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The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies



Our mission is to bring Russian Culture to a Western audience, bridging the gap between Russia and the UK through facilitating an inter-cultural dialogue and to conduct research in the field of Russian thought, literature, music, history and art.

A distinctive feature of the Centre is to address the following fundamental questions:

  • What is understood as Russian cultural identity and constitutes the quintessence of Russianness and the kernel of its values?
  • What are its special features, and are they amenable to conceptualisation?

How does the phenomenon of Vladimir Vysotsky resonate with the concept of Russian character and embody its essential traits?

Our Centre is named after Vladimir Vysotsky (1938-1980) who became a cultural icon for the Russian nation during his lifetime, and continues to exert a considerable influence on Russian cultural developments and national identity. He was a poet, bard and actor, whose literary work was largely forbidden by the Soviet authorities, but whose songs, as unofficial audio recordings, could be heard from every window.

Vysotsky’s art served as a breath of fresh air in the totalitarian state stifled by the ideological control and hypocrisy, and helped Russian people to sustain their human dignity and cultural distinctiveness. Vysotsky was one of those artistic personalities who become a living conscience of the entire nation.

Upcoming events

F.M. Dostoevsky
F.M. Dostoevsky

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September 2021.

The State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow, Russia and The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK announce an International Academic Conference “F.M. Dostoevsky in the dialogue of cultures: a view from the 21st Century” in the framework of celebratory events, held for the 200th anniversary of F.M. Dostoevsky.

The following organisations are invited to take part: the Russian and International Dostoevsky Societies, the State Literary Museum of Russia, the Dostoevsky Memorial Museum in St. Petersburg, the Dostoevsky Museum in Staraya Russa, the Centre for the Study of Dostoevsky's Heritage at the IMLI RAS.

Thematic plan of the academic conference

  1. Dostoevsky as a participant in contemporary world culture
  • Discussions about Dostoevsky in Russia and the world
  • The name "Dostoevsky" as a symbol of the Russian world. Polemical perspectives
  • The cultural influence of Dostoevsky in Russia and the world
  • The views of cultural and artistic figures on Dostoevsky
  1. Dostoevsky’s views on art
  • The meaning of creativity and the concept of creative activity in Dostoevsky's journalism
  • “Beauty will save the world”?! Did Dostoevsky mean a question mark or an exclamation mark? The concept and images of beauty
  • "Pushkin's speech" as Dostoevsky’s testament to posterity
  1. Dostoevsky in art: stage, screen, art galleries
  • Theatrical performances on the stages of Russia, Europe and the Americas
  • Screen adaptations of Dostoevsky's works in world cinema
  • Television performances of Dostoevsky's works
  • Book illustrations for the works of Dostoevsky
  • The writings of Dostoevsky and painting
  • Images of Dostoevsky and his heroes in painting and graphics
  • - Musical interpretations of Dostoevsky's works

Time of presentations: 20 minutes. Proposals for papers must include the title, an abstract (no more than 100 words), the full name of the speaker, academic degree, place of work and position.

The participation of both graduate and undergraduate students is encouraged. The time limit for their presentations is 15 minutes.

Working languages of the conference are Russian and English.

Proposals in Russian are to be submitted simultaneously to two email addresses: and; in English – to the following address:

Conference coordinators

  • L.I. Saraskina, Higher Doctor of Philology, Chief Researcher of the State Institute for Art Studies (Moscow, Russia)
  • E.V. Salnikova, Higher Doctor of Cultural Studies, Head of the Sector of Artistic Problems of Mass Media of the State Institute for Art Studies (Moscow, Russia)
  • O.M. Tabachnikova, PhD in Franco-Russian Studies, Head of Russian at the School of Humanities, Language ​​and Global Studies, Director of The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies, University of Central Lancashire (Preston, UK)
  • V.D. Evalleux, PhD in Cultural Studies, Researcher at the State Institute for Art Studies, executive secretary of the scientific journal "Art Culture" (Moscow, Russia)

The deadline for submitting proposals for papers was Saturday 1 May 2021

The organizing committee reserves the right to reject applications that are not of significant interest to the conference, or that do not contain all the required information.

Depending on the epidemiological situation, the conference will be held in a combined online and offline format. Conference participants can attend either site – the University of Central Lancashire (Preston, England) or the State Institute for Art Studies (Moscow, Russia), as well as online meetings that will be fully broadcast on Zoom (links will be sent out in due course).

