Research Group The Future of Russian

F1 The Future of Russian

Launching Conference

The "Future of Russian" project's first conference will take place 17-20 June 2009 in Bergen (Solstrand). The title of the conference is almost identical to the general title of the project: "The Future of Russian I: Language Culture in the Era of New Technology". The main thing, at this stage, it to consolidate the network, get an overview of people in the field and of work in progress on the topic and lay the foundations for our joint efforts during the next couple of years. You are welcome to address any of the three subfields within the general project framework (1. Russian on the Internet; 2. The Russian Literary Internet; 3. Linguistic Negotiation in the Internet).


Abstracts can be downloaded on the bottom of this page.

Conference languages and time limits

Russian and English

Slots for presentations are for 40 minutes, with 30 minutes presentation time and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.


The conference proper will take place 18-19 June, while 17 June is day of arrival (we gather for dinner in the evening). There will be an optional excursion on Saturday 20 June (the fjords) with an additional overnight stay in the centre of Bergen 20-21 June, 2009. 21 June is day of departure for those taking part in the excursion.


Thursday, 18 June

09:15-09:30 Welcome

09:30-10:10 Henrike Schmidt (Berlin):  Ludus and Paidia: Russian Literature on the Internet between Game and Play

10:10-10:50 Michael Gorham (Florida): Gramota.ru: Language Monitoring, Folk Linguistics, and the Battle for Norms in the Russian New Media

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-12:00 Vera Zvereva (Moscow): «Йа как всегда сижу скучакаю...»: языки самоописания подростков-блоггеров

12:00-12:40 Alexander Berdichevsky (Moscow/Bergen): Bash.org.ru: A Treasury of New Linguistic and Cultural Phenomena

13:00 Lunch

14:30-15:10 Catharine Nepomnyashchy (New York): “Pushkin Places” on Runet

15:10-15:50 Kåre Johan Mjør (Bergen): Russian Internet Culture and the Russian Literary Canon: On “The Fundamental Electronic Library of Russian Literature and Folklore”

15:50-16:10 Break

16:10-16:50 Dirk Uffelmann (Passau): Pelevin-117.DIR

16:50-17:30 Gasan Gusejnov (Leipzig/Moscow): The Pragmatics of the Collection of Linguistic Evidence Online

19:30 Dinner

Friday 19 June

09:30-10:10 Ellen Rutten (Bergen): “The Right to Swear”: Linguistic Imperfection in Russian Literary Blogs

10:10-10:50 Tine Roesen (Copenhagen): A New Intimacy? Authorial Self-Image and Reader Contact on Russian Writers’ Websites

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-12:00 Sergei Kuznetsov (Moscow): Дискуссии о "советском": русская блогосфера в поисках нового языка

12:00-12:40 Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (Edinburgh): How Far is the West: The Old Meanings in the Age of New Technology

13:00 Lunch

14:30-15:10 Martin Paulsen (Bergen): East Slavonic Languages and the Latin Alphabet in the Era of New Technology

15:10-15:50 Andrey Esaulov (Moscow):The Evolution of Russian Literary Internet and the Tradition of Oral Folk Text

15:50-16:10 Break

16:10-17:30 Brain storming session
short inputs by Ingunn, Ellen, Gasan, Henrike, Sergey

17:30: Epilogue

19:30 Dinner