Literary Pax Sovietica: National Revival and Cultural Unification in Post-War Eastern Europe

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Russian and Slavonic Studies

Abstract

In the present-day reality, where nearly all major cultural and political projects have an international character, it is all the more vital to examine past attempts at the creation of a unified cultural and political sphere. The expansion of socialist rule into Eastern Europe after World War II was not exclusively a political enterprise; to no smaller an extent it was an exercise in transforming the national consciousness of the societies involved in the spirit of (forced) internationalism. In so far as literature is at the core of a nation's identity, it is important to examine steps taken towards a unification of literary production and consumption following the introduction of socialist rule in East European countries, during the formative years of the new world order.
At the same time, it is crucial to remember that only in a comparative context can researchers do justice to the complexity of the matter. Concentrating on a particular national context cannot give one a full idea of the cultural and political mechanics involved in the construction of the new totalitarian reality. For this reason the project will examine processes related to the institutionalisation of the production and consumption of literature during the first post-WWII decade in four East European countries, which exemplify different literary and political traditions - the GDR, Poland, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. The research team will investigate how similar events and procedures (all initiated by Soviet authorities) were adapted to specific cultural contexts and how, in turn, the centralised cultural policy responded to the particularities of each country. The team will study primary archival documents - both openly published and secret reports of writers' congresses, transcripts of meetings between writers and readers, as well as between writers and party officials, materials of international literary and cultural events, propagandistic texts and practical instructions related to the implementation of a unified Socialist Realist method of writing across Eastern Europe. By comparing and contrasting similar events and processes in the different cultural and political contexts, we should be able to achieve a fuller picture of the formation of socialist ideology in Eastern Europe, the foundations of the Cold War and, to a large extent, the building blocks of the recent cultural memory that is part and parcel of the European cultural heritage today.

Planned Impact

Cultural centres:
Given the nature of the research, it is logical that the results be introduced to the public interested in the history of Eastern Europe and the particular cultures which will be in the focus of this project. This will be done by means of organising at the Cultural Centres of Bulgaria, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic in London exhibitions on the topics covered by the project and offering there a series of related talks (to be prepared and presented by the PI and the RA). The Bulgarian Cultural Institute, the Czech Centre, the Goethe-Institut and the Polish Cultural Institute have all expressed interest in the organisation of the exhibitions and in the public talks. The cultural departments of the embassies confirmed their willingness to contribute financially towards the organisation of the events.

Non-academic archival institutions and document centres:
In the framework of the project, research collaboration with the following institutions is planned: Institute for Studies of the Recent Past, Sofia (in cooperation with the Institute for Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences); The Institute of National Rememberance,Warsaw; the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague (in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic); The Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship, Berlin. All these organisations have a rich experience in the organisation of exhibitions and talks for the broad interested public. It is expected that the preliminary cooperation in the framework of the project will result in further research cooperation in the future.

Policy makers:
An additional group of potential beneficiaries who are likely to be interested in the project and in the outcomes of the research are policy makers that work on organizing pan-European cultural events, in particular those involving East European countries. At this moment no direct contact has been established with relevant bodies, but it is to be hoped that such contacts will be established through the cultural institutes mentioned above. It is important to note that, following the expansion of the European Union to the East and the lifting of employment restrictions for citizens from Eastern Europe, millions of citizens of the former socialist countries have relocated to Great Britain. An understanding of their cultural background is necessary for a full integration of these people into society.
 
Description In the months that have passed since the previous report, we've been able to conduct thorough research in the archives in Moscow, Berlin, Sofia, Prague, Bratislava and some others. Gaining access to some of rare archival materials that had not been previously researched allowed us to gain insight into the process of the Sovietisation of Eastern Europe. This material will form the core of the monograph currently in preparation and of the forthcoming articles. The objectives of the award have been met in so far as we have collected, and are in the process of making publicly available, archive material that had not been previously studied in any systematic way, even though it concerns one of the foundation stones in the post-war history of Europe: cultural Sovietisation. We have completed the research and are now in the process of not just systematising for publication archival items, but presenting them in an analytical comparative perspective with reference to local cultures, languages and traditions of research. The two conferences that we organised (and that had not been originally planned) allowed us to bring together scholars many of whom had until then worked almost in isolation from the international community. The exchange of opinions and the debates that developed from those encounters in Sheffield led not just to the two collected volumes, but also to the creation of something like an informal network of scholars with similar interests and methodologies, working on local material in their own language. For the first time their findings have been (or will be) made public, and the foundation has been set for a more cooperation in the future.
Exploitation Route A collected volume will be prepared based on selected talks from the conference on Russian Formalism. The contacts between the scholars initiated at the conference may well develop into a more permanent form of academic cooperation as part of an international scholarly network. In addition, much of the archival material that is currently being prepared for publication, with appropriate analysis, has not previously been accessible to researchers and the broad public, and it will be most certainly built upon by other scholars in their research of this, and related, topics. Beyond the walls of the academia, members of the public in Sheffield and the area have had a chance to meet, and hear about, the work of writers, scholars and translators who are otherwise not frequent guests in this part of the country.
Sectors Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/slc/research/clusters/paxsovietica
 
