On Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd the XIX Colloquium of the British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture took place at SSEES, the
The British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture aims at encouraging scholarly dialogue between English, French and Russian-speaking colleagues working in the fields of Slavonic studies, comparative literature, and the humanities in general.
The Colloquium presented fascinating papers by academics and young researchers, all driven by a huge passion for Russian culture. The speakers’ nationality was quite broad, ranging from British, French, German, Italian, Ukrainian, Russian, and Kazakh and even thought the hosting language was English, some presented their papers in French and Russian. Also, the following discussions welcomed multilingualism and every participant expressed himself in one of the three languages, usually the one he felt more familiar with. Initially the Colloquium included a few more papers, but the pensioners’ strike in
In the first session on Friday the 22nd three university professors gave their speeches. Firstly, Professor Marie-Pierre Rey from the University Pantheon Sorbonne in
Secondly, Professor Andreas Schonle from
Thirdly, the organizer of the Colloquium, Professor Derek Offord from the
Although Napoleonic history, Gogol’ and Tolstoy may be considered classics within the field of Slavonic studies, it has to be noticed that these papers presented new fascinating insights on those themes. The second part of the conference held on Saturday the 23rd included more niche topics.
The morning of Saturday the 23rd of October opened with two presentations on Art, music and literature in the early 20th Century by two young independent scholars. With great pleasure, I have introduced my study on “A contrastive analysis of Art Nouveau in France and the UK vs. Russia”, after carrying extensive research on the commonalities and the differences of Art Nouveau in the three countries, focusing particularly on Russia. The other speaker was Marina Lupishko, a pianist and a teacher, on “Daniil Kharms’s analysis of Chopin’s Op. 17, 4: Reflections on the formal structures in Music and Prose”. Carrying out research on the interplay between music and literature proved to be extremely original.
The third speech was given by Irina Bill from the
After a small coffee break the colloquium went on with Boris Czerny from the
The discussions following the presentations were intense and the Colloquium proved to be not only deeply informative, but also highly inspirational for all the participants. The British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture will hold its next conference at the University of Toulouse 2 Le Mirail, department «Lettres Langages et Arts», on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April 2011, with its central theme being migration.