Research Group The Future of Russian

F4 Final Conference

The fourth and final Future of Russian conference — a workshop, with invited guests, on the capstone scholarly contribution of our four-year project, a collective monograph.

How does new technology shape and transform the ways we communicate, interact, and create? How do new media influence linguistic and literary cultures? Compared to global trends in the new media, what are the specific features of linguistic and literary cultures in the RuNet? Within the Future of Russian project, we have explored these and related questions from different angles and disciplines, one of the main concerns being to integrate RuNet research into international CMC studies, and vice versa. In the proposed book, we will sum up our core findings and present a collective, cutting-edge contribution to RuNet scholarship.


External commentators and keynote speakers

Stephen Hutchings, Manchester

Ilya Kukulin, Moscow

Sali Tagliamonte, Toronto

Alexei Yurchak, Berkeley



Thursday 7 June

15–16:30: Check-in and registration

16:30: Opening/Welcome [from 16:00: light meal at the conference room]

17–17:45: Keynote 1: Stephen Hutchings: “Russian Literature and New Technology: Snapshots of the Past” (Chair: Ellen)

17:45–18:00: Break

18:00–18:30: Book presentation: Setevye razgovory by Vera Zvereva

20:00: Dinner


Friday 8 June

09:00–10:00: Schmidt/Konradova — Hutchings; Gorham — Yurchak (Chair: Martin)

10:00–10:15: coffee break

10:15–11:00: Keynote 2: Sali Tagliamonte: "Vanguard: Youth Language in the New Media" (Chair: Ingunn)

11:00–11:15: break

11:15–12:15: Strukov — Hutchings; Mjør — Kukulin (Chair: Ellen)

12:30–15:00: Lunch break

15:00–16:00: Lunde — Tagliamonte; Zvereva/Berdicevskis — Kukulin (Chair: Tine)

16:00–16:15: coffee break

16:15–16:45: Paulsen — Tagliamonte (Chair: Vera)

16:45–17:00: break

17:00–17:45 Keynote 3: Alexei Yurchak: "Pussy Riot and the Politics of 'Blasphemy"': New technologies and old technologies in political communication" (Chair: Michael)

20:00: Dinner


Saturday 9 June

09:00–10:00: Zvereva/Paulsen — Yurchak; Leibov — Hutchings (Chair: Henrike)

10:00–10:15: coffee break

10:15–11:00: Keynote 4: Ilya Kukulin: Интернет, социальные сети и изменение представлений об авторстве в русской литературе (in Russian; Chair: Dirk)

11:00–11:15: break

11:15–12:45: Schmidt — Kukulin; Roesen/Zvereva — Tagliamonte; Rutten — Yurchak (Chair: Sasha)

13:00–15:00: Lunch break

15:00–16:00: Uffelmann — Hutchings; Berdicevskis — Tagliamonte (Chair: Ingunn)

16:00–16:15: coffee break

16:15–17:00: Summing up/discussion/perspectives

20:00: Dinner


Sunday 10 June

Departure (excursion) 10:15

We plan to go by bus into the city centre, take the funicular to Fløien (320 m) and walk from there. Our main goal is Blåmanen (554 m.), but there is also the possibility of establishing a base camp at Brushytten (1,8 km from the funicular) underway. We take a packed lunch with us from Solstrand. Children & families are very welcome to join! 

There will be a plan B in case of bad weather conditions.



Practical information

Check-in and registration is on Thursday 7 June from 3 pm and we start with a late afternoon session at 4:30 pm. Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June are full conference days. For Sunday 10 June we plan to celebrate the conclusion of the Future project with a half-day "walkshop" in the surrounding Bergen mountains (with an alternative plan B in the case of awful weather conditions). Depending on your destination, departure is possible on Sunday evening, or Monday 11 (recommended). The project covers the last overnight stay (10-11) in a central Bergen hotel for those who wish to take part in the Sunday excursion and depart on Monday 11 June.



Chapter draft: 1 April 2012


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