Description As is evident from the relevant sections on record here reflecting our activities since the start of the project and until its end, we engaged a variety of audiences at different venues for a broad range of events. We presented numerous talks ourselves and organised talks on the topic of the project by colleagues working in other areas (translators and authors). We organised two exhibitions at the University of Sheffield, a film screening with a lecture and a public talk at an exhibition in an arts school in London. We maintain active ties with the Off the Shelf cultural festival in Sheffield and with the cultural department of the Polish Embassy in London. We would like to hope that among the many people who attended our events, more than a few will retain a lasting interest in the culture and languages of the countries whose fascinating history over the last century we presented. Just recently texts from our collection Socialist Realism in Central and Eastern European Literatures under Stalin: Institutions, Dynamics, Discourses (pp. 61-70). London: Anthem Press are included among items recommended for reading here: http://cultural-opposition.eu/courage/learning?module=n26423
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Arts Enterprise Funding
Amount £2,670 (GBP)
Funding ID x/005996-21-14 
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 03/2015
 
Description BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant application 2014 Round
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Funding ID SG140880 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description British Academy Small Grant
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 05/2015
 
Description CEELBAS - Research Network Workshops
Amount £3,500 (GBP)
Organisation Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 05/2015
 
Description CEELBAS Research Network Workshop
Amount £3,500 (GBP)
Organisation Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description EURIAS
Amount € 50,200 (EUR)
Organisation European Institutes for Advanced Study 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country France
Start 09/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship
Amount € 12,000 (EUR)
Organisation European University Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country Italy
Start 09/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Description International Visegrad Fund - conference support (accommodation)
Amount € 3,570 (EUR)
Organisation International Visegrád Fund 
Sector Public
Country Slovakia
Start 05/2015 
End 05/2015
 
Description Learned Socieites Fund 2013 - contribution to conference travel expenses (for Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Skradol)
Amount £700 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department Learned Societies Fund (University of Sheffield)
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2013 
End 12/2013
 
Description Learned Socieites Fund 2014 - contribution to conference travel expenses (for Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Skradol)
Amount £1,400 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department Learned Societies Fund (University of Sheffield)
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description Learned Societies Fund 2016 - University of Sheffield
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department Learned Societies Fund (University of Sheffield)
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2016
 
Description Learned Societies Fund 2016 - contribution to conference travel expenses for Prof.Dobrenko & Dr.Skradol
Amount £1,400 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department Learned Societies Fund (University of Sheffield)
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description Prokhorov Fund (University of Sheffield)
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department Prokhorov Fund (University of Sheffield)
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description Prokhorov Fund (University of Sheffield)
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department Prokhorov Fund (University of Sheffield)
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 05/2015
 
Description Research Seminar Fund (University of Sheffield)
Amount £400 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 05/2016
 
Description Sheffield City Library - contribution towards an event for the public in February 2017
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation Sheffield Central Library 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 02/2017
 
Description Sheffield Town Trust - towards the organisation of an event in the City Library in Sheffield
Amount £540 (GBP)
Organisation Sheffield Town Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 02/2017
 
