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28th July 2006

Dear All

Another one from the SRF.


NB All talks apart from the September event (members only, by application)
will be held at 7.30pm in the the hall of Old St Paul’s Church, Jeffrey
Street, Edinburgh. Jeffrey Street leads off Market Street, which runs
along the back of the railway station. The hall is adjacent to the church
entrance. This was the venue for our Christmas party last December.

Entrance £2 members and students, £4 non-members – incl. light

Thursday 14th September – Days of St Petersburg (members only)

This is a series of cultural events brought to Scotland by the City of St
Petersburg and encompasses art exhibitions and concerts by the St
Petersburg String Quartet. A civic reception will be held on Thursday 14th
September at 11:30 am in the City Chambers to which all members will be
invited on a first come, first served basis. The reception involves civic
presentations, a concert by the St Petersburg String Quartet, a buffet
lunch as well as an art exhibition. Separate invitations will be sent to
all members.

Friday 6th October – AGM + concert by Elena Domozhirova

During the evening there will be a concert of Russian songs given by Elena
Domozhirova, a skilled performer of traditional Russian music. Between
1984 and 1990 Elena led expeditions to many distant regions of the
Russian countryside to locate eldely persons who could remember the songs,
dances, ceremonies and costumes which had formed part of the old
traditions. These she recorded and re-arranged for stage performance. In
1991 she was awarded a Master’s degree by the Moscow Academy of Music for
her work.

The evening will finish with light refreshments.

NB SRF members should have received details of the AGM agenda and an
invitation to stand for the committee. Let us know if you have any
queries. Non-members also very welcome to attend (on a non-voting basis).
If any non-members would like a copy of the agenda let me know:

Thursday 9th November – Gannibal

A talk by Hugh Barnes, author of a recently published book on Gannibal,
the African ancestor of Alexander Pushkin (reviewed in SRF newsletter).
The author has uncovered many new and fascinating facts about the
antecedents of Russia’s greatest poet. His book will be available for
purchase at the talk.

Wednesday 6th December – Chekhov’s Russia

A talk by Dr Rosamund Bartlett. Dr Bartlett is Lecturer in Russian in the
School of Modern Languages at Durham University and has written several
books, amongst which is “Chekhov : Scenes from a life” and “Chekhov:A life
in letters”. She also lectures in the Department of Music

on 19th and 20th century Russian music history.

Glasgow University announced in June (apologies for delay in passing this
on) that their bid for a Centre of Excellence in Russian, Central and East
European Studies has been successful.
A team from the university's Central and East European Studies (CEES) and
Slavonic Studies departments, in collaboration with partner institutions
the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Nottingham, Paisley,
Strathclyde and St Andrews, submitted a proposal to create the Centre of
Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES).

Almost 50% of the funding of this project will go towards MSc and PhD
studentships from across the partner institutions. CRCEES will also offer
new and innovative language diplomas and distance learning. Other
activities will include workshops, seminars, conferences, research days,
business days, exhibitions, films and festivals, which will be open to the
public. Mr Richard Berry will be Director of CRCEES and Dr David Smith
will be Co-Director.
The success of this bid demonstrates the great strength of expertise at
the University of Glasgow; this is also reflected in the University
Library, which holds one of the country's best collections in the field.
Similarly, the success of this bid is in part due to our prestigious
partner institutions, without which this would not have been possible.

The establishment of CRCEES is one of the most exciting developments in
the field since the 1960s, and this new era begins on 1 October 2006.
There will be a major launch event to mark this – further details to be



Message from a member:

I am involved with the Friends of Chernobyl Children group based in
Portobello that is receiving a dozen young children from Belarus in
September. We plan to take them to see Greyfriars Bobby and I would like
to be able to tell them a simple version of the story. Does anyone have a
Russian version of the tale that I might borrow, or know where I might
find one? All help greatly appreciated.
Reply to: Chris Ayton, [removed]

My name is Julie Harkin and I am a casting director currently working on a
children's tv series for ITV.
One of the main characters in the show is an eight year old boy called
Boris who speaks fluent Russian.
The series will shoot in Leeds 18th September – 15th December.
Contact: Julia Harkin, Tel. 020 8451 1964, email


University of Nottingham, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies
PhD studentship, commencing 1 October 2006.

Applications are invited from high-quality candidates who have completed
an MA for this three-year studentship available in Russian and Slavonic
Studies. The Department can offer expert supervision in the following
areas: Russian literature (20th century prose; Russian and Soviet poetry;
women's writing); Russian drama and theatre; Soviet cultural studies
(including film); South East and Central European Studies, especially
Serbian and Croatian literature, culture and history. Further information
on staff and research specialisms is available from the Departmental
website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/slavonic/postgraduate/
The University of Nottingham offers excellent facilities for doctoral
study, with very good library resources and access, and attractive study
facilities available within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies is a small, welcoming and
vibrant community with a regular research seminar programme, which is
integrated with those of the other Departments of the School. Depending on
your specialism, there are opportunities to gain experience in teaching
and other related activities on the undergraduate programmes of the
Proposals may be discussed with Dr Cynthia Marsh, Head of Department,
Russian and Slavonic Studies. Initial contact:
The closing date for applications is Friday 18 August and should be made
to Dr Marsh on forms available on-line from the University of Nottingham,
Graduate School website. Follow the links from:
The award will be £13,500 per annum for maintenance, plus fees at the HEU
rate charged to students from the European Union. Other students will be
required to contribute the difference between this rate and the Overseas
rate, approximately £6,000 per annum. As a guide, a single student living
in Nottingham in 2006/07 will need a minimum of £700 per month to cover
basic living expenses such as accommodation costs, heating, food, daily
travel, books, equipment and other necessities.

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