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Claire Shaw (Bristol)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

Seminar: 'Art and Politics in the USSR'

16 January 2015, 11:15 am

Speaker(s): Cecile Pichon-Bonin (Sciences-Po)

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Russian Graduate Seminar (Sub-Faculty of Russian & Other Slavonic Languages)

4 December 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New Collge) and Prof Ross Bullock (Wadham)

Catriona Bass (Independent scholar), 'Beyond the Blockade. Present day civic engagement in redressing post-war injustices in the Leningradskaya Oblast'’

A Russian-language event. Russian and Ukrainian Literature Now – Reflections and Readings

3 December 2014, 5:30 pm

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Convenor(s): Oliver Ready

Two years after St Antony’s hosted a conference on contemporary Russian prose and poetry, we welcome back two star guests to bring us up to date with some of the most exciting recent developments in Russian and Ukrainian literature, and to read from their own poetry. Both are leading poets in Russia; Maria Galina is also well-known as a novelist and an editor at Novyi mir. All welcome. Arkady Shtypel’s literary career started in the early 1960s, and took off in 1965, when he was expelled from the Physics Faculty of Dniepropetrovsk University ‘po ideologii’ – for his dissident ideas. Thus black-listed and prevented from following a more conventional physics-based career, Shtypel moved to Moscow where he worked as a maths teacher, security guard, photographer, and a small-scale importer of Chinese goods. His first book of poems Grazhdane nochi was published in 1989. Since then he has gone on to win numerous prizes, and built up a firm reputation as a poet of linguistic freedom, plasticity and clarity. He is also a well-regarded translator of Dylan Thomas and Shakespeare. Maria Galina graduated from Odessa University with a degree in marine biology. In 1995 she gave up sea expeditions for the literary life. She is now a widely published science-fiction writer, an acclaimed poet, critic and translator. Her work contains a thread of magical realism and a thoughtful examination of gender issues. Among her novels, Volchia zvezda and Iramification (2004) were both awarded prizes at the International Assembly Portal in Kiev in 2005, whilst Malaya glusha and Medvedky have appeared on the shortlists for the Russian Bolshaya Kniga Prize, the Russian Booker Prize and the Big Book Prize between 2009 and 2011. AN RESC EVENT SUPPORTED BY THE HARRY SHUKMAN SEMINAR FUND (created in Harry’s memory by Fay and Geoffrey Elliott)  

1989: Then and Now Prof Timothy Garton Ash will show extracts from his BBC documentary “Freedom’s Battle” and respond to questions about the experience then and its significance now.

3 December 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Betts. St Antony's College

RESC Seminar. 'Lessons of the Ukraine crisis'

1 December 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andrew Wilson (University College London)

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

Programme on Modern Poland (POMP) - WWI in film Seminar Series

27 November 2014, 6:00 pm

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Russian Graduate Seminar (Sub-Faculty of Russian & Other Slavonic Languages)

27 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Prof Catriona Kelly (New Collge) and Prof Ross Bullock (Wadham)

Benami Barros (Granada/Oxford), ‘Достоевский и его способы воздействовать на восприятие читателей'

RESC Seminar. 'Post-Soviet states and international norms: introducing the idea of internal conditionality'

24 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Rick Fawn (University of St Andrews)

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

Poland and Turkey: 600 Years of Diplomatic Relations

24 November 2014, 3:00 pm

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Poland and Turkey: 600 Years of Diplomatic Relations A conversation with Marcin Zaborowski and Umut Korkut

Programme on Modern Poland (POMP) - WWI in film Seminar Series

20 November 2014, 6:00 pm

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'Paths of Glory' by Stanley Kubrick click here for info

25 Years of Transition and its Impact on the Economies of Eastern Europe

18 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Rainer Münz (Head of Research and Knowledge, Erste Group Bank)

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

RESC Seminar. 'Emotions in Russian Foreign Policy'

17 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Tuomas Forsberg (University of Tampere)

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

Russian Graduate Seminar (Sub-Faculty of Russian & Other Slavonic Languages)

13 November 2014, 5:00 pm

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Vadim Bass (St Petersburg), ‘Изобретение Петербурга 100 лет назад: город, которого не было’

Programme on Modern Poland (POMP) - WWI in film Seminar Series

13 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Mikolaj Kunicki (Faculty of History, St Antony's College, Oxford)

"The End of St Petersburg" (Soviet Union, 1927) by Vsevolod Pudovkin     Introduced by David Priestland (Faculty of History, St Edmund Hall, Oxford)   Convenor: Mikolaj Kunicki (Faculty of History, St Antony's College, Oxford)   Thursday 13th November, 5 pm.   ALL WELCOME, AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, 70 Woodstock Road

RESC Seminar. 'Georgia, the EU Association Agreement and wider foreign policy challenges'.'

10 November 2014, 12:45 pm

Speaker(s): H.E Ambassador Natalie Sabanadze (Georgian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the head of the Georgian mission to the European Union)

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

RESC Seminar. 'Corruption and authoritarianism in Central Asia'

3 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jody LaPorte (St Hilda's College Oxford)

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

Russian Graduate Seminar (Sub-Faculty of Russian & Other Slavonic Languages)

30 October 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Marina Abasheva

Convenor(s):

Marina Abasheva (Perm’), ‘Национальная идентичность в современной российской массовой литературе: мифы, формы, функции’

Programme on Modern Poland (POMP)

28 October 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Dr Mikolaj Kunicki

From Accession Negotiations to the 2014 European Elections: Prospects and Challenges of Poland’s EU Integration Panellists: Janusz Lewandowski (Member of the European Commission responsible for Financial Programming and Budget) Jan Truszczyński (Former Director General of DG EAC), Jan Cienski (Former Warsaw bureau chief of the Financial Times) Discussants: Ina Strazdina (Brussels Correspondent) Robert Madelin (Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission)

RESC Seminar. 'Regime neo-Eurasianism: rethinking the politics of foreign policy in post-Soviet Kazakhstan'

27 October 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Luca Anceschi (University of Glasgow)

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

Russian Graduate Seminar

23 October 2014, 5:00 pm

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Welcome and introductions. All are invited to attend, especially new and current graduate students. There will be an opportunity for everybody to introduce themselves and briefly outline their fields of research.