Description Charles U in Prague, Collaboration on the Formalism Con., May 2015 
Organisation Charles University
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We approached colleagues at the departments of Czech literature and comparative literature at the Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, with the request to support our application for the organisation of an international conference in Sheffield in May 2015; in addition, we offered to exchange research results in areas relevant to the project.
Collaborator Contribution The colleagues in Prague supported our application for funding from the Visegrad Fund and provided scholarly and practical advice on matters related to the organisation of the conference.
Impact Successful application for funding from the Visegrad Fund; organisational and practical support for the conference; advice on project-related matters
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Off the Shelf Festival in Sheffield continued, 2016 
Organisation Off The Shelf Festival of Words - Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We established contact and organised the visit of Antonia-Lloyd Jones, a London-based award-winning translator of contemporary Polish literature into English, to Sheffield in the framework of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words. The event took place on 18 October 2016. See the "Engagement" section for details.
Collaborator Contribution Off the Shelf Festival of Words covered the expenses associated with the invitation to Sheffield of Antonia Lloyd-Jones and the moderation of the event with Antonia by Dr Joanna Kowalska.
Impact Each of the events co-organised by the research team and the Festival of Words in Sheffield aims to introduce the broad public to the subject of the project.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Waterstones, Tottenham Court Rd, October 2016 
Organisation Waterstones
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We contacted the recently opened Waterstones branch in Central London, which is also licensed to screen films, with the suggestion to show a Soviet post-war film which has hardly ever been shown in the West and which is unanimously regarded as the first Cold War film. Dr.Skradol introduced the film and answered questions from the audience at the end of the screening.
Collaborator Contribution The colleagues at Waterstones provided the venue and the equipment for the screening; they also advertised the event via their usual channels.
Impact A cinematic document of the post-war era was shown to the general public for the first time in decades. As 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the Cold War, the audience, which mostly consisted of avid readers of books on modern history, was interested in discussing the film in the context of the time and a stimulating discussion followed the event.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with the City Library in Sheffield continued 
Organisation Sheffield Central Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution After a very successful exhibition in the City Library in Sheffield in November 2015, the research team continued its cooperation with the Library and Dr.Skradol was invited to give a talk to the general public.
Collaborator Contribution The Library organised the publicity for the event via its newsletters and other channels. The event took place in the central library building, in the room habitually used for public events at the venue.
Impact The events are addressed at the general public of Sheffield and the surrounding area. Our aim is to make people interested in our research and the culture of Central and Eastern Europe.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with the New Bulgarian University (Sofia) 
Organisation New Bulgarian University
Department Department of Bulgarian Literature
Country Bulgaria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A joint exhibition of new archival documents prepared by Prof.Plamen Doinov of the New Bulgarian University (Sofia) took place in the City Library, Sheffield, in October-November 2015.
Collaborator Contribution Prof.Plamen Doinov is preparing the new archival documents pertaining to the Soviet cultural policy in Bulgaria in 1947-1960.
Impact An exhibition.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with the New Bulgarian University - Sofia 
Organisation New Bulgarian University
Country Bulgaria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration, which was initiated last year and which was mentioned in last year's report, has now brought its tangible results: the exhibition on the Sovietisation of Bulgarian cultural policy in post-war years ("A Book Prison And Its Inmates") was running in the Sheffield City Library in the framework of the Off The Shelf Festival of Words - 2015.
Collaborator Contribution Prof.Plamen Doinov supplied rare archival documents for presentation at the exhibition; Dr.Elitza Stanoeva of the University of Konstanz/ Sofia University provided the translation.
Impact We've been impressed with the feedback we received following the exhibition in November 2015. Judging from the written comments, the visitors to the Central Library of Sheffield appreciated an opportunity to gain insight into the workings of the machinery of cultural policy and book publishing in a European totalitarian state.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with the Off The Shelf Literary Festival 
Organisation Off The Shelf Festival of Words - Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A literary evening with the Polish poet and writer Wioletta Greg and translator Anna Blasiak in the framework of Off The Shelf special on 09.03.2015. We established contact with Wioletta and Anna, discussed with them the topics they might want to discuss in connection with our project that would also be of interest to the general public in Sheffield, prepared the publicity brochures and organised a video recording of the event.
Collaborator Contribution The team of Off the Shelf Festival of Words - Sheffield liaised with the University's student union concerning the venue, arranged the accommodation etc for the guests, distributed the publicity flyers. The Polish Cultural Institute in London was helpful in facilitating the initial contact with the author and the translator.
Impact In terms of public engagement, this was the first time an author writing in Polish met with a broad public (i.e., outside the Polish-speaking community) in Sheffield. In terms of the academic relevance for our project, discussions with the author and the translator made it possible for us to find links between the historical materials we examine and the present day cultural realities both inside and beyond Eastern Europe.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with the Off The Shelf Literary Festival 
Organisation Polish Cultural Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A literary evening with the Polish poet and writer Wioletta Greg and translator Anna Blasiak in the framework of Off The Shelf special on 09.03.2015. We established contact with Wioletta and Anna, discussed with them the topics they might want to discuss in connection with our project that would also be of interest to the general public in Sheffield, prepared the publicity brochures and organised a video recording of the event.
Collaborator Contribution The team of Off the Shelf Festival of Words - Sheffield liaised with the University's student union concerning the venue, arranged the accommodation etc for the guests, distributed the publicity flyers. The Polish Cultural Institute in London was helpful in facilitating the initial contact with the author and the translator.
Impact In terms of public engagement, this was the first time an author writing in Polish met with a broad public (i.e., outside the Polish-speaking community) in Sheffield. In terms of the academic relevance for our project, discussions with the author and the translator made it possible for us to find links between the historical materials we examine and the present day cultural realities both inside and beyond Eastern Europe.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with the Off the Shelf Literary Festival - Sheffield 
Organisation Off The Shelf Festival of Words - Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A literary evening with the Czech novelist and journalist Iva Pekarkova, 15 October 2014 (as part of the Off the Shelf 2014 festival). We established contact with Iva and discussed with her the topics she might want to discuss that would be, on the one hand, related to our project, and on the other - that would be of interest to the general public in Sheffield. We also prepared the publicity brochures and organised a video recording of the event. A colleague from our department, Ludek Knittl, moderated the event. We also applied for, and received, some funding from the Arts Enterprise department in the University to cover some of the expenses associated with the event.
Collaborator Contribution The team of Off the Shelf Festival of Words - Sheffield liaised with the University's student union concerning the venue; they advertised the event as part of the literary festival and arranged accommodation for the guest. The cultural department of the Czech Centre in London was helpful in facilitating the initial contact with the author.
Impact This was the first time a British author writing in Czech met with a broad public in Sheffield. Not only did the guests exhibit an active interest in Iva's work and life, but she and the Czech tutor of our department, Mr Ludek Knittl (who moderated the event), agreed on a future collaboration in the teaching of the Czech language and the promotion of Czech culture in the University of Sheffield. In terms of the academic relevance for our project, discussions with Iva helped us find links between the historical materials we examine and the present day cultural realities related to the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest 
Organisation Eotvos Lorand University
Country Hungary 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr.Tamás Scheibner of the University of Budapest, with whom Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Jonsson-Skradol collaborated on the organisation of events throughout the duration of the Project, is now a co-editor (together with Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Jonsson-Skradol) of the collected volume _Russian Formalism in Eastern and Central Europe_. The contributions from 16 authors have now been received and are being edited for submission to an academic publisher. Northwestern UP has already expressed initial interest in receiving sample chapters for consideration.
Collaborator Contribution Dr.Tamás Scheibner made contact with the contributors to the volume, solicited the texts, performed the initial quality assessment. He remains in contact with the authors and with Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Jonsson-Skradol throughout the editing of the chapters.
Impact Dr.Scheibner was an active participant of the two international conferences that took place at Sheffield within the framework of the Project: Literary Pax Sovietica: Late Stalinism and Eastern European Literatures (May 2014, {http://bit.ly/2o2vFml}) and Russian Formalism and Eastern & Central European Literary Theory: A Centenary View (May 2015, {http://bit.ly/2H8MTY6}). He is also a contributor to the collected volumes which resulted from these conferences. In so far as these are collaborative efforts that include the cooperation of multiple participants and authors, these enterprises are multi-disciplinary in their essence, bringing together scholars of literature, history, politics, languages and the arts.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Formalism Conference, May 2015 
Organisation Eotvos Lorand University
Country Hungary 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have been collaborating with Dr.Tamás Scheibner from Eötvös Loránd University since the beginning of the project. In May 2015, we co-organised a major international conference on Russian Formalism and Eastern European literatures in Sheffield.
Collaborator Contribution Dr.Tamás Scheibner and other colleagues at the Budapest university not only helped us co-organise the above mentioned conference in Sheffield, but also facilitated contacts with other research institutions and funding bodies in Central and Eastern Europe, which enabled us to secure further funding and establish firm professional contacts with researchers in these countries. Dr.Tamás Scheibner, Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Skradol are now starting to work on a co-edited volume based on selected talks from the conference.
Impact Conference cooperation; successful applications for funding, such as, e.g., from the Visegrad Fund; ties with individuals and institutions in Eastern and Central Europe.
Start Year 2013
 
