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STUDENT IN LENINGRAD, THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC:  AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH ELISABETH ROBSON
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

STUDENT IN LENINGRAD, THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH ELISABETH ROBSON

This talk draws on Elisabeth’s experiences as a post graduate student in Leningrad (1967-69), in particular around the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact in August 1968 when she was in Leningrad, cut off from communication with the outside world. In 2015 she was part of a team looking at archive holdings from BBC Monitoring, to assess their value for future historians. These were the first rough translations of broadcasts from Czechoslovakia during the invasion, which were the basis of the published reports prepared by BBC Monitoring. They turned out to be extraordinarily fresh and expressive, and this talk explains their significance. This event is organised by the GB-Russia Society and tickets are only available from the GB-Russia Society website: www.gbrussia.org

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BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”, Talk with OLGA VORONINA
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”, Talk with OLGA VORONINA

This talk explores Bulgakov’s life (1891-1940) and The Master and Margarita as a story of surviving in Stalinist Russia. Presented by Dr.Olga Voronina who has taught at the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham, St. Andrews and University College Oxford before returning to The School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL in 2017. This event is organised by the GB-Russia Society and tickets are only available from the GB-Russia Society website: www.gbrussia.org

In English

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Ian Roberts – ‘Vorontsov – Father and Son: An Anglo-Russian Duo’
Jun
30
6:30 PM18:30

Ian Roberts – ‘Vorontsov – Father and Son: An Anglo-Russian Duo’

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.

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Talk: Roderick Heather – ‘An Accidental Relationship: The British in Tsarist Russia’
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Roderick Heather – ‘An Accidental Relationship: The British in Tsarist Russia’

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.

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Talk: Professor Michael Hughes: ‘Searching for the Soul of Russia’
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Professor Michael Hughes: ‘Searching for the Soul of Russia’

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.

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St Petersburg - Shadows of the Past: a talk with Professor Catriona Kelly
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

St Petersburg - Shadows of the Past: a talk with Professor Catriona Kelly

In English

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. 

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UK/Russia Year of Culture: Talk: Origins and Persistence of National Stereotypes
Apr
24
8:30 PM20:30

UK/Russia Year of Culture: Talk: Origins and Persistence of National Stereotypes

In English

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.  

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