At present, no financial support for conference participants travelling to Moscow or Preston is offered. Two routes for publication of Conference Proceedings are envisaged:

1) The publication of the peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings in English: the guidelines for submitting papers for the volume, including style-guide and deadlines, will be announced after the conference programme is complete.

2) Peer-reviewed articles in Russian or English based on the conference papers will be published in the academic electronic journal "Art Culture" of the State Institute for Art Studies.

The deadline for submission of articles for the journal is Monday 20 September 2021.

Государственный институт искусствознания,

Научно-исследовательский центр имени Владимира Высоцкого по изучению русского языка и культуры факультета гуманитарных наук, языков и глобальных исследований Университета Центрального Ланкашира,

в рамках юбилейных мероприятий,

посвященных 200-летию Ф.М. Достоевского,

с приглашением к участию Российского и Международного обществ Ф.М. Достоевского, Государственного литературного музея, Мемориального музея Достоевского в С.-Петербурге, Музея Достоевского в Старой Руссе, Центра изучения творчества Достоевского при ИМЛИ РАН,

планируют провести 24-25 сентября 2021 года

Международную научную конференцию

«Ф.М. Достоевский в диалоге культур: взгляд из XXI века».


1. Достоевский – участник современной мировой культуры

– Дискуссии о Достоевском в России и мире

– Имя «Достоевский» как символ русского мира. Полемические ракурсы

– Культурное влияние Достоевского в России и мире

– Деятели культуры и искусства о Достоевском

2. Достоевский об искусстве

– Смысл творчества и концепция творческой деятельности в публицистике Достоевского

– «Красота спасет мир?!»: вопросительный или восклицательный знак у Достоевского. Концепт и образы красоты

– «Пушкинская речь» как завещание Достоевского потомкам

3. Достоевский в искусстве: сцена, экран, художественные галереи

– Театральные постановки на сценах России, Европы и Америки

– Экранизации произведений Достоевского в мировом кинематографе

– Телевизионные постановки произведений Достоевского

– Книжные иллюстрации к произведениям Достоевского

– Творчество Достоевского и живопись

– Образы Достоевского и его героев в живописи и графике

– Музыкальные интерпретации произведений Достоевского

Регламент доклада – 20 минут. Заявки должны включать название доклада, краткое изложение тезисов (не более 100 слов), ФИО докладчика, ученую степень, место работы и должность.

Приветствуется участие аспирантов и молодых ученых без ученой степени. Регламент их выступлений – 15 минут.

Рабочие языки конференции: русский и английский.

Заявки на русском языке следует направлять одновременно по двум электронным адресам:, Заявки на английском – по адресу:

Координаторы конференции:

Л.И. Сараскина, доктор филологических наук, главный научный сотрудник ГИИ

Е.В. Сальникова, доктор культурологии, заведующий сектором художественных проблем массмедиа ГИИ,

О.М. Табачникова, доктор философии, заведующая кафедрой русистики в университете Центрального Ланкашира на факультете гуманитарных наук, языков и глобальных исследований, директор научно-исследовательского Центра имени Владимира Высоцкого по изучению русского языка и культуры (Престон, Великобритания)

В.Д. Эвалльё, кандидат культурологии, научный сотрудник ГИИ, ответственный секретарь научного журнала «Художественная культура»

Срок подачи заявок – до 1 мая 2021 года.

Оргкомитет конференции оставляет за собой право отклонять заявки, не представляющие значительного интереса для анонсированной конференции, а также не содержащие всей необходимой информации.

В зависимости от эпидемиологической обстановки предполагается проведение конференции в очно-заочном формате. Участники конференции могут присутствовать как на двух площадках – в Университете Центрального Ланкашира (Престон, Англия) и Государственном институте искусствознания (Москва, Россия), так и на онлайн заседаниях, которые будут полностью транслироваться по Zoom (ссылки будут разосланы своевременно).

На данный момент не предусматривается финансирования командировочных расходов и организации пребывания иногородних участников конференции в Престоне и Москве.

Планируется проект публикации сборника по материалам конференции на английском языке. Об условиях подачи статей, правилах оформления и сроках будет сообщаться дополнительно после формирования программы конференции.

Статьи по материалам докладов на русском и английском языках могут быть опубликованы в научном электронном журнале Государственного института искусствознания «Художественная культура», по результатам экспертного рецензирования в обычном порядке.

Внимание! Срок подачи статей – до 20 сентября 2021 года.