RESC Seminar. Russian intervention in Ukraine: Crossing the Rubicon?'

13 October 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Prof Roy Allison

Convenor(s): Prof. Roy Allison

RESC Seminar. Culture and society in Russia's Great War.

16 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

Roundtable panel and book launch - Christopher Stroop (RANEPA/Stanford), Matthias Neumann (UEA) and Murray Frame (Dundee)

Bolshe Vita (Film series 5)

12 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Dr Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Contact: kaja.wawrzak@sant.ox.ac.uk Telephone: 01865 274494

Prospects for the EU Eastern Partnership in 2015

10 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): H.E. Mr Andris Teikmanis (Latvian Ambassador to the UK)

Convenor(s): Peteris Zilgalvis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

RESC Seminar. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk - the peace that should not be forgotton.

9 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): John Steinberg (Austin Peay University, TN)

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

Good Bye, Lenin by Wolfgan Becker (Germany 2003)

5 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Dr Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Contact: kaja.wawrzak@sant.ox.ac.uk Telephone: 01865 274494

RESC Seminar. Russia's kaleidoscope of revolutions: intersections in national and regional narratives of the revolutionary period, 1917-21.

2 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sarah Badcock (Nottingham)

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

A Tale of Two Forests - Comparing the Historical Patterns of Deforestation and Conservation in the Brazilian Atlantic and Amazon Forests - 1930-2012

28 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jose Augusto Padua, (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Rachel Carson Centre in Munich)

Convenor(s): William Beinart

East and East-Central European Seminar

27 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Mikolaj Kunicki. Senior Research Fellow in Polish Studies & Director, Programme on Modern Poland (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Drs Jan Fellerer & Robert Pyrah (queries to robert.pyrah@history.ox.ac.uk)

We Are 10 Million Representations of the Solidarity Movement in Polish Contemporary Cinema.

RESC Seminar. The Great War and the politics of memory in contemporary Russia

26 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Vera Tolz (Manchester)

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

East and East-Central European Seminar

20 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Drs Jan Fellerer & Robert Pyrah (queries to robert.pyrah@history.ox.ac.uk)

Inscribing Martyrdom in Urban Space in Poland and Ukraine. From the Warsaw Uprising to the Maidan This informal seminar offers a range of diverse perspectives on East- and East-Central Europe, fostering contact across disciplines and helping researchers with similar interests connect and deepen their knowledge. All students are invited. - See more at: http://www.rees.ox.ac.uk/east-and-east-central-european-seminar#sthash.P...

RESC Seminar. The February Revolution: eight days in Petrograd.

19 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Peter Waldron (UEA)

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

Martin Sixsmith, Broadcaster, Journalist & Author

14 May 2014, 6:00 pm

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Martin Sixsmith will speak at St Peter’s College on Russia and the acclaimed film ‘Philomena’, based on his book ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’ Click here to register.  

Lecture & Book Launch. What's so great about strong leaders?

14 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Archie Brown, CMG, FBA Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College

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Chair: Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College Past President of the British Academy   [Copies of Archie Brown’s new book, The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age (Bodley Head, 2014) will be available for sale and signing after the lecture and question-period]

East and East-Central European Seminar

13 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Kamil Kijek (Warsaw)

Convenor(s): Drs Jan Fellerer & Robert Pyrah (queries to robert.pyrah@history.ox.ac.uk)

The Last Generation of Jewish Youth in Interwar Poland: YIVO Autobiographical Contest, Socialization and Political Consciousness This informal seminar offers a range of diverse perspectives on East- and East-Central Europe, fostering contact across disciplines and helping researchers with similar interests connect and deepen their knowledge. All students are invited. - See more at: http://www.rees.ox.ac.uk/east-and-east-central-european-seminar#sthash.P... This informal seminar offers a range of diverse perspectives on East- and East-Central Europe, fostering contact across disciplines and helping researchers with similar interests connect and deepen their knowledge. All students are invited. - See more at: http://www.rees.ox.ac.uk/east-and-east-central-european-seminar#sthash.P...

RESC Seminar. The Problem of the 'local' in revoluntionary Russia: Moscow province, 1914-22

12 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Matt Rendle (Exeter)

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

Georgia in the Context of Europeanisation

6 May 2014, 10:30 am

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The conference deals with the latest sociopolitical transformations in Georgia, particularly the country’s westward aspirations and respective policy decisions, as well as their representations in the both official and public discourses. The impact of Europeanisation on different spheres, from international relations to higher education, will be explored. The case of Georgia will be placed in a wider South Caucasian context and the dynamics of perception of the West in the South Caucasian societies will be discussed, focusing on how the notion of the West has transformed from a homogeneous  entity to a more nuanced grouping in the people’s minds, and what factors - domestic, regional and international - conditioned these transformations. This discussion will be followed by the analysis of domestic actors’ foreign policy behaviors in Georgia as an observable proxy for the study of regional configurations in the former Soviet space. Furthermore, the evolution of the partnership process with the EU through to Vilnius Summit in November 2013 and its implications for Georgia’s process of Europeanisation will be explored, moving from the level of official discourses to the one of popular discourses. In addition, the Georgian official and media discourses about the NATO membership prior to the Georgian-Russian conflict in 2008 will be analyzed. Finally, the pro-European transformations in the Georgian higher education system since signing the Bologna Declaration in 2005 will be discussed. Conference Schedule 10:30–11:00 am – Welcome and coffee/tea 11:00–11:10 am - Opening remarks Panel 1. 11:10 am-12:40 pm  Perceptions of the West in the South Caucasus. George Mchedlishvili, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia; Chatham House Fellow 2013. Georgia and Regional Interactions - How to Tease Out the Reference to the Regional Level by Domestic Actors. Alessandra Russo, PhD candidate at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. 12:40-14:00 pm – lunch Panel 2. 14:00 – 15:30 pm Europe/AA/DCFTA/Vilnius/Georgia. Neil Macfarlane, Lester B Pearson Professor of International Relations and Fellow, St Anne's College. On Europeanisation, National Sentiments and Confused Identities in Georgia. Lika Tsuladze, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tbilisi State University; RESC Fellow, St. Antony’s College. 15:30-16:00 pm – Coffee/tea Panel 3. 16:00-17:30 pm Producing Legitimacy: NATO Discourses in Georgia in 2004-2008. Elene Melikishvili, PhD candidate in War Studies, King’s College, London. Joining Europe - Challenges after Ten Years of Reforms in the Higher Education in Georgia. Marine Chitashvili, Vice Rector and Full Professor of Psychology, Tbilisi State University. 17:30 – 18:00 pm - Closing remarks. To register please contact Dr Lika Tsuladze

RESC Seminar. The First World War, revolution and Lenin's imperialism in retrospect: the long view.

