Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:00-5:30pm in New Cabell Hall 058

Slavic Colloquium

Prof. Julian Connolly

Confession(s) in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Thursday, April 20, 4:00–5:30, Cabell 058

While much of the narrative interest in Crime and Punishment is centered on the two subjects invoked in its own title:  crime (prestuplenie) and punishment (nakazanie), Dostoevsky’s most famous novel is also concerned with another abstract concept—confession (priznanie).   The sheer numbers and types of confession that appear in the novel are astounding.  This paper will investigate the myriad ways that confession crops up in Dostoevsky’s novel and see what it tells us about Dostoevsky’s central artistic and ethical preoccupations in the years after his own experience in the Russian criminal justice system.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
4:00 p.m., Cabell Hall 309

Anna Berman, Russian Studies, McGill University.

Brothers and the Family Plot: A Comparative Approach to the 19th-Century Russian and English Novel.

Family concerns drive the plot of most nineteenth-century English and Russian novels, yet the family plots in the two traditions differ greatly. Why are there virtually no English novels that focus on a pair of brothers, while brothers are common in the Russian novel? Russian authors were keen readers of the English, regarding them as a model for writing about family, so this paper explores the way the historical conditions in the two nations shaped their family plots. The English, who honored primogeniture, viewed brothers as a source of rivalry that did not fit their family ideal. By contrast, the Russians split estates among their children, opening up a space for multiple brothers.  I will argue that this has implications for the structure of the novel, as the English created vertical, generationally focused plots, while the Russians created a new kind of lateral family plot.

Organized and sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
5:00 p.m., Nau Hall 211

Wilfried Zeisler, Curator of Russian and 19th Century Art, Hillwood Museum.  

Russian Art in the United States

Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heiress to the Postum Cereal Company, which later became General Foods, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens houses over 17,000 works of art. The collection includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to the early Soviet periods. Through Hillwood’s collection, this lecture will explore the history of acquiring imperial Russian art in the United States.

Organized and sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History (McIntire Department of Art).

Friday, March 31, 2017
6:00 p.m. in Maury 209

Masha Gessen will speak about current LGBTQ activism in Russia

Masha Gessen’s talk will be the opening event for the 2017 University of Virginia Slavic Forum “RE:Constructions, Memory and Imagination.” 

A Russian and American journalist, Masha Gessen, is the intrepid chronicler of Pussy Riot in Words Will Break Cement. An outspoken activist, Masha undergoes great risk to write truthfully about human rights violations, gender issues, and the current cultural and political climate in Russia. As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. Gessen regularly contributes to The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Washington PostHarper’sThe New York Review of BooksVanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. For more information see speaker’s bio at www.prhspeakers.com.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Maury 209

RE: Constructions, Memory and Imagination

The University of Virginia Society of Slavic Graduate Students will host an interdisciplinary forum devoted to
the intersections of memory and imagination. Traditional applications of the terms memory and imagination
have emphasized a barrier between the concepts based on the premise of accuracy. However, cognitive
scientists have demonstrated that the same neural processes underlie both memory and imagination. Memories
are as much constructs as imagination. Despite the seeming differences between memory and imagination, they
both affect every sphere of human experience and endeavor. In this forum, speakers from a variety of fields will
explore the role of memory and imagination in literature, history, art, linguistics, and identity.
Keynote speakers:
Friday, March 31, 6 p.m., Maury 209

Maria “Masha” Gessen will give a talk on current LGBTQ activism in Russia

Russian journalist, author, and political activist; contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker,
The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post; author of groundbreaking books on Russian
politics, society, culture, and history. For more information see speaker’s bio at www.prhspeakers.com.
Saturday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Maury 209

Maxim D. Shrayer

“The Texture of Translingual Memory, or Nabokov in the Attic”
Dr. Maxim D. Shrayer is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College. Dr. Shrayer has
published fifteen books of criticism, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translations. Among Shrayer's awards and
honors are the National Jewish Book Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rockefeller Fellowship.
 Forum organized by the Society of Slavic Graduate Students at UVA and sponsored by CREEES, the Department of Slavic Languages
and Literatures, the French Department, the McIntire Department of Art, and the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation. Masha
Gessen’s talk co-sponsored by CREEES, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Studies Program (WGS), the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation, the Department of English, the Corcoran Department of History,
and the Department of Media Studies.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
4:00-5:30pm in New Cabell Hall 058

Prof. Edith Clowes, Alex Kozoyed, Veri Silva,

Alex Moree, David Peters

Russian Virginia In and Out of the Classroom: A Roundtable

Thursday, March 16, 4:00–5:30, Cabell 058

This colloquium will feature two student projects from Prof. Edith Clowes' RUTR 2460 course using the website "Russian Virginia". The first project, presented by Fall 2015 students Alex Moree and David Peters, explores the Russian Civil War through the work of little-known Soviet cartoonist Vladimir Akimov. The second project, presented by Fall 2016 students Alex Kozoyed and Veri Silva, focuses on an Orthodox church in the Northern Virginia area and its integration of traditional orthodoxy with recognizably American social practices and involvement.