Major Conference Russian-British intercultural dialogue: Russian music in Britain – British music in Russia Major international academic conference organised jointly with the State Institute for Art Studies (SIAS, Moscow)

2019 Conference Audience Feedback

"It was a privilege to hear the opinions and insights of real experts on subjects with which I am only superficially acquainted."

"It was very enriching to meet scholars from Russia."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed both concerts. Live, contemporary performances are rare, and this is a fabulous endeavour."

"Never listened to Russian music before now."

"Beautifully played and impactful."

"Today’s concert meaningfully contributed to widening my cultural horizons."

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Our Centre’s strategic plans include:

  • Working on a number of ongoing international and interdisciplinary research projects sustained by external grants’ applications;
  • Establishing strategic partnerships with Russian cultural institutions in Russia and abroad;
  • Offering diverse programme of events in Russian Studies within and outside academia such as research seminars, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, festivals, concerts and performances;
  • Facilitating academic and cultural exchanges;
  • Collaborating with other Centres and Institutes in UCLan and beyond;
  • Fostering postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows;
  • Hosting Russian cultural and literary materials for the use by UCLan students, academics and members of the general public.

We publish high quality research in the form of peer-reviewed books and articles in international academic journals. Our activities bridge the gap between Russia and Britain, assisting the non-academic world to acquire in-depth knowledge of Russia's cultural past and present, thus overcoming the hostile stereotypes, counter-productive for cultural enrichment and transnational understanding. By organising a diverse programme of events at UCLan and beyond, we bring Russian culture to the English North-West, facilitating an inter-cultural dialogue and mutual awareness at a grassroots level. We engage in international collaboration with Social Scientists, Literary Scholars and Cultural Studies experts from around the globe in our ongoing study of the legacy of WWI in both Russia and Britain, to produce pop-up exhibitions and a ground-breaking documentary, thus helping socio-political practitioners and policy-makers.

Latest feedback from the audience of our Programme of Events in Russian Studies:

"My knowledge of Russian art has been expanded."

"I have seen a softer, gentler side to a country that is often represented as cruel and cold."

"Thank you very much! So moving and emotional. Great insights, great stuff."

"Very enlightening, unique, certainly enriching – would love to receive more information on upcoming events. Thank you for this experience!"

"Please keep holding such events; they are necessary in the current climate."

Since the Centre’s foundation on 25 January 2018, we have organised:

Events and research seminar series in Russian Studies for 2019-2020

  • Russian-British intercultural dialogue: Russian music in Britain – British music in Russia
    Major international academic conference organised jointly with the State Institute for Art Studies, (SIAS, Moscow)
  • A seminar ‘Pushkin for Historians: The Case of Vasilii Kliuchevskii (1841–1911)’ by Dr Frances Nethercott (University of St Andrews), 4 December 2019.
  • Russian-English Poetry Translation Day: Poetry Translation workshop for students of Russian by award winning poets and translators. Round Table and Q&A Session on Poetry Translation: Poetry Translators in Conversation (Stephen Capus, Peter Daniels, Veniamin Gushchin and Olga Tabachnikova present their work in progress on the pioneering bilingual anthology of WWI poetry, and answer questions on the craft of literary translation), 22 January 2020.
  • ‘Fairy Tales in Russia and England’: A Course of Guest Lectures on Alexander Pushkin’s Fairy Tales (by Prof Olha Chervinska, Chernivtsy, Ukraine) and A Comparative Analysis of Russian and English Fairy Tales (by Dr Aliona Matiychak, Chernivtsy, Ukraine), 23-31 January 2020.
  • An Award Winning Film ‘Oscar’ Presented by its Co-Director Alexander Smoljanski (Russia-Germany). See the film’s trailer, 12 February 2020.
  • Presentation of INTEGRUM: the electronic portrait of RUSSIA and the CIS by the IT company director Alexander Smoljansky, 13 February 2020.
  • A seminar ‘Does one need to engage a detective to learn a language?’ by Ignaty Dyakov (London), 11 March 2020.
  • Lecture: ‘An introduction to health for linguists: a holistic approach’ (Jointly with the Worldwise Centre) by Ignaty Dyakov, 11 March 2020.

