On the centenary of his birth and for the opening evening of the new GB-Russia Society season, we hear about the great and well-loved Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh and his enlightened and forward-looking Russian Orthodoxy from his biographer and former Diocesan Secretary, the writer and speaker Gillian Crow.
Since the appointment of Count Semion Romanovich Vorontsov as Russian Ambassador to Great Britain in 1795, the Vorontsov family came to represent the flesh and blood of Anglo-Russian relations – with its members playing pivotal roles in events that were to shape the history of both countries. Ian Roberts gives a fascinating insight into these landmark junctures in history, told through the individual perspectives of the noble Russian / English family.
It started with a storm… Since explorer Richard Chancellor was blown off-course and made his famous chance landing in 1553, Russia and Britain have enjoyed a special – and quite extraordinary – relationship. As part of the UK/Russia Year of Culture, author and Russia expert Roderick Heather explores the good and the bad times between the 16th and 20th centuries and the effect of trade and cultural ties on the history and culture of both countries, with a focus on the human aspect – intrepid Britons and their weird and wonderful experiences in Tsarist Russia. This is a GB Russia Society event: all are welcome.
Exotic, intangible, unfathomable – a mystery inside an enigma… What is ‘Russia’ in the public imagination? Where did the concept of the Russian Soul originate and how did it evolve? What is its place in British culture? As part of the official UK/Russia Year of Cultural Exchange, Professor Michael Hughes of Manchester University discusses this most relevant of themes, with a focus on Britain pre-1914. This is a GB Russia Society event and all are welcome.
Fragile, gritty and vital, St Petersburg is one of the world’s most alluring cities – a place in which the past is ever-present, ubiquitous and controversial. Professor Catriona Kelly of Oxford University, one of the judges of this year's Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, shows how a creative engagement with the past has always been fundamental to St Petersburg’s residents.
The Ukrainian Crisis: what next? An evening with former British Ambassador to Ukraine Robert Brinkley
Drawing on his own first-hand experience and long knowledge of the historical relationship between Russian and Ukraine, Robert Brinkley sheds light on a situation that is very far from black and white. Come and extend your own understanding.
We all recognize that stereotypes are a gross simplification, but the human urge to categorize and to generalize nonetheless seems endemic and stereotypes have a surprisingly long life: can we escape from them? Join Professor Anthony Cross for this timely discussion as he traces the origins of British cultural stereotypes about Russia and Russians down the centuries.