UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Russian Studies Seminar Series

Through our activities we promote knowledge and discussion of Russia in the broader academic community and with the public at large. 

Every year, as part of the Russian Studies Seminar Series, SSEES presents a number of one-off events which provide a forum for profiling the latest research into Russia's culture, history, language, literature, politics, and society, past and present.

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 GroupRussian Cinema Research Group and 'Культура и общество современной России' ('Culture and society in contemporary Russia') further contribute to our un-rivalled expertise in Russian Studies.

Please see the schedule below for details on our forthcoming events.

Day/Time: Monday, 18:00 - 19:30
Venue: Currently online / Masaryk Room, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Upcoming events
11 October 2021

An Evolution of Joseph Brodsky’s Collaborative (Self)Translation: Dr Natasha Rulyova

Book cover: Bloomsbury Publishing Joseph Brodsky and Collaborative Self-Translation
1 November 2021

The Social History of Prostitution in the Late Russian Empire: Siobhán Hearne

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25 November 2021

Book discussion: A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by his Sister by Olesya Khromeychuk

A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by his Sister
29 November 

Dostoevsky, Russia and nationalism in the global era

Dostoevsky bicentenary poster

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Recent Events

Spring Term 2021
24 May 2021, 6:00pm BSTBook Talk by Emil Draitser: In the Jaws of the Crocodile
Autumn Term 2020
19 October 2020, 6:00 pm

Deification in Russian Religious Thought and the Limits of the Human

With Dr Ruth Coates

23 November 2020, 6:00 pm

"Solovki Gulag literature": Towards a New Understanding of Gulag Literature

with Dr Andrea Gullotta

30 November 2020, 6:00 pm

From Borodino to Babel (and Beyond): In the Field of Russian-to-English Literary Translation

with Dr Muireann Maguire and Dr Cathy McAteer

1 December 2020, 4:00 pm

Book Discussion - The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad

with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

14 December 2020, 6:00 pm

A Russian Jane Eyre: Gothic Subjectivity and the Woman Question in Tur and Turgenev

With Dr Katherine Bowers

Spring Term 2019
15 January  2019, 7-9pmThe Collapse of the Soviet Union: How it happened and what followed - Bridget Kendall

4 February 2019, 6.15-8pm

The New Cold War: Where are the real frontline states? - Ed Lucas

Autumn Term 2018

8 October 2018, 6-8pm

"It's an American story, about an American career": The Transnational Fame of Joseph Brodsky - Alex Harrington, Durham University
12 November 2018, 6-8pmPolitics Under the Influence. Vodka and Public Policy in Putin's Russia - Anna L . Bailey

19 November 2018, 6-8pm

The Soviet Emperor's New Clothes: Psychiatry, Dissent and the Art of Diagnosis - Rebecca Reich, University of Cambridge

26 November 2018, 6-8pm

Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita: Depicting the Divine - Olga Voronina

Spring Term 2018
7 February 2018, 6:45pm-9pm, Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre, UCLMcMafia: The Reality
16-17 February 2018, 9am-5pm, Room 347, UCL SSEESWorkshop: 'Russia's Global Legal Trajectories: International Law in Eurasia Past and Present'
16 February 2018, 6:30pm-8pm, Pushkin HousePublic forum (with Pushkin House): 'Russia as Maker and Breaker of International Law'
21 February 2018, 4:00pm-6:00 pm, Room 347, UCL SSEESThe paradoxes of Eduard Limonov: a Poet of Avant-guard and Leader of National-Bolshevik Party
30 April 2018, 6pm-8pm, Room 433, UCL SSEESSocialist Internationalism and New Histories of International Political Economy: A Roundtable
14 May 2018, 6:00pm-8:00 pm, Room 433, UCL SSEESPop Music from Stagnation to Perestroika: How Economic Reform Broke East European Cultural Networks
21 May 2018,  6:00pm-8:00 pm, Room 433, UCL SSEESClaire Shaw book talk on 'Deaf in the USSR'
Autumn Term 2017
9 Oct 2017, 6-8pm Room 433Professor Igor Fedyukin (NRS-HSE Moscow): Russia's Other Enlightenment?: Rakes, Petit-Maitres and Libertines in Eighteenth-Century St Petersburg
11 Oct 2017, 6-8pm Room 433Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Underground, Panel Discussion chaired by Dr Uilleam Blacker
6 Nov 2017, 6-8pm, Room 433Professor Kira Stevens (Colgate University):

Everyday law in a Moscow suburb, 1693-1730

7 Nov 2017, 6-8pm, Room 433Christine Evans (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Several hours in the Motherland: Vladimir Putin’s "Direct Line" broadcasts in historical perspective
23 Nov 2017, 6:30-9pm, Room 433Centennial Celebration of Andrei Bely's Petersburg
27 Nov 2017, 6-8pm, Room 433

Professor Christopher Andrew (University of Cambridge): Russian intelligence chiefs from the Bolshevik Revolution to Vladimir Putin.
Co-sponsored by the British-Latvian Association.

29 Nov 2017, 4-6pm,
Chadwick building G07 Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

Seminar Series in Russian:

Доктор Елена Зайцева Современное российское искусство и его политические аспект

4 Dec 2017, 6-8pm, Room 433

Robert Chandler: Censorship - And Eloquent Silences - In Vasily Grossman’s For A Just Cause 


 Past Events: