Research Group The Future of Russian

F2 Linguistic and Literary Play

Second FoR conference, Berlin, Freie Universität, 6–9 January 2010

Preliminary Programme

Thursday, 7 January

09:00-09:15 Welcome

09:15-10:15 Keynote 1: Jannis Androutsopoulos (Hamburg): Practices and ideologies of computer-mediated digraphia: lessons learnt from ‘Greeklish’

10:15-10:45 Martin Paulsen (Bergen): Playing with Alphabets: How to Communicate in a Changing Language

10:45-11:15 Break

11:15-11:45 Alexander Berdichevsky (Bergen): Linguistic Lessons from Language Play on the Runet

11:45-12:15 Daniela Hristova (Cambridge): The Russian Internet Language as the Ultimate Language Play

12:15-12:45 Ingunn Lunde (Bergen): Language Play with an Agenda: Norm-Negotiating Linguistic Practices in the Internet

13:00-14.30 Lunch

14:30-15:00 Dirk Uffelmann (Passau): The Chinese Future of Russian

15:00-15:30 Ellen Rutten (Bergen): Fresh Technology, Toy Talk? Linguistic Metadiscourse on Writers’ Blogs and Tweets

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-16:30 Tine Roesen (Århus): Авторское слово? Blogging Writer-Columnists on snob.ru — A New Authorial Position and its Consequences

20:00 Dinner


Friday 8 January

09:00-10:00 Keynote 2: Espen Aarseth (Copenhagen): What is Play, Anyway? Toying with the Notions of Gaming and Playing

10:00-10:30 Henrike Schmidt (Berlin): Play and/as Carnival: RuNet in the Light of Bakhtin’s Conception of Counterculture

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Alexei Yurchak (Berkeley): American Stiob: Or, what late socialist aesthetics of parody teach us about contemporary political culture in the West

11:30-12:30 Lara Ryzanova-Clarke (Edinburgh): The Satirical Primitives of Rulitiki

12:30-13:00 Vera Zvereva (Moscow): 100 фактов о себе: игра в автобиографию

13:00-14.30 Lunch

14:30-15:00 Evgenij Gornyj (New York): Сквернословие в блогах как игра и экзистенциальный акт

15:00-15:30 Nina Mechkovskaia (Minsk): Смеховые пророчества   в интернет-компьютерной  коммуникации: языковое и литературное своеобразие

15:30-16:00 Gasan Gusejnov (Moscow): A Short Presentation of LiveJournal educational Experiences (Skype/Podcast)

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15-17:00 Brain storming session “The Future of Future”

20:00 Dinner


Practical informationTravel Info

Conference Venue

Clubhaus der Freien Universität

Goethestr. 49

14163 Berlin


Hotel Haus Leopold

Fischerhüttenstr. 113

14163 Berlin

030 818194-10


How to get from Airport „Flughafen Tegel“ to Hotel and Conference Venue

Airport Tegel: Take Bus X9 in direction to “Zoologischer Garten”

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Jakob-Kaiser-Platz” and take the U7 in direction “Rudow””

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Fehrbelliner Platz” and take the U3 in direction Krumme Lanke”

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Krumme Lanke” and walk approx. 5 minutes to the Hotel


How to get from Airport „Flughafen Schönefeld“ to Hotel and Conference Venue

Airport „Flughafen Schönefeld“: Take Bus X7 in direction „Rudow“

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Rudow” and take the U7 in direction “Rathaus Spandau”

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Fehrbelliner Platz” and take the U3 in direction “Krumme Lanke”

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Krumme Lanke” and walk approx. 5 minutes to the Hotel



Airport Tegel – Hotel Leopold approx. 30 €

Airport Schönefeld – Hotel Leopold approx. 45-50 €


How to get from the Central Station „Hauptbahnhof” to Hotel and Conference Venue

From Hauptbahnhof take the S75 in direction “Spandau-Bhf”

Get off at “S+U Zoologischer Garten“ and take the U9 in direction “Rathaus Steglitz”

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Spichernstraße“ and take the U3 in direction “Krumme Lanke”

Get off at U-Bahnhof “Krumme Lanke” and walk approx. 5 minutes to the Hotel


Tickets for Public Transport

Ticket vending machines are available at any station of the S-Bahn (“Elektrichka“) or U-Bahn (“Metro”). A One-Way-Ticket Zone AB (Tegel – Hotel; Hotel – City) costs 2,10 €, a ticket for the whole day (“Tagesticket”) amounts to 6,10 €. From Airport Schönefeld you need to by a ticket for Zone ABC (2,80 €). Please take care to validate your ticket before entering the metro and underground vehicles! Berlin ticket inspectors are pitiless and even fine foreign tourists (40€).



Call for Papers

The Future of Russian II: Linguistic and Literary Play in the Era of New Technology

It is time to invite the project group to our next meeting in Berlin, Germany, 6-9 January 2010, hosted by Henrike Schmidt in cooperation with Ingunn Lunde. The conference proper will take place 7-8 January, with Wednesday, 6 January and Saturday, 9 January as days of arrival/departure. The conference venue is the Academic Clubhouse of the Free University, a nice and cosy villa, located in the beautiful surroundings of Berlin-Zehlendorf. Rooms are booked in the Hotel Haus Leopold, just across the street.

The title of the second FoR conference is "The Future of Russian 2: Linguistic and Literary Play in the Era of New Technology". The Landsliders among you will remember our 2007 Edinburgh meeting on "The Creative Landslide of the Norm". In continuation of this, at the second Future of Russian conference we would like to focus on the playful and creative aspects of Russian language culture on the internet (or broader, in the era of new technology).

Here are a few key issues and questions:

- Linguistic play/linguistic creativity on the Runet

- Playful negotiation (of linguistic, literary, social norms) in Russian online culture

- Playful responses to new technology

- How does 'play' as a pivotal category of postmodern culture relate to notions of play in digital media?

- In (Russian) online culture, do traditional semantic oppositions such as play <> seriousness, or playfulness <> sincerity hold true? Or does the analysis of digital narratives require for a different, non-oppositional reading of those terms?

- What are the social and political functions of play within Russian online writing (i.e., in padonki slang)? And can play be political in the first place?

- Literary games, e.g. in the Livejournal

- Collective creation of imaginary textual worlds on the Internet: MUDs, fanfiction, co-writing of novels and scenarios, etc.

- Computer games and their influence on the linguistic and literary discourse / imagination / narrative

- Communicative practices in flesh-mobs

- Invention and representation of virtual identities: game, mystification, alternative lifes

- Jokes, storytelling, anecdotes in the new media


1 October 2009: conference registration with a tentative title/topic (send to schmidth@zedat.fu-berlin.de and ingunn.lunde@if.uib.no)
1 December 2009: paper title and abstract (300-500 words, send to schmidth@zedat.fu-berlin.de and ingunn.lunde@if.uib.no)

Conference languages: Russian and English

As usual, the project will cover your travel expenses, accomodation and meals in Berlin. If any of you would like to prolong your stay in Berlin by an extra day or two (at your own cost), we can assist you in questions of hotel bookings and the like. Let us know when you register for the conference by 1 October.

Meanwhile, do not hesitate in contacting us should you have any further questions at this point.

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin in January 2010!

Best wishes,

Henrike & Ingunn