Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Translating Russian and East European Cultures

UWS is a partner in a new AHRC-funded research network: Translating Russian & East European cultures: Exchange and communication within a multidisciplinary and multicultural Area Studies context.

The research network aims to explore critically the multiple ways in which East European and Russian cultures are translated, constructed and narrated, within the multidisciplinary and multicultural context of Russia and Central and East Europe area studies.

The network will examine how understandings of Russian and East European cultures are communicated and translated across disciplinary, linguistic and academic-end user boundaries. It will consider the potential to facilitate innovative means of knowledge exchange, given the multidisciplinary basis of area studies. It will incorporate training and practices both between disciplines as well as across academic-end user boundaries and cultural divides.

The research group will work together to develop and trial a range of dissemination techniques and practices drawing from expertise within both academic and non-academic contexts. The aim is to encourage the involvement of end user communities (school children, general public, local/national government representatives, non-governmental organisations) at all stages of the initiative.

The research network has been shaped by the multidisciplinary and multilingual research activity of the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), based at Glasgow University, jointly funded by the AHRC, ESRC, HEFCE and SFC. Area Studies, with its mix of disciplines from the Arts and Humanities as well as the Social Sciences and efforts to translate and construct cultures, provides a stimulating context within which to reflect critically on the issues of disciplinary languages, knowledge exchange and creative collaborations.

Dr Katarzyna Kosmala is co-investigator and co-coordinator on the project. Public events are planned for May at GOMA and at CCA. More details will follow. 


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