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Russia Week

Russia_week_banner_429x185The King's Russia Institute and the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy present a series of events dedicated to the study of contemporary Russia, in all its depth and complexity- Russia Week from 7 to 11 March 2016

A schedule of activities is below as well as biographies of the speakers. 

Events are free and open to all. Tickets for afternoon and evening events are available on Eventbrite. Lunch-time events are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Most of the events will be taking place on the Waterloo campus in the Franklin-Wilkins building, Stamford Street London, London SE1 9NH. Please check here for directories and access for people with disabilities. Remaining events will be on the Strand campus, Strand, London WC2R 2 LS. For directions and access for people with disabilites, please check here

Monday, 7 March

6-8pm Russia Week Launch Event
"The Russian Intelligentsia and the Authorities: Confrontation and Compromise"

A lecture by Alisa Ganieva, followed by Q&A

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room 1.10, Waterloo campus   

Tickets here

Tuesday, 8 March

1-2pm Lunch with Stephen Lovell 

An informal discussion of topics in Russian history with Prof. Stephen Lovell

Vanue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room G.76, Waterloo campus


4-6pm "Women in Russian Culture: Concepts and Cliches in Russian Art, Literature and Cinema"

A lecture by Alisa Ganieva, followed by Q&A

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room 2.45, Waterloo campus

 Tickets here


6-8pm Author Meets Critics

Vladimir`s Gel`man`s "Authoritarian Russia" 

A panel discussion with Prof. Vladimir Gel`man and others 

Venue: Franklin-Wilknis Building, room 1.10, Waterloo campus 

Tickets here

Wednesday, 9 March

12-1pm Lunch with Marat Shterin

An informal discussion of topics in Russian religion and ideology with Dr Marat Shterin

Vanue: Strand Building, room S-1.08, Strand campus


6-8pm "What`s Next for Russia?"

A panel discussion conveyed by the King`s Politics Society 

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room 1.10, Waterloo campus 

Thursday, 10 March

1-2pm Lunch with Sam Greene

An informal discussion of topics in Russian politics with Dr Sam Greene

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins, room G.76, Waterloo campus


4-6 pm "The Ontology of Russian Drinking: Who Imbibes and Why Russian Literature"

A lecture by Alisa Ganieva, followed by Q&A

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room 1.68, Waterloo campus

 Tickets here


7-9pm "Reporting Russia: Making Russia Comprehensible to Western Audiences"

A panel discussion with journalists Peter Pomerantsev, Oliver Bullough, Arkady Ostrrovsky and Andrew Jack

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room 1.10, Waterloo campus

Tickets here

Friday, 11 March

12-1pm An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture

A taster session with the King`s Modern Language Centre

Venue: Franklin-Wilkins Building, room G.80, Waterloo campus


6-8pm Londongrad Research Mixer

An informal party for London-based Russia-focused research students and their supervisors

Venue: King`s Building, room K0.31 (Small Committee Room), Strand campus 

RSVP here

About the speakers

Oliver Bullough is a freelance journalist who has covered Russia and the former Soviet Union for Reuters, the Guardian and others since 1999. His most recent book, The Last Man in Russia: The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation, was published in 2013.

Alisa Ganieva is a critic and novelist who won Russia’s prestigious Debut Prize in 2009 for her short story about life in Dagestan. In 2015, she became the first female writer from Russia’s North Caucasus to have a novel translated into English, with the publication of The Mountain and the Wall.

Vladimir Gel’manis Professor of Political Science at the European University at St. Petersburg and Finland Distinguished Professor at the Academy of Sciences of Finland. He is one of Russia’s leading comparative political scientists and author, most recently, of Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes.

Sam Greene is Director of the King’s Russia Institute and Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics. Prior to coming to King’s, he worked for 13 years in Moscow, including as Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre and Director of the Centre for the Study of New Media and Society. His research focuses on the evolving relationship between Russia’s citizens and their state. His book, Moscow in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia was published in 2014.

Andrew Jack is a journalist and editor at the Financial Times, for whom he served as Moscow correspondent and bureau chief from 1998 to 2004. His book, Inside Putin’s Russia: Can There Be Reform without Democracy?, was published in 2005.

Stephen Lovell is Professor of Modern History at King’s College London. He is among the world’s leading specialists in the cultural and social history of 19th and 20th Century Russia and author of Summerfolk: A History of the Dacha (2003), The Shadow of War: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1941 to the Present (2010) and, most recently, Russia in the Microphone Age: A History of Soviet Radio, 1919-1970 (2015).

Arkady Ostrovsky is a correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief for the Economist. His book, The Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War, was published in 2015.

Peter Pomerantsevis a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London and a long-time television and print journalist in and around Russia. His book, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia was published in 2015.

Marat Shterin is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Religion at King’s College London and an authority on religion and ideology in Russia and beyond. His research delves into religious minorities, religiously motivated radicalization and recent trends in Russian Orthodoxy and Islam, as well as the role of faith in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. His book, Religion in the Remaking of Russia, will be published later this year.

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