5 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Alexander Marshall (Glasgow)

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Dynamics of Executive-Legislative Relations in Africa, Latin America and the Former Soviet Union

2 May 2014, 9:00 am

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Please see the Programme below.

East and East-Central European Seminar

29 April 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Wanda Wyporska

Convenor(s): Drs Jan Fellerer & Robert Pyrah (queries to robert.pyrah@history.ox.ac.uk)

Representations of the Wich in Early Modern Poland. From Maleficia to Lysa Gora.     This informal seminar offers a range of diverse perspectives on East- and East-Central Europe, fostering contact across disciplines and helping researchers with similar interests connect and deepen their knowledge. All students are invited.  

RESC Seminar. Conceiving and rethinking Russia's Great War and Revolution 1914-1922

28 April 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Prof. Dan Healey

Roundtable panel - Tony Heywood (Aberdeen), Christopher Read (Warwick) and David MacDonald (Wisconsin)

Seminar on Health in Russia Health in Russia in 2020: A Return to Normality?

27 March 2014, 1:45 pm

Speaker(s): Prof. Chris Davis, Prof. Marina Kolosnitsyna, Prof. Igor Sheiman

Convenor(s): Dr Chris Davis

1:45 Coffee and Tea   2:00 Welcoming Remarks   2:10 Issues and Debates in the Preparation of the Health Section of the Strategy 2020 Document of the Government of the Russian Federation Prof. Igor Sheiman Department of Health Economics, Higher School of Economics, Moscow   2:30 Illness, Morbidity Icebergs and Healthy Life Expectancy in Russia out to 2020 Prof. Christopher Davis Wolfson College and University of Oxford, Oxford and Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economic and Public Administration, Moscow   2:50 Reforms of the Russian medical system and their impacts out to 2020 Prof. Marina Kolosnitsyna Department of State Management and Economics of the Social Sector, Higher School of Economics, Moscow   3:20 Discussion and Debate Concerning the Presentations   5:00 Reception   Seminar Speakers   Prof. Christopher Davis is the Reader in Command and Transition Economies in the Department of Economics and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford University and is a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation for Cambridge on The Economics of Health in the USSR and has carried out research on health issues throughout his career. He currently is involved in a research project in Moscow as the Head of the Research Laboratory of the Economics of Health Reform at the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economic and Public Administration, Moscow   Prof. Marina Kolosnitsyna is the Head of the Department of State Management and Economics of the Social Sector at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She is a well-known expert on the economics and reform of health and education in Russia. During 2011-12 she participated in the Russian Government Working Group on Health for the Strategy 2020 document, which was intended to serve as the basis of the reform policies of President Putin from 2012 onward.    Prof. Igor Sheiman is the Deputy Head of the Department of Health Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is a well-known expert on the organisation and performance of the medical system in Russia. He has carried out analyses of most significant health reform efforts in Russia over the past two decades and has substantial experience in the evaluation of health reforms in the regions of Russia. During 2011-12 he participated in the Russian Government Working Group on Health for the Strategy 2020 document, which was intended to serve as the basis of the reform policies of President Putin from 2012 onward.

Book Colloquium - (In)formal Economies, Economies of Favour: The End of Transition? Perspectives on Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet Space

20 March 2014, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Agnieszka Kubal

It has been 25 years since the Velvet Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Although the political and legal transfers of power could be considered quite successful, the transition in the sphere of economy attracts quite ambiguous views. In recent years, there has emerged a growing consensus among social scientists that everyday economic transactions — comprising cash-in-hand work, subsistence production, and the use of social networks — have increasingly become subsumed by a more thoroughly regulated formal economy. But two books published in the last year challenge this view, by bringing to light the thriving, if hidden, informal economies in Russia and Eastern Europe. The colloquium will bring together two of the authors, Dr Nicolette Makovicky and Dr John Round, with socio-legal scholars and anthropologists to explore these complex relationships, and discuss how informal work, often, actually supports more formal income, as people can only afford to undertake low-paid formal work as a result of their informal incomes. Participants ·       Dr John Round, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham and Higher School of Economics, Moscow ·       Dr Nicolette Makovicky, Departmental Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies ·       Professor Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford ·       Dr Marina Kurkchiyan, Deputy Director and Law Foundation Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford ·       Dr Agnieszka Kubal, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

Moscow in the Russian short story.

10 March 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sasha Dugdale (Editor 'Modern Poetry in Translation')

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

Quantitative Methods Hub seminar programme. Using Smartphones to Research Daily Life

10 March 2014, 12:15 pm

Speaker(s): Neil Lathia, University of Cambridge, UK

Convenor(s): Lars-Erik Malmberg, Steve Strand, James Hall

As smartphones proliferate throughout society, so too does the opportunity to use these devices to study, understand, and positively affect human behaviour in a variety of different contexts. Smartphone-based studies allow researchers to interact with their participants, via prompts to complete questionnaires, with less obtrusiveness than previous methods; moreover, these phones allow researchers to collect data from sensors on the phone that quantitatively encode behaviour. In this talk, I will review some of our recent work that uses a smartphone app to study daily moods: I will discuss the challenges of designing and deploying an app that has, to date, been downloaded approximately 30,000 times, and describe how behaviour can be quantified via sensor data. I will close by describing a new app that is being developed to apply our experiences to other domains beyond mood.

