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26 August 2014

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SRF News

Chai N Chat returns on 4 Sept
Our informal Russian / English conversation group will be meeting at 11am in Summerhall Cafe on 4 September.  Everyone (esp Russian speakers) very welcome - they are a friendly group who get together at 11 on the first Thursday of the month.  Contact us if you'd like more information.

Membership of the Scotland-Russia Forum
Our membership year runs from 1 September.  We rely on members for ideas, for running the organisation (we are all volunteers) and - not least - for financing our modest office and admin costs. 
Existing members have received an invitation to renew this week.  Many thanks to those who have already done so, or who renew automatically every year by Standing Order.  I have to apologise for sending out the wrong Gift Aid form this year (it contained an out of date postal address).  Links to correct forms below.
We have also written to all non-members who receive these bulletins inviting them to consider membership – and are delighted to have made some new recruits already. New members can contact us directly or sign up here.
Forms: membership; standing order; gift aid
Lermontov 200
This is the 200th anniversary of Lermontov’s birth and we have already advertised the recent Carcanet publication “After Lermontov”, with Scots and English translations alongside the Russian originals, as well as Frances Robson’s Scots translation of “Demon”.  More events are on the way:
27 Sept-2 Oct: exhibition of torn paper images of Lermontov and his works by Russian artist Ludmila Grigoryeva-Semyatitskaya at the Scottish Parliament.  Although the exhibition will only be open to MSPs and others working at the Parliament it will be on view at a reception on 2 Oct, to which all members and some others have been invited.  Members still interested should let us know very soon. We will try to squeeze you in!  Thanks to our co-organisers Moffat Book Events, the Russian Library of Foreign Literature (VGBIL), and the Scottish Parliament as well as to CRCEES and the Russian Consulate for additional sponsorship.
3-5 Oct:  The Lermontov 200 Conference in Moffat (organised by Moffat Book Events and VGBIL).  Another chance to see the exhibition and to hear readings from the translations mentioned above – as well as a rich programme of talks by Russian and UK specialists on both Lermontov’s Scottish genealogy and his work.  More information and programme link on  Recommended!

Russian in schools
The good news – entries for Higher Russian have continued to climb and reached 52 this year.  In 2010 the SQA decided not to include the language in its “national courses” from 2015 – on the basis of entries for the previous decade which had averaged 14 a year.  From 2010 numbers have climbed on an annual basis.  The Herald published an article about this (Herald 18.8.14) which excited a lot of comment in the social media.  We mentioned it on the SRF Facebook page and the item was read by over 900 people – a record!
More good news – the most popular topic for A Level Russian last year was Russian history. The Times
Bad news – the SQA still plans to scrap Russian next year  (apart from “Languages for Life and Work” more info on that on our Facebook page).
Can you help?  If anyone would like to take our “Russian taster” into local schools this term please get in touch.  I am also looking for people to help with our new childrens website.

What's On

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland
4 September: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
September: Mikhail Lermontov on his imagined journey through the Scotland of his Scottish ancestor. Edinburgh
29 September - 2 October: Thinking about Lermontov. Exhibition, Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh
2 October: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
3-5 October: The Lermontov 200 Conference. Moffat
17 October: Scotland and Russia: Performance Since 1900.  Conference and Concert, Edinburgh
21-25 October: The Three Sisters by John Byrne. Edinburgh. Theatre
6 November: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
26 November - 6 December: Arctic Convoys of World War Two. Exhibition. Castle Douglas
3-6 December:  Slava's Snowshow. Edinburgh
4 December: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
12-13 December: Giving Voice to Cultures: Practices of Russia-Britain Cross-Cultural Communication in the 21st Century. Edinburgh

Events outside Scotland
various dates: SCRSS programme 2014. London
16 July – 26 October:  Malevich exhibition. Tate Modern, London
13-20 Sept: XIII MAPRYAL Congress. "Русский язык и литература в пространстве мировой культуры", Grenada, Spain. Details.
18 September-18 January 2015: Jack of Diamonds – Special display of Russian avant-garde art at The Courtauld Gallery. London
27 September: Sambo President's Cup. London
November:  Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. Science Museum, London
12-15 November: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), Dmitry Krymov Lab. Barbican, London UK-Russia Year of Culture
18 Nov - 8 Feb 2015: A Russian Fairy Tale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova. Guildford
21-29 November: Russian Art Week. London UK-Russia Year of Culture 
18-21 February 2015: Eugene Onegin.  Vakhtangov Theatre at the Barbican, London.


Research assistant position
EdmissionUK are seeking a research assistant from Sept – Dec to assist with a Russian-themed musical/theatrical project for July 2015. Would suit final year undergraduate or postgraduate with an interest in/knowledge of Soviet History (particularly 1950’s), Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin. Location not crucial as much work can be done ‘virtually’ but London or Oxford would be an advantage.
For more details please contact Dr Lewis Owens:
Latest update on the DniproKids charity, including the troubles and problems they face. Also news on the Dnipro Appeal Charity Dinner 2014.
Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships
Chatham House, in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, hosts fellows from among the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia.
 These fellowships provide an opportunity for the next generation of leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to advance their knowledge of post-Soviet politics, develop research skills, contribute to Chatham House research and build links with policy and academic communities in the UK, Germany and the EU more broadly.
Two fellowships will run from February to October 2015, and a third will run from September 2015 to May 2016. Over the course of nine months the Academy aims to nurture the skills, knowledge and networks that fellows will need in their continuing career.
There are three elements to the fellowships: a) a personal project; b) integration into Chatham House work; and c) the leadership seminars.  The fellows will receive a basic stipend.
Deadline for applications is Sunday 28 September 2014.
More information.

Trade statistics
Does anyone know how to find statistics of trade between Scotland and Russia?  Any advice welcome.
How can you support the Scotland-Russia Forum?
The SRF works to improve understanding of Russia and her neighbours in Scotland.  We are a voluntary organisation and an educational charity ( SC038728).

If you would like to support us please consider becoming a full member and playing a part in decisions on how best to implement our aims.

We also welcome donations and offers of help with our various activities.

Please find details on our website.
Tel. 0131 560 1486 or email to discuss.
Our mailing address is: The Scotland-Russia Forum, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

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