Description House of Illustration, London, September 2016 
Organisation House of Illustration
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team contacted the House of Illustration in London, a unique exhibition and learning centre dedicated to the study of illustrations across genres and periods, with the suggestion to organise an event about the illustrations in Soviet children's books from before the war, that were later translated into East European languages and published in the Soviet satellites.
Collaborator Contribution The House of Illustration provided the venue, the equipment, included the event into their lecture series and organised the publicity online and in London media. We are marking the collaboration as 'still active' since the House of Illustration has expressed interest in hosting another talk based on our research.
Impact It was the first collaboration ever between the University of Sheffield and the House of Illustration.
Start Year 2016
 
Description IMLI 
Organisation Russian Academy of Sciences
Department Institute of World Literature
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We approached the Institute of World Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow with the request to co-operate in application for the funding to complete catalogization of archival resources linked to the Soviet collaboration with literary organizations of the former Eastern Bloc. Archival Department of IMLI has an extensive and invaluable collection of archival materials of Soviet literary institutions.
Collaborator Contribution We applied for the funding of Russian Ministry of Education (pending).
Impact With the application submitted we are still waiting for the results.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague; Cooperation on the Conf. on Formalism in Sheffield, May 2015 
Organisation Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We approached colleagues at the Institute of Czech literature in Prague with the request to support our application for the organisation of an international conference in Sheffield in May 2015; in addition, we offered to exchange research results in areas relevant to the project.
Collaborator Contribution The colleagues in Prague supported our application for funding from the Visegrad Fund and provided scholarly and practical advice on matters related to the organisation of the conference.
Impact Successful application for funding from the Visegrad Fund; organisational and practical support for the conference; advice on project-related matters
Start Year 2014
 
Description Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Conf. on Formalism, Sheffield, May 2015 
Organisation Polish Academy of Sciences
Department Institute of Literary Research
Country Poland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We approached colleagues at the Institute of Literary Research, the Polish Academy of Sciences, with the request to support our application for the organisation of an international conference in Sheffield in May 2015; in addition, we offered to exchange research results in areas relevant to the project.
Collaborator Contribution The colleagues in Warsaw supported our application for funding from the Visegrad Fund and provided scholarly and practical advice on matters related to the organisation of the conference.
Impact Successful application for funding from the Visegrad Fund; organisational and practical support for the conference; advice on project-related matters
Start Year 2014
 
