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XVI International Bakhtin Conference

Will be held at the  College of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Fudan University, Shanghai, China in July 2017. Further information will be forthcoming in due course.

Nikolai Alekseevich Pan'kov 1956-2014

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Nikolai Pan'kov, aged only 58, after a protracted illness. Nikolai made a major contribution to studies of the work of the Bakhtin Circle, both through his own exemplary archival work and through the journal Dialog Karnaval Khronotop, which he established and edited from 1992. This was the most difficult time for such ventures in the former USSR, but Nikolai managed to publish important archival material and articles by representatives of every tendency within Bakhtin Studies. In 2011 a Festschrift, Khronotop i okrestnosti was published to mark his 55th birthday, with scholars from many countries paying tribute to his contribution.

PhD Studentship Dedicated to the Folklore and Literature of the Caucasus Region

Thanks to a generous donation, the Bakhtin Centre and Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies invites applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship dedicated to the folklore and literature of the Caucasus region.

Proposals may fall within the areas in which the department has expertise:

1) Marrism, Semantic Palaeontology and the Study of Caucasian Folklore in the USSR 1900-40;

2) Caucasian folklore and Georgian literature in the 20th Century;

3) Caucasian Folklore and the delineation of national cultures in the USSR.

Fluency in Russian language is essential, and knowledge of one Caucasian language would be an advantage.

The scholarship includes all University fees, a grant for living expenses and funds for approved research expenses. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Craig Brandist c.s.brandist@sheffield.ac.uk to discuss possible projects. In the first round of selection we will require a cv, a research proposal of c.400 words, and a covering letter explaining your interest. These should reach Professor Brandist by 6 June 2014.

Annual Prokhorov Lecture in Critical Theory and Cultural History


Whatever Happened to Literary Theory?

About our speaker:

Professor Terry Eagleton is a prominent literary theorist, critic and public intellectual. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland and Distinguished Visiting Professor of English Literature at The University of Notre Dame. Eagleton has published over forty books including Criticism & Ideology, Marxism and Literary Criticism, Walter Benjamin, or Towards a Revolutionary Criticism, The Function of Criticism, The Ideology of the Aesthetic, Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature, Ideology: An Introduction, The Illusions of Postmodernism, Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic, After Theory, The English Novel: An Introduction, Holy Terror, Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics, On Evil, Why Marx Was Right, The Event of Literature, How to Read Literature and others. He is best known for Literary Theory: An Introduction, which has sold over 750,000 copies.

Venue: Student Union Auditorium

Date and time: Tuesday 29 April, 2014, 5:30 PM

Iurii Pavlovich Medvedev (1937-2013)

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Iurii Pavlovich Medvedev on 10 October 2013.  In recent years Iurii Pavlovich, along with his wife Dar'ia Aleksandrovna, produced important research into the work and legacy of his father Pavel Nikolaevich Medvedev (1882-1938), in particular the unique and important contribution he made to what is now known as the Bakhtin Circle. Iurii Pavlovich's contribution to scholarship was significant and researchers into the ideas of Bakhtin Circle owe much to his work.  

See an obituary of Iurii Pavlovich, in both English and Portuguese, in Bakhtiniana. Revista de Estudos do Discurso, Vol 8, No 2 (2013).

The XV International Bakhtin Conference

Was held at the Royal Institute of Art and Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm 23rd-27th July 2014. Further details are available at the conference website: bakhtinconference.com

The Fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Perspectives and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin: "Dialogue at the Boundaries"

Was held at the The University of Waikato, New Zealand, Wed 15 until Friday 17 January, 2014.

Keynote lectures may be viewed online here

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