Events and research seminar series in Russian Studies for 2018-2019

  • A seminar ‘The City in the Culture and Literature of the Russian Silver Age, 1900-1910s’ by Professor Leah Bushkanets (Kazan Federal University, Russia), 31 October 2018.
  • A seminar on the topic of ‘Anton Chekhov and Russian music’ by Professor Arnold McMillin (UCL), 21 November 2018.
  • Russia Day was a day packed with events and lectures on Russian culture and history; it took place on 5 December 2018. Our main guest speaker was a prominent Russian writer Alexander Melikhov.
  • Concert of Russian and Western European Music: given by a trio of internationally renowned musicians: Lana Trotovšek (violin), Elena Artamonova (viola) and Boris Bizjak (flute), 16 January 2019.
  • A (replacement) seminar ‘Old-Believers and Russian Symbolism’ by Dr Elena Artamonova (UCLan), 23 January 2019.
  • Translation workshop for students of Russian and Lecture on the translation of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate by the award winning translator Robert Chandler, 13 February 2019.
  • Concert and Lecture on Russian Music and Eurasian Philosophy: Dr Javier Ares Yebra (guitar) and Dr Elena Artamonova (viola), 1 March 2019.
  • Chekhov Theatre Experience: ‘The Seagull’. Theory and Practice by Theatre Director Stiliyan Petrov and Professor of Russian Literature Lyudmil Dimitrov (Bulgaria), 5-8 March 2019.
  • A seminar ‘Dostoevsky on Atheisms, Atheists, and the Question of God’ by Professor George Pattison (University of Glasgow), 13 March 2019.
  • Prof Galima Lukina (SIAS, Moscow) and The Gold Trio (England). Lecture and Concert.
  • A seminar ‘The poetic circle in Stalin-era Russia: the case for cultural continuity’ by Professor Katharine Hodgson (University of Exeter), 27 March 2019.
  • Professor Vera Zabotkina (RSUH, Moscow). Lecture ‘How to get to grips with the changes in the conceptual worldviews of Russian and English cultures’, 3 April 2019.
  • Russian-British intercultural dialogue: Russian music in Britain – British music in Russia
    Major international academic conference organised jointly with the State Institute for Art Studies, (SIAS, Moscow)

Dr Olga Tabachnikova, The Director of The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies

Olga is a Reader in Russian at the University of Central Lancashire. She has twin background, with two PhDs, respectively in Mathematics and Franco-Russian Studies. She has previously held positions and was involved in research projects on Russian literature and culture at a number of other institutions, including the Universities of Bath and Bristol (UK), the University of Trier (Germany) and the Sorbonne (France). Her main area of expertise encompasses both classical and contemporary Russian culture (from the 19th century to the present) with the main focus on cultural and literary history and the history of ideas. Olga has published extensively in the field of Russian Studies, and is also an author of two books of poetry (in Russian).

Dr Elena Artamonova is a Lecturer in Russian Studies and Member of the Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies. She teaches a range of modules on Russian Culture and Language, and successfully combines her scholarly and viola performing activities with over 20 years of teaching experience. Elena has published widely on Russian cultural history and music. Her work has been presented at many international conferences, and her world premier CDs on Toccata Classics have been received to a high critical acclaim.

UK: University of Central Lancashire, University of St Andrews; Russia: State Institute for Art Studies; Central Economic-Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Art Education and Cultural Studies of the Russian Academy of Education, Maxim Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Belgium: Catholic University of Leuven, Antwerp Sint-Andries Campus (International Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project Intimate, literary and public representations of Truth: a comparative survey of British and Russian responses to the Great War)

The St Petersburg State University (International Collaborative Project: The Impact of Chekhov’s prose on World Literature)

‘World Literatures and Cinemas Research Cluster’ – collaboration with the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies; organising a series of conferences and symposia.

The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre would like to congratulate our close partner and research collaborator The Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow) on its 30th anniversary, and its predecessor Moscow State Historical-Archival Institute on its 90th birthday. Please see a congratulatory video-address by our VC Prof Graham Baldwin, which our Russian partners shared on YouTube. We look forward to our new joint research, cultural, and educational endeavours

We are planning to produce

  • A series of 12 documentaries on Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs for BBC 4 (once monthly).
  • Academic exchange: visits by distinguished specialists on Russia from around the globe, with lecture courses and academic project developments
  • Art festivals, concerts, workshops and exhibitions – (including icon-painting and Russian crafts workshops, photography/books exhibitions and visual arts)
  • Academic conferences and seminars (to be organised and co-organised with leading HE institutions in Russia and beyond)

Please also see above, under the Related research groupings or interdisciplinary collaborations.