DPhil Lunchtime Seminar Series.

7 March 2014, 12:30 pm

Speaker(s): Speaker: Ioannis Katsaroumpas (Law) Chair: Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's)

Convenor(s):

"EU Bailout Conditionality as a De Facto Mode of Government: A Neo-Liberal Black Hole for the Greek Collective Labour Law System?"

Russian Graduate Seminar

6 March 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Samantha Sherry (University College, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Prof. Catriona Kelly, Prof. Andrei Zorin and Dr Philip Ross Bullock

‘Exploring the Identity of the Soviet Censor during the Thaw’

Constructing post-socialist identity in capital cities: a comparative case study of Minsk and Astana

3 March 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Nelly Bekus (Exeter)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

Quantitative Methods Hub seminar programme. Challenges in developing teacher selection tools

3 March 2014, 12:15 pm

Speaker(s): Rob Klassen, University of York, UK

Convenor(s): Lars-Erik Malmberg, Steve Strand, James Hall

Abstract Research and theory in education and psychology provide some guidance about what makes for effective teaching, but developing reliable and valid teacher selection tools based on this body of knowledge presents a real challenge. In this talk I consider the challenges in developing teacher selection tools in the UK and internationally, and propose ways to improve selection practice.

DPhil Lunchtime Seminar Series.

28 February 2014, 12:30 pm

Speaker(s): Speaker: Rowena Abdul Razak (Oriental Studies) Chair: Cathryn Costello (St Antony's)

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"British Policy and the Tudeh Party of Iran, 1941-1953"

Russian Graduate Seminar

27 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Prof. Catriona Kelly, Prof. Andrei Zorin and Dr Philip Ross Bullock

collective reading (text to be circulated in due course), followed by supper at a local restaurant

Renaming Kӧnigsberg-Kaliningrad: questions of memory beyond a German-Russian dichotomy.

24 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Edward Saunders (Vienna)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania: Reinventing politics in the Balkans: From the local to the regional and European

24 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College)

Politician, visual artist, publicist, former professor at the Art Academy, and former basketball player with the Albanian National Team, Edi Rama is now the Prime Minister of Albania, and the leader of the Socialist Party. Edi Rama served as Mayor of Tirana for three consecutive terms, from 2000 to 2011, and as Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Albania. Through the use of art, and his unconventional approach to politics, Edi Rama has been a ground-breaking figure in the Albanian political landscape. During his time as Mayer of Tirana, he helped transform the capital into a more colourful and lively place to live.                         CHAIR: Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College)                         Registration is required for this event by emailing to julie.adams@sant.ox.ac.uk More information: http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/seesox/rama.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/451701194952662/

Russian Graduate Seminar

20 February 2014, 9:45 am

Speaker(s): Uilleam Blacker (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Prof. Catriona Kelly, Prof. Andrei Zorin and Dr Philip Ross Bullock

'Writing from the Ruins of Europe: Representing Königsberg-Kaliningrad from Brodsky to Buida'

RESC Seminar. 'Camp, kitsch or teavesty? Gender & performance in the Putin era''

17 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Julie Cassiday (Williams College, Massachusetts)

Convenor(s): Dan Healey and Jon Waterlow

Cultural memory in Sevastopol - Ukraine's City of Russian Glory

17 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Judy Brown (Cambridge)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

DPhil Lunchtime Seminar Series.

14 February 2014, 12:30 pm

Speaker(s): Speaker: Judith Rohde-Liebenau (Sociology) Chair: Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's)

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"Raising European Citizens? European Identity of Children with Binational Intra- European Parents"

Russian Graduate Seminar

13 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Oleg Lekmanov (Moscow)

Convenor(s): Prof. Catriona Kelly, Prof. Andrei Zorin and Dr Philip Ross Bullock

‘Russkaya poeziya v 1913 godu’ (in Russian)

“IRONIC TROPES AND THE POETICS OF SELF: TRICKSTER TALES FROM HIGHLAND POLAND”

12 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Nicolette Makovicky (SIAS, Oxford) Dr Uilleam Blacker (REES Oxford)

Convenor(s): Dr Tryfon Bampilis (St Antony's College)

    “Ironic Tropes and the Poetics of Self: Trickster Tales from Highland Poland” Speaker: Dr Nicolette Makovicky (School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford)   Discussant: Dr Uilleam Blacker (Russian and East European Studies, Oxford)   Chair: Dr Tryfon Bampilis (St Antony's College, Oxford)   OPEN TO PUBLIC Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road Contact: kaja.wawrzak@sant.ox.ac.uk  Telephone: 01865 274494 http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/pomp

Communities of living history: the kraevedenie revival in the medieval towns of the Russian North West

10 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Victoria Donovan (St Andrew's)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

Book Launch. Vladimir Sharov, Before and During. (Translated by Oliver Ready)

7 February 2014, 5:00 pm

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Readings from “Before and During” and discussion between the author, Vladimir Sharov, and translator, Oliver Ready (Director of the Russkiy Mir Programme at St Antony’s). Interpreter: Margarita Vaysman.   Drinks reception to follow!   All welcome. Free entry. Please ask at the Lodge for directions if you have not been to the library before.   ** About the book: One of the most original and ambitious novels published in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, Before and During caused an unprecedented rift among the editors of Novyi Mir when it first appeared there in 1993. On publication in France, it was hailed by Le Monde as ‘a novel with no parallel in contemporary literature, a novel where fantasy does constant battle with the insane intention of embracing all of history with a single story’. Now, finally, this masterpiece is available in English. Among its themes are the Russian Revolution, music, love, memory, war and the resurrection of the dead. Among its cast are Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Fyodorov, Alexander Scriabin, Lenin, Stalin, the denizens of a dementia ward in 1960s Moscow – and, uniting them all, Madame de Staël. ** .

DPhil Lunchtime Seminar Series.

