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9 January 2016
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SRF News

Language Show Live Scotland, SECC Glasgow 11-12 March
We are busy planning a Russian stand at this important event and will try to highlight all forms of Russian language teaching and learning in Scotland.  We'd love to hear from any tutors / learners / translators who would like to be involved and have not yet been contacted by us.
Open to anyone interested in languages - you can register for free tickets now.

Russian books for sale
We sold 400+ books at our Sale in December as we were forced to close our library store.  There are a few left: please see this list and contact us immediately if you are interested.  Prices will be giveaway / zero - we are just hoping to find good homes for them.  Some are slightly flood-damaged but readable.

SRF Plans for 2016:  a To Do list / New Year Resolutions
-  the Language Show.  Lots to plan for our first such venture and I am very grateful for some enthusiastic student support on this.  We are also pursuing funding (unsuccessfully so far)
- a small but interesting events programme: hope to announce some of this soon
- relaunch of our children's website on a new platform: some new content, searchable and other improvements.  When that's done we'll move the main SRF site too.  Thanks to my student helpers!
-  submit our SCIO application to OSCR (apologies for being so form-phobic and not doing that straight after the plan was ratified at our AGM)
back up our computers DAILY not 6 monthly (a post-flood resolution)

What's On

A listing of events from or about Russia and her neighbours.
Please don't forget to check in between these bulletins for changes - the listings are updated all the time.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland3 Nov - 13 Feb 2016: Sharmanka. Merry-Go-World. Inverness and Thurso
14 January: Marina Frolova-Walker "Stalin’s Playlist". Edinburgh
21 January:The Scots in Russia: A Presentation by the Writer & Broadcaster Billy Kay. Edinburgh
27 January: Peter Pomerantsev (author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible) in conversation with Dr Boris Dralyuk. St Andrews
28 January: The construction of national unity through language ideology in contemporary Russia. Edinburgh
2-28 February: Whisper of the Stars - Bryan Alexander.  Exhibition. Inverness
4 February: Чай н Чат.  SRF event. Edinburgh
18 February: Voices of Apocalypse: Russian Military News and the Horizons of Future War. Edinburgh
25 February: Political consumerism in Russia after 2011. Edinburgh
29 February: An evening with the poet Dmitry Vodennikov. Edinburgh
29 February: Dr Vlad Strukov. ‘Russian spectacle of patriotism: What will we see if we turn off the TV?’ . St Andrews
11 April: Dina Iordanova. ‘Breaking Through Walls and Discourses: History for Losers’. St Andrews

Events outside Scotland
Various dates
: Pushkin House events. London
Various dates: Ukrainian events in London
Various dates: GB-Russia Society lectures. London
Various dates: RBCC business networking events. London and Russia
Various dates: London organisations organising lectures in Russian: Arbuzz, Open Russia Club and Pryamaya Rech. London
from 18 September: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. A major exhibition at the Science Museum, London
12-15 JanuaryPower, Politics and Performance in Russia. Sputnik Theatre, London
20 January: Concert by Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze. Cadogan Hall, London
16-17 April: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar. London
11-15 July: Translate in the City: Literary Translation in Practice. London


Russian events in the north
Readers based within reach of Inverness and Thurso are in for a treat (two treats) - Sharmanka will be in Thurso with their colourful and thought-provoking "kinemats" until mid-February and there will be an exhibition of photographs of the Russian North (the real thing) in Inverness throughout February. See "What's On" above or Exhibitions for details.

Scots in Russia
If you missed Billy Kay's recent programmes on BBC Radio Scotland you can still listen on 
Billy Kay will be giving a presentation at the Dashkova Centre on 21 Jan - booking here.

Emelia Voznesenskaya
Emelia (Emmie) Voznesenskaya, a Russian-born resident of Edinburgh since the 1950s, died on the 27th of December in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at the age of 88. Emmie joined the recently created Edinburgh University Russian Department in 1956.  She was born in Russia and was present at the siege of Leningrad outside the lines, as the genetics institute where her parents worked was at Tsarskoe Selo.  Her funeral will be on 14th January in the Orthodox Church of St Andrew, Meadow Lane, at 11 am.  A eulogy is being prepared which will include other interesting biographical details.
There was a short notice in the Scotsman 7 Jan (link). 

Russian - English Translation work (100-150 hours)
As part of an AHRC-funded project (Protestants behind the Iron Curtain: Religious Belief, Identity, and Narrative in Russia and Ukraine since 1945), I am creating a website called ‘Protestants in the Soviet Union’. The site will contain introductory essays, oral history extracts, and primary sources. We are looking for someone who will be able to translate some of this material from Russian to English. There may also be some English to Russian translation work.
The applicant needs to have a very high standard of both  English and Russian, as well as some interest or experience of working with historical materials.
There is at least 100 hours of work (potentially 150 hours) available at a pay rate of £16.35 per hour. The work will need to be completed by mid-February and the translator needs to be based in the UK. 
Please contact me by Thursday 21 January if you are interested:
Dr Miriam Dobson
Department of History, University of Sheffield, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield S3 7RA. Tel 0114 222 2567

New addition to the Dashkova Centre Library
Andrew Jameson has donated a collection of "books on Russian substandard and non-standard language of all types" to the Dashkova Russian Centre Edinburgh University - list attached. The books will be available to researchers from outside Edinburgh University.  More information -
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
Tel: +44(0)131 560 1486

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