UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


FRINGE Projects

2017/2018 International Workshop

Redefining Russian Diaspora (1918-2018): National Tradition and Transnational Contexts 


When: May 2018
Where: UCL SSEES and UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)

In contemporary discourse inside and outside Russia, ‘Russianness’ has become a rhetorical and conceptual point of contention. Starting with the premise that there is no single ‘fundamental’ Russian cultural formation—all relationships are historically produced and need to be made—we propose to examine the strategies of discursive constructions of Russianness and the Russian identity as enacted through cultural production in the geographically, chronologically and culturally distinct locations (across Russia and diaspora)

Project Leader: Dr. Maria Rubins


Previous International Workshops 



The Centre Cannot Hold? Neo-Modernity,New Monumentality and Other Zombie Urban Utopias 

This project explore the aesthetics, politics, economics and affects of centrality and monumentality, from their 20th century golden age to their contemporary inheritances, afterlives, ruins and appropriations

Squatting, Schwarzwohnen, Favelas: Illegal Housing as a Global Phenomenon

This project will bring together global scholarship on squatting. Conceptual and intellectual parallels shall be established between Eastern Europe and other global areas.

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Project Leader: Dr. Michal MurawskiProject Leader: Dr. Udo Grashoff 


Upcoming International Workshops 

The Global Atlas of Social and Cultural Complexity  
Silent Resistance: Between the Neutral and the Political  
Soft Power, Hard Facts: Taking the Measure of Cultural Opposition  
Soft Power in the World: Gauging the Resonance of European, American and Chinese  
Narratives on Four Continents  
The Fringe of Economic Development – East-Central Europe on the Edge of the Modern Industrial World