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All sessions will be held at the Dahrendorf Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's College, Oxford 


FRIDAY JUNE 6th       


12:00-12:40                            Registration
In the Buttery, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony's College


12:40-13:30                            Lunch at St Antony’s College                                      


13:40-13:45                            Introductory remarks


13:50-15:10             Building the Nation I: Institutions and Ideology
                                (Chair Prof. Robert Service)


Rebecca Bouveng (Durham) ‘Reassessing the Idea of Russian Messianism in Contemporary Russian Politics’

Katja Ruutu (Oxford) ‘The Role of the Language in Ideological Discourses – their Conversation with Stalin’

Robert Harris (Oxford) ‘Alexander Herzen: The Construction of a Liberal Socialist Identity in 19th Century Russia’


15:10-15:30                            Break


15:30-16:50             Building the Nation II: Cultural Memory
                                (Chair Prof. Catriona Kelly)


Jonathan Brunstedt (Oxford) ‘Monumentalizing Moscow: War Memorial Politics in the Soviet Capital’

Victoria Donovan (Oxford) ‘Tourist guides and Cultural Heritage in Provincial Russian towns: Writing Local Identities’

Mark Sutcliffe (SSEES) ‘Retrospectivism and the National Idea: the Architecture of St Petersburg’


16:50-17:10                            Break


17:10-18:30             Imagining the Nation
                                (Chair Dr. Katya Andreyev)


Dominic Martin (Cambridge) ‘The Imaginary of Penza’

Ian Appleby (Manchester) ‘The Ultimate Cossack Sacrifice? Laying Down One’s Identity for the Fatherland’

Anton Shekhovtsov (Sevastopol National Technical University) ‘Aleksandr Dugin's Neo-Eurasianism: The New Right à la Russe’


18:40-19:30                            Dinner


19:45-21:15 Prof. Yitzhak Brudny (Pennsylvania) Keynote Lecture: "The Revolt against Liberalism and Democracy: 'Russian Nationalist Political Thought in the Post-Soviet Age'"


21:15-22:30 Reception 

Motherland Calls 
For the glory of the Russian people 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)

European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford (EHRC)

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

New College, Oxford

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC)

St Antony's College, Oxford



9:00-9:30                               Coffee


9:40-11:00            Remembering the Nation

                              (Chair Dr. Philip Bullock)

Josie Von Zitzewitz (Oxford) ‘1970s Leningrad Poetry and the Silver Age’

Anya Melyantsev (Oxford) VSKhSON, the All-Russian Social Christian Union for the Liberation of the People: Sketch of an Anomaly or Portrait of the Emerging Dissident Right

Amy Bryzgel (Rutgers) ‘Afrika’s Crimania: Language, Collecting, and Identity’


11:00 – 11:20                        Break


11:20 – 12:40       Writing the Nation: Home
                             (Chair Prof. Andrei Zorin)


Friederike Carl (Freiburg i. Br.) ‘Discourses of Nation and Gender in Gogol’s St. Petersburg Stories’

Joanne Shelton (Bath) ‘Defending Russia against Invasion from the West: The use of Detective Fiction to reaffirm Russian National Identity in the Post-Soviet Era’

Andrew Foxall (Oxford) ‘Geopolitics: Writing/ Righting the Russian Nation’ 


12:40 - 13:30                         Lunch


13:40 - 15:20       Writing the Nation: Abroad
                             (Chair Dr. Andrew Kahn)


Lars Kristensen (St Andrews) ‘Songs of Russians Abroad: ‘Stand by Your Man’ or ‘On the Hills of Manchuria’

Kyrill Kunakhovich (Princeton) ‘The Pushkin Centennials of 1937: Russians Abroad, the Soviet Union, & the Politics of Russian National Identity’

Muireann Maguire (Cambridge) ‘The Supernatural & the Representation of Russian Reality in the Works of Russian Émigré Authors’

Darya Protopopova (Oxford) ‘The Idea of Russian National Character in Publications on Russia in early 20th-century Britain’


16:00-16:10 Presentation of Pushkin House Director
                     Julian Gallant at New College


16:10 - 17:00 Drinks reception in Founder’s Library, New College


17:00-17:30                          Tour of New College Grounds


17:40-18:30                          Dinner, New College





Victoria Donovan, St Antony’s College 
Robert Harris, New College

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