UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Arts & Humanities Research Student Seminars

The Arts & Humanities Research Student seminars provide a platform for research students in the Languages and Cultures and History areas of SSEES to present their research in an informal setting.

Each 20-30 minute research presentation is followed by a Q&A session, which allows presenters to gain feedback from their colleagues and faculty working across the SSEES region and coming from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.

The seminar is customarily followed by more informal discussion over a glass of wine and is open to all to attend. ​

Day/Time: Fortnightly on Thursdays, 18:00
Venue: Room 347, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
(Unless otherwise specified)

Upcoming Events

Autumn Term 2016 Programme

8 December 2016, 6pm
Room 432, UCL SSEES
Maria Iulia Florutau: An Intellectual Journey from Transylvania to Berlin during the Enlightenment: the Case of József Fogarasi Pap
24 November 2016, 6pm
Room 347, UCL SSEES
Michaela Belejkanicova: 'Junger & Patocka: From the Experience (Erlebnis) to History'
 9 February 2017, 6pm
Room 347, UCL SSEES
'The adaptation and appropriation of Finnish folk poetry in contemporary Finnish metal music' by Charlotte Doesburg and 'Ukraine's First Party of Power? The Rise and Fall of the Party of Regions' by Edward Johnson
16 March 2016, 6pm
Room 347, UL SSEES
Dostoevsky and Existential Phenomenology: The Role of ‘Epiphany’ in the Post-Siberian fiction by Bilal Siddiqi, and The significance of citizenship for immigrant acculturation: the case of Finland’s Russian-speaking minority by Liisa Tuhkanen
17 May 2017, 6pm
UCL Drayton House B06, 30 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AX
Amanda DiGioia: From the Land of the Ice and Snow: The Female Gender in Finnish Heavy Metal
01 June 2017, 6pm
UCL Drayton House B06, 30 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AX
Rasa Kamarauskaite: Non-heterosexual sexualities and the private sphere in Eastern Europe
08 June 2017, 6pm
UCL Drayton House B06, 30 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AX
'The Kino-khudozhnik and the Material Environment in Early Russian and Soviet Fiction Film, 1907-1931' by Eleanor Rees, and 'What is the role of informality in governance and how does it relate to electoral accountability?' by Bence Tóth

Past Events

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Spring Term 2016
14 JanuaryThe Russo-British Relationship in 2000 - 2012: From a Historical Perspective
Freya Curran
4 FebruaryConstructing Urban Narratives: Public Art and the Gendering of Urban Space in Vilnius, Minsk and Kaliningrad
Dzmitry Suslau
11 FebruaryDiversity and collaboration in Economics
Sultan Orazbayev
25 FebruaryNabokov in Context: His Literary Origins in Russia Abroad
Bryan Karetnyk
10 MarchChasing the Dollar? Amphibian Man and Soviet Cinema's Quest for Genre Credibility
Alex Graham
17 March
Room 431
Born in the Global Age: Central Asia's new states
Dr Ernesto Gallo
6 May
Artistic Phenomena and Power: The Interaction between a Re-Emerging Dominant Discourse and Cultural Expressions in Post-Soviet Russia.
Yuliya Suleyeva
12 May
A Transnational Union? Travel and Solidarity between East Germany and the Global South, 1949-1989
George Bodi
 02 June
Latvian amateur documentary: family, community, travel, and politics in the films of Uldis Lapiņš, Ingvars Leitis, and Zigurds Vidiņš, 1970s-1980s
Inese Strupule
Autumn Term 2014

Visions of Agency: Imagining Individual and Collective Action in Nineteenth Century Romania - Andrei Sorescu

8 October 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433

This talk will outline the problems of identifying relevant cultural contexts in which historical actors negotiated their perceptions of each other's capacity to act. The paper will argue that the tension between nationalism and restricted suffrage peculiar to establishment discourse in nineteenth-century Romania provide a case-study with a broader relevance for the given period.