Description Institute of World Literature at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Conf. on Formalism, May 2015 
Organisation Slovak Academy of Sciences
Department Institute of World Literature
Country Slovakia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We approached the Institute of World Literature in Bratislava with the request to support our application for conference funding from the Visegrad Fund. We maintained the contact with the colleagues at the Institute throughout the preparation of the conference on Russian Formalism and Eastern and Central European Literatures (Sheffield, May 2015).
Collaborator Contribution The colleagues at the Institute in Bratislava fully supported our application for funding and sent their representative, Dr.Robert Gáfrik, to the conference.
Impact Funding from the Visegrad Fund received; scholarly ties established.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Polish Cultural Institute, London 
Organisation Polish Cultural Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team contacted the Polish Cultural Institute with the request for help in locating the appropriate person(s) who would be able to engage the public in Sheffield and the surrounding area in post-war and modern Polish literature and culture. Dr.Skradol made a personal visit to the Institute's quarters in London to discuss specific details of the proposed activities and the help required.
Collaborator Contribution Colleagues at the Polish Cultural Institute helped to establish contact with Antonia Lloyd-Jones, a London-based translator from Polish (see the section on Engagement), as well as with the poet Maria Jastrzebska, who will be coming to Sheffield for a public event on 16 February 2017.
Impact Members of the general public in Sheffield and the surrounding area who attended the event in question expressed a vivid interest in an organisation of further events of this kind.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Sheffield Central Library 
Organisation Sheffield Central Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution On 14 April 2016 Dr.Jonsson-Skradol gave a talk in the Central Library of Sheffield entitled "The Bestiary of Post-War Soviet Caricature.""
Collaborator Contribution Our colleagues at the City Library in Sheffield provided the venue and the advertising for the event, which assured full attendance and a very interested audience. The Library organised the publicity for the event via its newsletters and other channels. The event took place in the central library building, in the room habitually used for public events at the venue.
Impact The talk received positive feedback from both the audience and the organisers and more events were planned following its positive reception.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Wioletta Greg and Anna Blasiak, 09.03.2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Off The Shelf Special, Sheffield. An evening with the Polish-born poet Wioletta Greg (Grzegorzewska) and her translator Anna Blasiak, in cooperation with the Off the Shelf Festival of Words. The event was filmed for the YouTube channel of the University of Sheffield (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHNaq46Jlo). The public expressed an avid interest in inviting more Polish-born artists to the city, so that later we invited the translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones, and then - Anna Blasiak and Maria Jastrzebska to speak to the lovers of literature in Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHNaq46Jlo
 
Description A literary evening with Antonia Lloyd-Jones, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Skradol cooperated with Off the Shelf Festival of Words, the annual literary festival in Sheffield, and the Polish Cultural Institute, London, on the organisation of an evening with Antonia Lloyd-Jones, an award-winning translator of Polish literature into English. The event took place on 18 October 2016 in the Quaker Meeting House in Sheffield and was well attended. Members of the audience engaged Antonia into lengthy informal discussions on post-war Polish literature and its translations into English, actively bought some of the translated volumes available for purchase at the venue. In addition, Antonia and Dr Joanna Kowalska, an instructor in Polish at the University of Sheffield, who moderated the event, agreed on cooperating in organising teaching and learning activities for students of Polish at the University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.646758!/file/offtheshelf2016programme.pdf
 
Description Delmenhorst (Germany). EURIAS Annual Conference. AHRC funded project poster presentation. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact All EURIAS fellows were presented at this conference. I presented AHRC funded project and to receive the crucially important feedback. The project provoked an interest among participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Diplomatic Academy Vienna. Ambassador Milton A. Wolf Media and Diplomacy Seminar "The Marshall Plan and the Yearning for Transformative Visions." Presentation at the round-table. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Annual Ambassador Milton A. Wolf Media and Diplomacy Seminar at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna is highly prestigious and widely attended event. The topic "The Marshall Plan and the Yearning for Transformative Visions" was directly linked to the subject of the project. I was able to present my work in progress and to receive the crucially important feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Dr Skradol's appearance on Sheffield TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A vivid interest from the general public as the interview was aired on Sheffield Live community TV - an increase in the number of visitors to the exhibition in the Sheffield City Library testifies to that.

As the comments we have been getting from visitors to the exhibition in the Sheffield City Library indicate, many of the visitors came as a result of watching the TV interview with Dr Skradol and expressed the wish to know more on the subject covered by the exhibition. Those who have indicated their contact details will be contacted for Dr Skradol's talk in the library which will take place some time during the current academic year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://vimeo.com/142505629
 
Description Dr Skradol's presentation at the World Week 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact On 25 November 2015, Dr Natalia Skradol gave a talk as part of the World Week 2015 at the University of Sheffield. The purpose of World Week is to familiarise students from across the university, colleagues from other departments as well as the general public with the importance and relevance of research being conducted by researchers across the campus. The challenge is to present one's research in 15 minutes, in an engaging and accessible manner, to ensure that it proves interesting not only to experts in the field and academic colleagues, but also to the general audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/1669112570013548/
 
Description Dr Skradol's talk at the ASEEES 2014 convention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Natalia Skradol was the organiser and a participant of the round table on Cultural Contacts Behind the Wall: Cultural Exchange and Statehood in the Eastern Bloc at the ASEEES Convention in November 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://aseees.org/sites/default/files/downloads/prelim-program%202014saturday.pdf
 
Description Dr Skradol's talk at the ASEEES 2016 Convention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Natalia Skradol presented her talk "'By Means of Their Profession': GDR Writers between January 1956 and October 1957" at the panel _1956 and Eastern European Literatures: Theories, Practices, People_ at the ASEEES Convention in November 2016 in Washington, DC. The panel was organised by Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Skradol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.aseees.org/sites/default/files/downloads/final%20preliminary%20program%20as%20of%20June%2...
 
