Bringing together leaders of Russian-speaking cultural entrepreneurship in the UK for a knowledge-exchange and networking workshop.
The workshop is organised within the AHRC-funded Edinburgh University-based project ‘Global Russians: Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK’ (2016-2021), PI: Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke.
With around 500,000 Russian-speaking migrants now living in the UK, the Russian-speaking community has a high cultural visibility in British urban landscapes, spanning from the War and Peace-styled Debutante Balls, film and book festivals to Victory Day marches. The project aims to capture the transnational Russian-speaking identity and community construction organised around Russophone cultural entrepreneurship. The project further aims to explore the discursive construction, articulation and transmission of transnational Russian-speaking self and community by agents of Russophone cultural production and gatekeepers of Russian cultural flows. In addition, it aims to identify the community building potential of the discourse narratives under question and to establish forms in which Russian speakers culturally engage with the local and super-diverse communities in the UK. The project will provide insight into ‘transnational Britain’ itself, contributing new understandings as to what ‘community’ might mean in this context.
The ‘Global Russians’ project is part of the multidisciplinary and multi-institutional ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities’ OWRI Programme (led by Manchester University).
9.45 – 10.00 Registration
10.00-11.20 Session 1
Discussants: Dina Berdnikova (Arbuzz), Larissa Itina (ARCC: Anglo-Russian Culture Club), Alexandrina Markvo (Bird&Carrot), Katerina Nikitina (former Zima)
11.40-13.10 Session 2
Discussants: Vladimir Ashurkov, Irina Ioannesyan, Alexander Kan (BBC Russian Service)