Literature Studies

Below you will find ongoing research projects that concern research discipline Litterature Studies.

Translation in Russian Contexts: Transcultural, Translingual and Transdisciplinary Points of Departure

Duration: 01.01.2014-01.08.2014

Project leader: Julie Hansen | Project page

This conference explored the theory, practice and history of translation in various Russian contexts. By bringing together leading scholars within the fields of Slavic Studies and Translation Studies, the conference transcended traditional disciplinary boundaries and aimed to illuminate the many aspects of Russian translation from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  

Transcultural Identities in Contemporary Literature

Duration: 2011-2013

Project leader: Julie Hansen | Project page (coming soon)

History through the Prism of Memory: Post-Communist Novels from Central and Eastern Europe

Duration: 2010-2013

Project leader: Julie Hansen | Project page

This project examines the ways in which memories of the Communist period are depicted in novels from post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe. The material for this study consists of novels from the Czech Republic, former East Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Russia, published since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The analysis draws upon previous research within the interdisciplinary field of Memory Studies, applying in particular Paul Ricoeur’s theory concerning the relations between history, narrative and memory. Ricoeur argues that historical accounts are similar to narratives in that they are formed by language and require interpretation. Through an analysis of literary depictions of historical events during the Communist period as well as of daily life in a totalitarian society, the various modes of memory—ranging from nostalgic to critical—portrayed in the selected novels are identified. This study also elucidates how the texts, through both their form and content, problematize the workings of memory and its relation to history and forgetting.

History through the Prism of Memory: Post-Communist Novels from Central and Eastern Europe (Publication Grant)

Duration: 2010 - 2013

Project leader: Julie Hansen | Project page

This project examines the ways in which memories of the Communist period are depicted in novels from post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe. The material for this study consists of novels from the Czech Republic, former East Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Russia, published since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The analysis draws upon previous research within the interdisciplinary field of Memory Studies, applying in particular Paul Ricoeur’s theory concerning the relations between history, narrative and memory. Ricoeur argues that historical accounts are similar to narratives in that they are formed by language and require interpretation. Through an analysis of literary depictions of historical events during the Communist period as well as of daily life in a totalitarian society, the various modes of memory—ranging from nostalgic to critical—portrayed in the selected novels are identified. This study also elucidates how the texts, through both their form and content, problematize the workings of memory and its relation to history and forgetting.

Punishment as a Crime? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Prison Experience in Russian Culture (international conference)

Duration: 01.03.2012-31.08.2012

Project leader: Julie Hansen | Project page

Nelson Mandela has claimed that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” In Russia, prisons have had a far-reaching impact on society and culture, from tsarist times to the Soviet Gulag. The threat and experience of imprisonment continue to be significant factors in the post-Soviet Russian Federation.

On 15-17 August 2012, the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University hosted an interdisciplinary workshop which examined questions related to prison experience in Russia.

The workshop aimed to elucidate the many ways in which prisons in Russia have influenced and interacted with cultural, political and social spheres, from tsarist Russia through the present day. The project brought together internationally prominent scholars who have conducted research on various aspects of the culture, history and sociology of prisons in Russia.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, History, and Modernity

Duration: January 2013 - December 2015

Project leader: Irina Karlsohn | Project page

The aim of the project is to investigate the conception of history and time in the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The  question that is being asked is the following: what is Solzhenitsyn’s view of history as such – its driving forces and its leading actors. The question of Solzhenitsyn’s conception of modernity is also being raised. The project examines Solzhenitsyn’s conception of history as a complex conception which points in different directions and will hopefully cast light on the more general theme of Russian identity formation and Russian appropriation of the past.   

A pilot study on Solzhenitsyn's conception of state and history

Duration: September 2010 - May 2011

Project leader: Irina Karlsohn | Project page (coming soon)

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