Description Dr Skradol's talk in Bochum, Germany, January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "'Lager oder Salon': Freundschaftsgesellschaften und die literarische Öffentlichkeit in der SBZ und in der frühen DDR." Gescheiterte Reform: Geschichten aus dem realen Sozialismus Ruhr Universität, Bochum, Germany [presentation in German at a 2-day international conference "Stories from Real Socialism", January 2016]. The organisers sent a follow-up letter to Dr Skradol, inviting her to contribute to future events organised at the Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/deutschlandforschung/PDF_Dateien/Folder_DEFA_Workshop_2016.pdf
 
Description Dr.Skradol's participation in a seminar on socialist biopolitical utopias, Bochum, May 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr.Skradol was invited to participate in a study seminar on socialist biopolitical utopias, where she talked about The New Man and the New Literature in Soviet Russia and Beyond. The event was organised by the Slavistisches Seminar at the Ruhr Universität, Bochum, Germany, on 27-28 May 2016 (companion seminar to a course taught at the Slavistisches Seminar).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dr.Skradol's presentation at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (Boston, November 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Around 50 people attended the talks on the panel organised by Prof.Evgeny Dobrenko and Dr.Natalia Skradol on the topic: _Socialist Realism in East European Literatures: Imposed or Organic?_ The talk on _The Birth of Socialist Realism in the West: A Critical Overview_ was given by Dr.Skradol.

The conference at Sheffield University in May 2014 (_Literary Pax Sovietica_) was co-organised with Dr.Tamas Scheibner of the University of Budapest, one of the participants of the panel in Boston.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dr.Skradol's talk at Ideas Live in October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 18 October 2016 Dr.Skradol presented a talk "A Matter Of Definition: The Birth Of Socialist Realism in the West." The talk was given as part of _Ideas Live_, a series of events accompanying Off the Shelf Festival of Words in Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.646758!/file/offtheshelf2016programme.pdf
 
Description Dr.Skradol's talk at the Central Sheffield Library, April 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 12 April 2014, Dr.Skradol gave a talk on "The Bestiary of Post-War Soviet Caricature" in the Central Library of Sheffield. The talk was co-organised with the administration of the library and well attended by members of the general audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sheffield50plus.org.uk/whats-on-inner.php?event=176
 
Description Dr.Skradol's talk at the House of Illustration, London, September 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 9 September 2016, Dr.Skradol gave a talk on politically inspired illustrations of Soviet children's books, many of which were translated into European languages and published in the Soviet satellites after the war. The Q&A following the talk was informative and inspiring for both the speaker and the audience, and the organisers invited Dr.Skradol to give another talk at the venue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/LanguagesSheffield/posts/996421010456899
 
Description Dr.Skradol's talk at the University of Bochum (Germany), January 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A fascinating discussion with both academics and members of the broader public following Natalia Skradol's talk (as the talk took place in German, in the university library, which is freely accessible to members of the public). At least one person later contacted her by e-mail asking for further information on the subject presented. The organisers have written a formal letter of thanks.

We have established contact with colleagues at the Lotman Seminar at the University of Bochum. There is a possibility that a new project will develop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ub.rub.de/DigiBib/Aktuelles/rethinkingrussia.html
 
Description Dr.Skradol's talk in Moscow, April 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr.Skradol's presentation "(Private) Functions and geschlossene Gesellschaft: Professionals, Amateurs and Power." Bathroom Readings (Bannye Chteniia) - NLO, Moscow, Russia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://eng.nlobooks.ru/node/385
 
Description Exhibition during conference, May 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 15-16 May 2015, we organised an exhibition that was held in the Exhibition Space of the University (Jessop West Building). The exhibition "Leaving the Continent, Living the Island: Iva Pekárková in Context" was a companion piece for the general public to the international conference "Russian Formalism and Eastern & Central European Literary Theory: A Centenary View" and was aimed at the general public. The conference participants also attended it, and thus, the audience of the event was international, not just local or regional.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Exhibition in Sheffield City Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Expressions of interest as registered in the visitors' book. Contact from the local television with a request for a short news piece on the exhibition and an interview (given by Natalia Skradol on 7 October 2015). A reqest from the Sheffield Central Library for a public talk by Natalia Skradol on post-war Eastern and Central European culture (details to be confirmed).

