The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies is a Research Centre of Russian Language and Culture within the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies.
Its mission is:
A distinctive feature of the Centre is in addressing the following fundamental questions:
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.
2019 Conference Audience Feedback
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Our Centre’s strategic plans include:
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."
Dr Tabachnikova’s books include:
Russian Irrationalism from Pushkin to Brodsky. Seven Essays in Literature and Thought (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Facets of Russian Irrationalism between Art and Life Mystery inside Enigma (editor) (BRILL-Rodopi, 2016)
Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture (1917-1937) (co-edited with Peter Wagstaff and Jorg Schulte) (BRILL, 2012)
Correspondence between Lev Shestov and Boris de Schloezer, fully annotated edition (YMCA Press, 2011).
Anton Chekhov through the eyes of Russian thinkers: Vasilii Rozanov, Dmitrii Merezhkovsky and Lev Shestov (editor) (Anthem Press, 2010)
Since the Centre’s foundation on 25 January 2018, we have organised:
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). Read Olga's full profile
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. Read Elena’s full profile
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.
We are planning to produce
Please also see above, under the Related research groupings or interdisciplinary collaborations.