7 February 2014, 12:30 pm

Speaker(s): Speaker: Denis Clark (History) Chair: Mikolaj Kunicki (St Antony's)

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"British, French and American Attitudes and Policies Towards the Rebirth of Poland, 1914-1921"

Russian Graduate Seminar

6 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Emily Lygo (University of Exeter)

Convenor(s): Prof. Catriona Kelly, Prof. Andrei Zorin and Dr Philip Ross Bullock

‘Soviet Culture in Cold-War Britain’

Hybrid cultural identities in 20th Century East-Central Europe with special reference to L'viv (Lwów)

3 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jan Fellerer and Robert Pyrah (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

The DPIR Graduate Film Society - First screening of Hilary Term

30 January 2014, 7:30 pm

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Professor Richard Caplan will be introducing Milcho Manchevski’s widely acclaimed ‘Before the Rain’ (1994), a work which explores the complex political and cultural landscape of the violent conflict in the former Yugoslavia through a poetic interweaving of three stories. ‘Before the Rain’ moves between war-torn Macedonia and the bustling capital of London, just as the protagonist, Anne, a picture editor, tears between her estranged husband, and her former lover, a disillusioned war photographer who brings evidence of atrocities that are increasingly difficult to ignore.   Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow of Linacre College. His principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and conflict management. His current research is focused on post-conflict peace- and state-building.    The DPIR Graduate Film Society’s events are a wonderful opportunity to hear prominent academics speak about excellent films, which provide a cultural insight into global political issues, as well as the chance to meet your fellow students and faculty members in an informal, yet intellectually stimulating setting. An informal reception precedes the screening, and a Faculty member presents a film of their choosing, which corresponds in some way with their wider academic work. An informal discussion follows the screening, and the cinephile stalwarts are welcome to continue debates at the King’s Arms.    

Russian Graduate Seminar

30 January 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Connor Doak (University of Bristol)

Convenor(s): Prof. Catriona Kelly, Prof. Andrei Zorin and Dr Philip Ross Bullock

‘Russia’s Manly Poet? Masculinity in the Work of Vladimir Maiakovskii’

Between Leningrad and Petersburg: the City on the Neva then and now.

27 January 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Catriona Kelly (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

DPhil Lunchtime Seminar Series.

24 January 2014, 12:30 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Speaker: Denis Clark (History) Chair: Mikolaj Kunicki (St Antony's)

"How to Become a Customer: Romania's Nuclear Acquisition Strategies, 1964- 1979"

CEELBAS Research Internships: Project Presentations & Reception

22 January 2014, 4:00 pm

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Through the support of the CEELBAS Internship Scheme, postgraduate researchers at CEELBAS universities are expanding their research horizons, building professional networks, applying their skills in new ways and bringing their expertise to new audiences. Find out how you could benefit and hear from some of those who have already done so.

The language of the street? Writing and reading Ukraine's cities in Russian

20 January 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Uilleam Blacker (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Uilleam Blacker & Oliver Ready

CPP event in Kenya - 3rd Regional Conference

9 December 2013, 10:15 am

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Programme (coming soon)

The Good Man in Russia

6 December 2013, 5:00 pm

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A talk by the intellectual historian and novelist, Lesley Chamberlain, author of Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia and The Philosophy Steamer: Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia . Language: English.

SEESOX Mixer

4 December 2013, 6:00 pm

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Interested in South Eastern Europe?  Come to the first SEESOX Mixer! In an effort to bring the vibrant community of scholars of South Eastern Europe together, the director of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) Dr Othon Anastasakis is hosting a Social Mixer. Students, faculty and research fellows with an interest in any topic broadly related to South Eastern Europe - Eastern and Western Balkans, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey – are cordially invited. This informal event is meant as a starting point for future academic collaborations, events, debates, discussions and social events. The Programme’s Director, Dr Othon Anastasakis, will welcome you to the Centre and introduce you to all SEESOX activities and fellows. We hope that you will enjoy mingling and getting to know others whilst partaking in regional food and drinks. Please feel free to invite others with a regional interest as well. We would be very happy if you were able to attend! Please RSVP to jessie.hronesova@politics.ox.ac.uk

'Between anti-globalism and Stalinism - the left and the Russian opposition today'.

2 December 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Seminar with Luke March (Edinburgh University). All are welcome.

Soviet Intelligence Plans for the British Isles.

27 November 2013, 2:00 pm

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Soviet Intelligence Plans for the British Isles. THE OXFORD SEMINARS IN CARTOGRAPHY 21st Annual Series Programme for 2013-2014: Hilary Term seminar Thursday 6 March 2014 Soviet Intelligence Plans for the British Isles John Davies (Editor of ‘Sheetlines’, journal of the Charles Close Society) 5pm to 6.30pm at the School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY   For further details contact nick.millea@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or 01865 287119 Forthcoming seminars … Thursday 8 May: ‘Strangers on their own land': ideology, policy, and rational landscapes in the United States, 1825-1934 – by Heather Winlow   The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by: The Friends of TOSCA ESRI (UK) Ltd Oxford Cartographers The British Cartographic Society The Charles Close Society The School of Geography and the Environment

'Beyond neopatrimonialism - re-assessing the formal and informal in the study of Central Asian regimes, parties and institutions'.

25 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Seminar with Rico Isaacs (Oxford Brookes). All are welcome to attend.

Networked mobilization in Russia: assesing the role of the internet in the election protest movement.

18 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Seminar with Bruce Etling (St Antony's College). All are welcome.

The end of a monopoly? The EU vs. Gazprom and the future of Russian gas

13 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies & St Antony’s College Geopolitics of Energy panel discussion with: Dr Andrey Konoplyanik, Adviser to Director General, Gazprom Export Professor, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Russia’s former Deputy Energy Minister, former Deputy Secretary General, Energy Charter Secretariat. Professor Alan Riley, City University, London, Chair of the European-wide Competition Law Scholars Forum, Co-editor of the Competition Law Review Androulla Kaminara, St Antony’s College, Oxford, former Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, former Director for Quality of Operations of the European Commission's, Directorate General – EuropeAid ALL WELCOME    

An evening with the celebrated Poet, Vera Pavlova.

12 November 2013, 5:00 pm

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Readings and commentary in Russian, followed by some translations into English by Steven Seymour. Language: mainly Russian.

