UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Centre for Russian Studies 

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We provide a forum for profiling cultural, historical, linguistic, literary and social sciences research into Russia, past and present. Through our activities we promote knowledge and discussion of Russia in the broader academic community and with the public at large. 

SSEES is the largest centre for Russian studies in the UK, with over 20 full-time Russian specialists covering language, literature, culture, history, economics and political science. The SSEES Library collection on Russia and the former Soviet Union is one of the major resources in the UK. The Post-Soviet Press Group and Russian Cinema Research Group further contribute to our unrivalled expertise in Russian Studies.

Day/Time: Fortnightly on Mondays, 18:00 - 20:00
: Room 433, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
(unless otherwise specified)

Co-convenors: Philippa Hetherington (UCL SSEES) and Simon Huxtable (Loughborough)
Administrator: Lilla Bettiol

Upcoming Events

Spring Term 2016 Programme
11 January
Room 432
Anna Toropova (Cambridge)
Probing the Heart and Mind of the Viewer: Scientific Studies of Film and Theatre Audiences in the Soviet Union, 1917-1938
25 January
Room 432
Catriona Kelly (Oxford)
‘His Majesty the Working Class’: Iurii Klepikov and Vitalii Mel’nikov’s Mother’s Got Married, Lenfil’m, and the Aesthetics of ‘Contemporary Life’ in the Soviet Cinema, 1961-1970
Thursday 4 February
G21 Ramsay Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold building, 20 Gordon Street
Gabriel Gorodetsky (Quondam Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford)
The Maisky Diaries: Revelations of Stalin’s emissary to London
8 February
Room 433
Nick Baron (Nottingham)
Cartography and Cultural Revolution: Maps, Modernity and the New Soviet Man
22 February
Room 433
Julia Leikin (UCL SSEES)
Between Istanbul and Sevastopol: A Tale of Plunder, Bureaucracy, and Betrayal, 1806-1856
7 March
Room 433
Juliane Fürst (Bristol)
Life and Love of the Gerla: In Search of the Female Soviet Hippie 
Thursday 10 March
Room 432 & the Masaryk SCR
Tatiana Shcherbina
Self-censorship in modern Russia: Special lecture and poetry reading with Russian poet and critic Tatiana Shcherbina
21 March
Room 433
Maria Mileeva (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
From Censorship to Self-criticism: Debating Socialist Realism at the Moscow Union of Artists (MOSKh) in the 1930's
Tuesday 3 May
Masaryk SCR
David Christian (Macquarie University Australia)
Inner Eurasia from Khan Mongke to Putin

Past Events

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Autumn Term 2016
Spring Term 2015
Autumn term 2014
Spring Term 2014
Spring Term 2013
Autumn Term 2012
Spring Term 2012
Autumn Term 2011
Spring Term 2011
Autumn Term 2010
Spring Term 2010
Spring Term 2009
Autumn Term 2008
Spring Term 2008