Please see programme below.
SCRSS programme Autumn 2011
The following events are programmed this autumn at the Society for
Russian & Soviet Studies (SCRSS), 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB.
Admission is £5 (or £3 for SCRSS members), unless otherwise stated. Tea
and coffee are served before events, from 6.30pm. All are welcome.
Friday 23 September 7pm
Film: The Brest Fortress
A new wartime drama set during the Nazi invasion of the USSR in June 1941,
when Soviet troops held onto the Brest Fortress in Belarus for nine days.
Directed by Alexander Kott, Russia, 2010. Cast includes Pavel Derevyanko,
Andrei Merzlikin and Alexander Korshunov. English subtitles.
Note: Admission to this event is free (SCRSS members and non-members), but
all tickets must be reserved at least one week in advance. Telephone the
SCRSS on 020 7274 2282 to reserve a ticket.
Friday 7 October 7pm
Lecture: The Besieged – Surviving Catastrophe by Caroline Walton
This year is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Siege of Leningrad.
Caroline Walton's new book The Besieged is published on 8 September 2011
by Biteback Books. In her talk she focuses on what we can learn from the
survivors of the Siege, what kept them alive and how creativity
contributed to their survival. Copies of The Besieged will be on sale at
Friday 28 October 7pm
Lecture: Film Society by John Riley
John Riley, film historian, talks on the UK's first film society
established in London in 1925 by a group of left-wing intellectuals. From
1925-1939 the Film Society aimed to show films of 'high quality' that had
little chance of commercial distribution, including Russian and Soviet
titles that had been refused certification by the BBFC. One of the Film
Society's guiding spirits was Ivor Montagu and several other founder
members were associated with the SCR. John Riley will look at the Film
Society, its shows and the debates that surrounded its work.
John Riley is a writer, curator and lecturer. Among his books are Dmitri
Shostakovich: a Life in Film (IB Tauris). He has recently written on the
Film Society for OUP and on 'Pioneering Russian Film in London' for the
second volume of Russian Presence in Britain.
Friday 18 November 7pm
Lecture: Total War – From Stalingrad to Berlin by Michael Jones
Michael Jones talks on his new book, Total War, published by John Murray
in June 2011. Total War tells the story of the Red Army as they freed
Russia and Ukraine from Hitler and fought their way to Berlin. The book
also reveals the horrors Soviet soldiers experienced – the Holocaust,
genocide and the mass murder of Soviet POWs – and shows how the Red Army,
brutalised and traumatised by four years of war, advanced on Germany.
Total War includes a wealth of new material and sources, including Red
Army diaries and letters, and the remarkable testimonies of Soviet
veterans. Copies of Total War will be on sale at the event.
Michael Jones is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the
British Commission for Military History and works as a writer, media
consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth,
Agincourt, Stalingrad and Leningrad, and most recently The Retreat:
Hitler's First Defeat.
Friday 2 December 7pm
Lecture: Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde Art 1900-1935 by Christine Lindey
Christine Lindey surveys the art movements that occurred at this time,
including the creative and popular period following the Russian
Christine is an art historian and lecturer. Her publications include Art
in the Cold War (1990) and Keywords in Nineteenth Century Art (2006).
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