'Writing Russia's future: forecasts, paradigms and imaginings'.

11 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Seminar with Edwin Bacon (Birkbeck College London). All are welcome to attend.

'Public attitudes to immigrants in Russian regions'.

4 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Seminar with Alexey Bessudnov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow). All are welcome to attend.

‘Sergei Dovlatov’s Pushkin Hills (Zapovednik): The First Translation’

30 October 2013, 5:00 pm

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Discussion and readings of a short novel by one of Russia’s most celebrated and wittiest authors of recent times, newly translated into English by his daughter, Katherine. A member of Leningrad’s unofficial literary circles in the 1960s and 1970s, Sergei Dovlatov (1941-1990) worked as a prison guard, a journalist and a tour guide in the “Pushkin Hills” estate-museum near Pskov before emigrating in 1978 to Vienna and then the US, where he published many important works of autobiographical fiction, including The Zone (1982), Pushkin Hills (1983) and The Suitcase (1986), all now available in English translation. Speakers: Katherine Dovlatov                   Andrei Zorin (Professor of Russian, New College)                   Chair: Oliver Ready (St Antony’s) After the event you are welcome to stay for a glass of wine and a chance to meet the speakers. http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/russkiymir/

The October 1993 crisis and the evolution of Russian constitutionalism.

28 October 2013, 1:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Dr Paul Chaisty

Lunchtime Seminar. Vladimir Pastukhov (St Antony's)

Russian Graduate Seminars : Michaelmas Term 2013

24 October 2013, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Catriona Kelly (New College) and Dr Philip Ross Bullock (Wadham)

The Russian Graduate Seminar takes place on Thursdays at 5pm in the Basement Lecture Room, 47 Wellington Square, and is an opportunity for all those working in the field of Russian studies to hear and meet speakers from both within the university and outside it. Papers, which normally last around an hour, are followed by questions and discussion, and refreshments are provided. All welcome! 24th October - Welcome and introductions. All are invited to attend, especially new and current graduate students. There will be an opportunity for everybody to introduce themselves and briefly outline their fields of research. 31 October – Sergei Alymov (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences), ‘Survivals, Money, and the Soviet man: A Few Lesser-Known Episodes from Russian Utopian thinking from the 1930s to the 2010s’ 7 November – Aleksandr Panchenko (Pushkinskii dom, St Petersburg), ‘Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Socialism: Morality, Evil and the End of the World in Russian Pentecostalism’ 28 November – Dan Healey (St Antony’s College, Oxford),’“Send Me as Far Away as Possible!”: The Gulag Doctor's Notebook as Heroic Genre’ 5 December – Anastasia Tolstoi (Wolfson College, Oxford), ‘How Curiosity Killed the Mice: Vladimir Nabokov and the Cruelty of Art’  

'Regions and Islands of Social Mobilization: the making of a civil society in Ukraine'

21 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Seminar with Olga Onuch (Nuffield College). All are welcome to attend.

‘Two models of mobilization: the organization of pro- and anti-regime street actions in Russia’

14 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Paul Chaisty (St Antony's College)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar with Regina Smyth (Indiana University, USA). All are welcome to attend.

REES Press Group

9 October 2013, 1:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Dr Elizabeth Teague and Dr Julie Newton

Weekly discussion group starting 9th October and meeting every Wednesday of Michaelmas 1pm-2pm in the Library of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC) at St Antony's College. Anyone who would like to take part will be most welcome! The aim is to create an opportunity for postgraduates to keep up with current developments in the post-Soviet space -- not only Russia but also Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Meetings will be informal. Everyone will be welcome to contribute to what we hope will be a very lively discussion.

Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis

27 September 2013, 9:00 am

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Convenor(s): Dr Anna Pleshakova

The workshop will focus on the application of innovative linguistic methods (qualitative and quantitative: cognitive, computational and corpus) to media and political discourse analysis. The aim is to develop the research methods skills of research students and early-career scholars at Oxford and other CEELBAS universities (www.ceelbas.ac.uk), particularly those who are using discourse analysis for interdisciplinary research, both within the social sciences or the humanities and crossing the boundaries between the social sciences and the humanities. Although this workshop is primarily aimed at Russian and East European Area Studies researchers, it will also benefit students from other social sciences and humanities programmes. The research methods introduced and discussed during the workshop will form a valuable part of the research skills 'tool kit' of every researcher engaged in discourse analysis and can easily be transferred and applied to work with discourses in any language area. Talks followed by Q&A sessions will be given by world-renowned specialists in the fields of media and political discourse analysis, cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics, including: Professor Paul Chilton (Lancaster University), Professor Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University, USA), Professor Seana Coulson (University of California San Diego, USA), Dr. Christopher Hart (Northumbria University), Dr. Gabriella Rundblad (King's College London) and Dr. Steven Clancy (Harvard University). Workshop participants will be given practical discourse analysis tasks (in English as well as in Russian and other East European and Slavonic languages) using the approaches and methods introduced by the workshop speakers. To conclude the workshop, a ‘round table’ discussion will take place, with all workshop participants contributing to a general discussion on the utility of cognitive, corpus and computational linguistic methods for discourse analysis in interdisciplinary research. The workshop is open to all, but priority will be given to Oxford Social Sciences DTC students and research students from CEELBAS universities (Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Kent, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Warwick, SOAS and UCL). To register, please contact Ms Polly Bunce polly.bunce@area.ox.ac.uk There is no registration fee. Coffee and sandwich lunches will be provided. There will be a ‘wine and light dinner’ reception on the Friday night (27th September) for all workshop participants. A limited number of bursaries are available for doctoral students from CEELBAS partner universities (from outside Oxford) to cover travel expenses and one-night accommodation at Oxford. If you would like to be considered for financial support, please contact Ms Polly Bunce (polly.bunce@area.ox.ac.uk) enclosing a short note confirming (i) why the workshop is relevant to your research and (ii) why your attendance could not be supported through other means of funding (e.g. institutional research travel grant or other support). The workshop is sponsored by the AHRC- and British Academy-funded Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS: www.ceelbas.ac.uk) and the ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre at Oxford (http://www.dtc.ox.ac.uk/) and is supported by the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association (http://www.uk-cla.org.uk/). 