See the above section for expressions of interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/a-book-prison-and-its-inmates
 
Description Guest lecture at the Ca'Foscari University of Venice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture followed by discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guest lecture at the Documentation Centre for Central and Eastern European Literature (Vienna) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Guest lecture followed by discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2017
 
Description Guest lecture at the European University Institute (Florence) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 25 research fellows and faculty members attended. Lecture followed by questions and discussion, and Prof. Dobrenko was invited to take part in a conference on related topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guest lecture at the Hokkaido University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Guest lecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture at the Kyoto University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture attended by postgraduate students from East-Asian region specialising on Eastern Europe and Russia,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture for the UG and PG students specialising in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture at the University of Bologna 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited guest lecture at the University of Bologna followed by discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guest lecture at the University of Padua 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture followed by discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guest lecture at the University of Tokyo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture attended by the students who study Russian and East European languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture at the University of Udine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture followed by disucssion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IN PLANNING: A presentation on "Knowledge and Other Knowledge: Classification of Cultural Expertise in the West and the East" at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We are planning the seminar for Semester 1 (autumn 2019). My intention in organising this activity is to alert colleagues and the general public to the possibility of combining academic research on historically and cultural relevant matters with non-academic activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description International Conference _Literary Pax Sovietica: Late Stalinism and East European Literatures_ (May 2014, Sheffield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A follow-up international conference following the event from the previous year. A collected volume of essays is now in preparation.

Plans have been made for a conference on Russian Formalism at Sheffield; some of the scholars who participated in the two conferences have expressed their interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.shef.ac.uk/slc/latestnews/stalinism-1.349580
 
Description International conference _Socialist Realism in Eastern and Central European Literatures: Origins, Institutions, Discourses_ (March 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A collected volume of essays is in preparation. Prof.Dobrenko was invited to give talks at institutes and universities in Bulgaria and Lithuania.

Contact was established with Prof.Plamen Doinov of the New Bulgarian University in Sofia; an exhibition of rare archival documents from Bulgarian archives is in preparation as a joint project between the Sheffield research team and Prof.Doinov.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/8704
 
Description Interview for the leading Bulgarian cultural magazine Kultura 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in the discussion in the leading cultural Bulgarian journal Kultura and long interview which was published in September issue 2018 (p. 20-24)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited academic talks at seminars, research groups and guest professor in various academic institutions, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Direct contacts with colleagues and students at the following institutions:
Humboldt University (Berlin)
Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow)
Tomsk State University
Moscow State University


Direct contacts with colleagues and students in the above institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited guest lecture at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk for academic staff, students and members of the general public at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Maria Jastrzebska and Anna Blasiak, 16.02.2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In cooperation with Sheffield Central Library and with the support of the Sheffield Town Trust (and the Polish Cultural Institute) we organised an evening with the poet Maria Jastrzebska and the translator Anna Blasiak in the Central Library in Sheffield. The event was very well attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.polishculture.org.uk/literature/events/news/article/between-worlds-7017.html
 
Description Off The Shelf Literary Festival - Sheffield, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Some 40 people attended Iva Pekarkova's talk where she read from her novels and short stories written when she was living as a Czech ex-pat writer in New York and then London. The stories mostly addressed issues of intercultural (mis)understanding, cultural differences and similarities. As these are questions that interest most of the reading public, the discussion after the event went well beyond the scheduled time.

A full professional video of the event will be made available via the University website. Iva Pekarkova and the moderator of the event, Mr Ludek Knittl of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield, have agreed to cooperate on educational activities for students, translation projects, teaching Czech-English-Czech translation seminars and engaging students in practical sessions.
In addition, the research team is now co-organising with the Off the Shelf team the v
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Participation in a radio program, Russia, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko was invited to participate in a discussion on one of the most popular cultural programs on the Russian radio, _Facing the Event_.

Responses in social media after the publication of the event online, letters from the broad audience to the radio station, direct communication from listeners to the program.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.svoboda.org/content/transcript/26627275.html
 
Description Poster presentation at an event for the public in Sheffield, May 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 21 May 2016, a poster with a general presentation of our research was presented as part of Explore, Discover, Experience: An Arts & Humanities Showcase - an event for the general public organised by the University of Sheffield in cooperation with Museums Sheffield at the Millennium Galleries in the city. Dr.Skradol was on site for the duration of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/festivalah/2016/faculty-showcase
 
Description Presentation by Dr.Skradol at the conference _Literary Pax Sovietica: Late Stalinism and East European Literatures_ (Sheffield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr.Skradol's talk is in process of being prepared for publication in an edited volume.

The presentation was part of the research and dissemination activities supported by the AHRC grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Prof Dobrenko at 2014 ASEEES convention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Dobrenko chaired the panel "Cultural Contacts Behind the Wall: Cultural Exchange and Statehood in the Eastern Bloc" at the ASEEES convention in November 2014 in San-Antonio, Texas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://aseees.org/sites/default/files/downloads/prelim-program%202014saturday.pdf
 
Description Prof Dobrenko on Radio Liberty (Russia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 26 January 2016 Prof Dobrenko was interviewed for Liberty Radio (Russia) on the occasion of the anniversary of the XXth Congress, which marked the beginning of de-Stalinisation in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof. Dobrenko on BBC World (TV programme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 22 February Prof Dobrenko was interviewed for BBC World.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko - guest professor at the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China (June-July 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko taught a course on the history of Russian and Soviet literary criticism with a particular emphasis on Socialist Realism and its influence on the post-war Sovietisation of Eastern Europe. Prof.Dobrenko introduced some of the results of the research conducted in the framework of the AHRC project, suggesting the need for following hitherto unexplored trajectories in a study of the migration of theoretical and practical concepts and methods even within the supposedly unified and strictly monitored cultural space of Eastern Europe under the Soviet influence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko - invited speaker at Princeton University, USA, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk for academic staff, students and members of the general public at Princeton University, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko was invited to give talks at seminars, research groups and guest professor in various academic institutions - 2013, 2nd half 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Increased interest on the side of post-graduate students in East European and Slavonic Studies conducted in the UK; introduction of graduate students and colleagues to the recent research on the hitherto unexplored field of a comparative study of post-war cultural situation in Eastern Europe.