Chronology, Narrative, and Founding Acts: Between a Transcendental Rock and a Decisionist Hard Place - Jack Reilly

15 October 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433

This presentation looks at the concept of a 'quasi-transcendental' act in Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Derrida. The paper will claim that their respective explorations of emancipatory politics can outflank charges of decisionism as well as avoid straightforward transcendentalism.

Shells: Autobiographical Motifs in P. B. Shelley's Hymn to Mercury and Walter Benjamin's Mummerehlen - Mathelinda Nabugodi

22 October 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433

Lyric poetry derives its name from the lyre that the Greek god Hermes fashioned from a tortoise shell. The talk is about the appearance of this allegorical object in the two texts of its title. In both cases, the shell is an important accessory in the presentation of the author's 'lyric I.'

What is 'National' Style in Soviet Poetic Documentary Film? - Raisa Sidenova

12 November 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433

In the 1960s with the rise of film production in the Soviet republics, the question of ‘national’ cinematic style became prominent in both critical press and professional discussions. Through exploring the poetics and politics of the so-called ‘poetic documentary’ movement in the republics of Latvia and Kirghizia, this paper will argue that the terms of the debates about the ‘national’ style are central for our understanding of cinema’s function in the balance of power among national republics within the Soviet Union.

The Veil Lifting Campaign in Yugoslavia - Ivan Simic

3 December 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433

This seminar will explore the consequences of imposing the category of “backwardness” on Muslim women in Yugoslavia, arguing that it provided the communist government and its activists with the tools for radical interventions into Muslim women’s lives, culminating with the veil lifting campaign. The seminar will tackle the positioning of the Muslim community leadership who supported new measures, the fervent attempts of the activists to “modernize” and unveil the Muslim women, and ultimately the severe punishments imposed by the legislators.

Is your language good enough? Tracing the origins of value-laden postures towards language in Europe and Circum-Pannonia - Eszter Tarsoly (UCL SSEES)

10 December 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433

The purpose of this talk is to look at the evolution of ideas about language, in particular, how superiority and correctness came to be associated with certain language varieties (known as standards) in European linguistic thought, and how such ideas were later imported to Central and Easter Europe. The anxiety surrounding an idealized, multi-purpose language variety (often called good language in popular usage) is contrasted with the equally anxious, although less obvious, quest for linguistic anchorage. Evidence from Hungarian, Romance, Greek, and Slavonic languages will be discussed, with special regard to the historically evolving status of languages and language varieties.​

Spring Term 2013

In 'media' stat virtus: The role of television in reshaping and affecting reality in Viktor Pelevin and David Foster Wallace

Maddalena Grattarola

14 January 2013

Petrifying Gazes: The figure of Medusa in Percy Bysshe Shelley and Walter Benjamin

Mathelinda Nabugodi

28 January 2013

Russian Diplomacy and Prize Law

Julia Leikin

18 February 2013

Viktor Dvorsky and the Space of the Czechoslovak Nation

Felix Jeschke

25 February 2013

Transmission of traumatic experiences in the families of war survivors from the former Yugoslavia

Kalina Yordanova

4 March 2013

The nostalgic moment: The proliferation of post-socialist nostalgia in Czech film and television in 1999

Veronika Pehe

11 March 2013

"Heading full steam for ruin": Petr Kropotkin and Degeneration

Richard Morgan

20 May 2013

A Sacramental Fervour: Dostoevsky's Notes from the House of the Dead in English Translation, 1881-1915

Ben Phillips

3 June 2013

Autumn Term 2012

Trees, Trenches and Tombs: An Entropic Perspective of War Memory in Novorossiisk

Vicky Davis

12 November 2012

In 'media' stat virtus: The Role of Television in Reshaping and Affecting Reality in Viktor Pelevin and David Foster Wallace

Maddalena Grattarola

3 December 2012 CANCELLED

Invisible Origins: The Political Dimension of Kierkegaard's "Instant"

Jack Reilly

10 December 2012