Seminar: Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective

19 September 2013, 9:00 am

Speaker(s): Paul Chaisty (SIAS), Nic Cheeseman (SIAS), Svitlana Chernykh (SIAS), Timothy Power (LAC/BSP)

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This symposium is the Latin American regional seminar for the Coalitional Presidentialism Project (CPP), a three-year ESRC-funded project based within SIAS. The speakers include the four-member Oxford team plus the research consultants from Ecuador (Santiago Basabe-Serrano, FLACSO), Chile (Germán Bidegaín Ponte, PUC), and Brazil (Marcelo Pimentel, Carlos Nepomuceno and André Jacomo, University of Brasília). They will be joined by additional researchers from the University of Brasília and from the Federal Senate. Further information.

REES workshop: 'Subcultures' in East-Central Europe

28 June 2013, 11:00 am

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Convenor(s): Robert Pyrah

'Re-defining ‘Subculture’: A new lens for understanding hybrid cultural identities. Theoretical approaches and practical cases, 20th Century East-Central Europe' A two-day exploratory workshop that will examine an experimental definition of 'Subcultures' in East-Central Europe. Rather than applying the term to subaltern or youth cultures, the speakers and hosts will be attempting to examine the validity of using the term to describe certain forms of minority or 'hybrid' identity construction and expression in the region - which do not necessarily follow the typical Western European patterns as conventionally described in studies of Minorities. The Workshop forms part of a wider AHRC-backed project at the University of Oxford, run jointly by Drs Robert Pyrah, Jan Fellerer with Marius Turda (of Oxford Brookes) as co-Investigator. Full details of the scope and mission here: http://subcultures.mml.ox.ac.uk Catering is provided for all 'casual' attendees, except the workshop dinner; however we do please ask that you register your intention to attend via: robert.pyrah@history.ox.ac.uk so we can fix numbers and ensure adequate supply. Thank you. The format is as follows: Day 1: case studies and general presentations; Day 2: Round Table to discuss our findings and examine the experimental hypothesis, moderated by the project co-ordinators. A background paper will be circulated in advance of the event. Full programme attached or via this link: http://subcultures.mml.ox.ac.uk/fileadmin/sce/documents/PROGRAMME2_web.pdf  

The 'Sobinov' Russian Children's Folk Orchestra

26 June 2013, 7:30 pm

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Free concert

Translators' coven: Fresh approaches to Literary translation from Russian

15 June 2013, 10:00 am

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Convenor(s): Oliver Ready, St Antony's College

A two-day workshop at St Antony’s College, Oxford, on the weekend of June 15-16, 2013, exploring the practice of literary translation from (and into) Russian in poetry, prose and drama. Among the 28 speakers are several award-winning translators, including Robert Chandler, Anne Fisher and Stephen Pearl, and the publishers Alessandro Gallenzi (Alma), Natasha Perova (Glas), Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories), and Antony Wood (Angel). Full programme Entry is free but registration is essential, as places are limited. To register, please write to oliver.ready@sant.ox.ac.uk The workshop is an event in the Russkiy Mir Programme at St Antony’s College. It is supported by CEELBAS, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.

Workshop: How Constitutions Matter

14 June 2013, 9:00 am

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Convenor(s): The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in association with Wolfson College and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

This workshop will bring together members of the Comparative Constitutions Project to understand the interrelationship between the constitutional entrenchment of rights and acts of repression, with case studies from post-Arab Spring states and Eastern Europe. Participants: Anthony F Lang Jr, Director, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, School of International Relations, St Andrews University James Melton, University College London Rivka Weill, Faculty of Law Interdisciplinary Centre, Israel Katarzyna Metelska-Szaniawska, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw   For further information and to reserve your place, please visit: www.fljs.org/how-constitutions-matter  

REES seminar: Parents and professionals: towards a history of their interrelations in matters of childcare, education and child study in late tsarist Russia

13 June 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Andy Byford (University of Durham)

Convenor(s): Andrei Zorin and Catriona Kelly

The paper will examine relations between parents from the educated stratum and various professionals – especially doctors, teachers and psychologists – in the context of the modernisation of Russian child care and education in the last decades of the pre-revolutionary era and the rise of the child science movement. The focus of analysis is on parent associations (kruzhki, sobraniia, komitety) – both those devoted to early family upbringing and those that mobilised parents around problems of school education. The paper will include a discussion of particular practices and discourses (especially parent diaries of child development) through which parents from the educated, professional, intelligentsia classes were included in the construction and self-legitimation of at that time new forms of expertise in children’s physical and psychological development, upbringing and education.

Ins and Outs Interdisciplinary Seminar

11 June 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Victoria Donovan - University of St Andrews

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'Of Renaissance Men and Robots: The Embedded Identities of the Soviet Scientist in the 1950s and 1960s.' For more information see www.inoutseminar.com

RESC Seminar - Fashionable protest - The rise and fall of Russia's bourgeois revolutionaries

10 June 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Owen Matthews (Newsweek, Moscow)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Makovicky

RESC Seminar - Alternative worlds and alternative histories: ruins in the late-Soviet context

3 June 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andreas Schonle (Queen Mary)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Makovicky

RESC special event: 'Russian and the Global Linguistic Code'

31 May 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr John Dunn

Convenor(s): Oliver Ready, St Antony's College

Abstract ‘The global linguistic code (©Svetlana Vlasenko) is a term I use to cover all forms of linguistic globalisation.  It makes it possible to look beyond English loanwords to consider other linguistic influences and to examine how globalisation affects modes of expression, grammar, forms of address and even attitudes to linguistic propriety.  I will look at all these topics and then discuss the paradoxical situation that globalisation processes seem to make present-day Russian harder to understand and to translate than it was, for example, in the Soviet period.’ John Dunn studied at Oxford (with interludes in Rostov-on-Don and Moscow) and then went on to the University of Glasgow, where he spent 30 years working in the Department of Slavonic Languages and Literatures. He has written various articles on the Russian language in the post-Soviet period and is the co-author (with Shamil Khairov) of Modern Russian Grammar, published by Routledge in 2009. This event is supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation and the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s. All welcome.