Direct contacts with colleagues and students at the following institutions:
University of Edinburgh
Ghent University
Uppsala University
Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore
Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, University of Vilnius
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko's presentation at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (Boston, November 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nearly 100 researchers and graduate students attended a panel at which Prof.Dobrenko gave the presentation.

The presentation was part of a panel on Power, Culture and Their Intermediaries. The discussion of the topics presented went well beyond the time limit of the panel. Prof.Katerina Clark from Yale University then attended the conference in Sheffield organised by the Research Team in May 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://web.mit.edu/slava/homepage/images/2013ASEEES.pdf
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko's talk at the 2016 ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko gave the talk ""1956 and the End of the Eastern European Socialist Realist Project"" at the panel _1956 and Eastern European Literatures: Theories, Practices, People_ at the 2016 ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC. The panel was organised by Prof.Dobrenko and Dr.Skradol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.aseees.org/sites/default/files/downloads/final%20preliminary%20program%20as%20of%20June%2...
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko, Invited Speaker at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko was invited to give a talk for students, academic stuff and the general public at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko, Invited Speaker at the Hangzhou Zhejiang University, China, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko was invited to give a talk for students, academic stuff and the general public at Hangzhou Zhejiang University, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko, Invited Speaker, 2016, New York University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko was an invited speaker for the students, academic staff and general public at New York University, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko, invited Speaker, Shanghai University, China, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko was invited to give a talk for students, academic stuff and the general public at Shanghai University, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko, invited speaker at the Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof.Dobrenko was invited to give a talk for the academic staff, students and the general public at the Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof.Dobrenko, invited speaker, 2016, Moscow State University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talks for academics, students and members of the general public at Moscow State University, Russia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public talk, TV appearance, press coverage; Sofia, November 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact In November 2013 Prof.Dobrenko visited Sofia (Bulgaria), where he was invited to give a talk at the New Bulgarian University, an extended report on which appeared in the Bulgarian national newspaper _Literary Review_I was then invited for an interview for the cultural program _Panorama_ on the Bulgarian National Television.

An extended non-academic audience attended the open talk at the New Bulgarian University. The media coverage of the event, and the subsequent appearance on prime-time TV, generated response from the Bulgarian audience and an increased interest in East European research activities conducted at UK universities in general and at the University of Sheffield in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPZFWqSXM7w
 
Description Public talks, press interviews; November-December 2013, Vilnius 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In November-December 2013 Prof.Dobrenko visited Vilnius (Lithuania) on the invitation of the Institute of Literature and Folklore and the University of Vilnius. Prof.Dobrenko gave two public talks at these institutions, following which I was invited to give interviews to the national Lithuanian publications _Lietuvos Rytas_, _Siaures Atenai_ and _Colloquia_.

Long-term direct contacts have been established with colleagues at both the Institute of Literature and Folklore and at the University of Vilnius.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-y34iNChqk
 
Description Russian Formalism Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 2-day international conference not only brought together scholars from Eastern and Central Europe, the USA and the UK who have been working on similar subjects, but many of whom have never had an opportunity to engage in a direct exchange of opinions, but it was also attended by a number of colleagues from outside the field of Slavic and Eastern European studies. This was the first conference of its kind in that it proposed looking at the impact of Russian Formalism on XXth century European intellectual history in general.

As the quality of the presentations was for the most part very good, and as many of the participants expressed an interest in having their contributions published in a collected volume, we have now started working on the preparation of the materials for publication (the volume will be edited by Evgeny Dobrenko, Natalia Skradol and Tamas Scheibner). This was not initially planned to be an output of the project, and it comes in addition to the other activities we have been engaged in.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://formalismconference.blogspot.co.uk/
 
Description Screening of a film with Dr.Skradol's introduction in London, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 7 October 2016, Dr.Skradol organised the screening of _The Russian Question_ (1948), the first Cold War film. The event took place in one of the central Waterstone's branches in London, on Tottenham Court Rd, and was accompanied by an introduction and follow-up remarks from Dr.Skradol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.list.co.uk/event/655652-the-russian-question-a-film-night-with-the-university-of-sheffie...
 
Description Waseda University (Tokyo). 69th Annual Convention of the Japan Association for the Study of Russian Language and Literature (JASRLL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote "Socialist Realism after Socialism"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Website for the project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We set up a website for the project, listing information about our research that would be of interest to both professionals and the general public: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/slc/research/clusters/paxsovietica We continue to direct both colleagues and interested interlocutors to the website and we intend to update it as we bring out further publications related to our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/slc/research/clusters/paxsovietica