RESC Seminar - The demons of dissent - post-Soviet views of dissident literature

27 May 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Tom Rowley (Magdalene College, Cambridge)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Makovicky

Comparative Protest Politics Workshop

27 May 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Olga Onuch

The key focus of the workshop is to combine and complement recent advances in empirical and theoretical knowledge of protest events in different regions.  For further information and to register please contact Olga Onuch via olga.onuch@nuffield.ox.ac.uk  

RESC: Multi-vector foreign policy of Armenia

21 May 2013, 1:00 pm

Speaker(s): Edward Nalbandian - Foreign Minister of Armenia

Convenor(s): Roy Allison and Neil Macfarlane

RESC Seminar - Prose and protest: writers in the age of Putin

20 May 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Rachel Polonsky (Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Makovicky

Nordost by Torsten Buchsteiner

14 May 2013, 8:00 pm

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Multi-award winning play about the 2002 Dubrovka Theatre hostage crisis It’s October 23, 2002 and Olga and her daughter are settling into their seats at the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow. They’re about to watch ‘Nordost’ – a family musical, a song-and-dance spectacular about the glories of Russian soldiers. Across town, Zura, a young Chechen widow sits in a van. Around her, other young widows, who have loved and lost before their 20th birthday. Outside a hospital, Tamara, a doctor, receives a radio call: Chechen militants have laid siege to the Dubrovka Theatre. Read a review To book tickets, call the box office on 01865 319450 or book online Tickets £13, £11 concessions, £5 student

RESC seminar: Counter- cultures and protest in Russian penal colonies in the 21st century

13 May 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Judith Pallot (Christ Church College, Cambridge)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Mackovicky

REES event: Sixty Years after Stalin

9 May 2013, 6:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Catriona Kelly, Andrew Miller, Professor Robert Service, Chair: Oliver Ready

Convenor(s): Russkiymir Programme, St Antony's College

A debate to mark the inaugural Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.  The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, which is supported by Waterstones, is awarded to the best non-fiction book on Russia published in the UK in the previous year. Free entry.

International Migration Unit Special Seminar

9 May 2013, 4:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Agnieszka Kubal

Emigration from Central and Eastern Europe - Origin Country Perspectives WELFARE SYSTEMS AS EMIGRATION FACTOR: EVIDENCE FROM THE NEW ACCESSION STATES Lucia Kurekova (Central European University, Budapest) MIGRATION AND MODERNIZATION IN POLAND: AN ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE Marcin Galent (Jagiellonian University, Krakow) THE ETHICS AND POLITICS OF OUTMIGRATION Dace Dzenovska (COMPAS, University of Oxford) Convener: Agnieszka Kubal

RESC seminar - Mnemonic patriotism and 'post-colonial challenges' in contemporary Russia

6 May 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Ilya Kalinin (St Petersburg State University)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Mackovicky

Oxford University Russian Society Event

2 May 2013, 7:00 pm

Speaker(s): His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent

Convenor(s): Oxford University Russian Society

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent will be visiting the University of Oxford on the 2nd of May for an event organized by the Oxford University Russian Society at Merton College. Prince Michael of Kent is a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. His father, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the fourth son of King George V and his mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and of Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia. Prince Michael of Kent devotes a high proportion of his time to the support of a large number of non-profit-making charities, institutes, trade associations, societies and health organisations. Prince Michael has a strong interest in Russia; he is a patron of many educational institutions and charities in Russia. Prince Michael is a Patron of Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. The talk, which will be in English, will begin at 7 pm on Thursday 2nd of May in the TS Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College. Entry is free and all are welcome. However, the number of places is limited. We highly recommend emailing russiansocietyregister@gmail.com to register for the talk. Please include your full name and occupation and email us before Sunday 28th. Otherwise places will be given on first come first served basis (please arrive in good time to reserve your seat). The event is supported by the Centre of Innovative Linguistics

RESC Seminar - Speaking Bolshevik or writers' rights?

29 April 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Polly Jones, University College

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Mackovicky

RESC Seminar - Contemporary Russian theatre as a mirror of social change

22 April 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): John Freedman (Moscow)

Convenor(s): Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Nicolette Makovicky

Is History Traumatic? Representations of World War II and Stalinist Terror in Soviet Fiction

30 January 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jekaterina Shulga

Convenor(s): Jonathan Waterlow and David Priestland

Part of the Russian and Soviet Cultural and Social History Seminar Series. For further information,please contact Dr Jonathan Waterlow: jon.waterlow@gmail.com

RESC Seminar - A Society of Maximum Distrust: The Soviet Union Under Stalin

26 November 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Hosking

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History.

RESC Seminar - Lazar Kaganovich: Frontiers and Nation in Russia and Ukraine

19 November 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Arfon Rees

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History.

RESC Seminar - Getting to Know You: Security Services, Surveillance and Society in the Soviet Union

12 November 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Amir Weiner

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History.

RESC Seminar -Knowing No Borders: Popular Humour in Stalin's 1930s

5 November 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jonathan Waterlow

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History.

RESC Seminar -Germans to Poles: Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing after the Second World War

22 October 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Hugo Service

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History.

RESC Seminar -Signals from Stalin: Crisis-Management, Censorship and Control Across the Soviet-Finnish Frontier, 1939-40

15 October 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Malcolm Spencer

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History

RESC Seminar -Accounting for Secrets: Evidence of •••• from the Archive of the Lithuania KGB

15 October 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Mark Harrison

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History

RESC Seminar - Enemies of the Motherland: Frontiers and Soviet Security in the Years of Perestroika

8 October 2012, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Robert Service

Convenor(s): Prof Robert Service

St Antony's College Russian and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series: Frontiers, Nations and Suspicion in Russian and East European History

The Future of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in the UK: Developing Research and Research Training

6 December 2005, 9:00 am

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Roger Goodman

Workshop held in Oxford in December 2005 sponsored by the ESRC and AHRC and organized by the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.

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