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Seminars and Special Events

10th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2018

Venue: SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB
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Dates: Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April 2018
Time: 10.00 - 16.20 daily
Availability: The seminar has now finished

Seminar Programme 2018

Our two-day intensive seminar in 2018 offers a stimulating lecture programme in Russian, aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, graduates and final-year undergraduates of Russian, and all those with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in contemporary Russia.

The lecture programme has two parallel streams:

  • Russian language and linguistics: led by Tatiana Piotrovskaya
  • Contemporary Russian culture: led by Dr Natalia Bogoliubova

There are four lectures per day: choose from one of two options per session. You can move from one stream to another throughout the day as you wish. Each lecture session lasts 70 minutes, including time for discussion. Lectures are entirely in Russian and supported with handouts. We also encourage conversation in Russian during breaks.

View the full lecture programme and timetable (pdf, 347KB).

Places are limited to 30 participants, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The fee includes morning and afternoon tea / coffee and biscuits. Lunch is not provided: please bring your own packed lunch or use local cafes.


Tatiana Piotrovskaya
Senior Lecturer, Department of English Philology and Language Culture Studies, Faculty of Philology, St Petersburg State University.

Ms Piotrovskaya has taught at St Petersburg State University (formerly Leningrad State University) since 1973. Her current teaching programme covers all aspects of contemporary English and includes three special courses: Aspects of Translating Business Texts; Historical and Cultural Life of Russia (Aspects of Translation, Linguistic and Cultural Studies); and Society and Consumption (a masters course on lexis in different areas of consumption). She has also previously taught Russian as a Foreign Language at the university. Ms Piotrovskaya's publications include Standard Versions of Written Exercises in Foreign Languages: Teaching Aid (2004). She was awarded a special Faculty of Philology bronze medal in 2002.

Tatiana Piotrovskaya returns to teach on the SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2018 for a third year.

Natalia Bogoliubova
Associate Professor, Department of International Cultural and Humanitarian Co-operation, Faculty of International Relations, St Petersburg State University.

Dr Bogoliubova has taught in the Faculty of International Relations at St Petersburg State University since 1996. She was awarded a PhD in History in 2000, became Associate Professor in 2001, and is also a member of the Academic Council of the Faculty. Her key research interests include contemporary Russian culture; the foreign cultural policy of Russia today; international relations in the field of theatre, music, cinema and sport; and St Petersburg in the context of international cultural co-operation. She has written over one hundred publications, including The Formation and Evolution of the Foreign Cultural Policy of Russia (2011); and, with co-author Iu. Nikolaeva, Intercultural Communications and International Cultural Exchange (2009), Intercultural Communication in Two Parts (2016) and Geopolitics of Sports and the Foundations of Sports Diplomacy, 2nd Edition (2017). In 2009 Dr Bogoliubova was awarded a Scroll of Honour by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science for her pedagogical work.

Fees and Payment

'Early Bird' Rate
Pay by Friday 9 March 2018
£125 SCRSS members, £145 non-members

Standard Rate

Pay by Friday 6 April 2018
£140 SCRSS members, £165 non-members

The full fee ('early bird' or standard rate as applicable) must be paid with your booking. See our refunds policy below.

We accept payment by cheque or bank transfer only. If an organisation is paying for you, we can provide an invoice.

How to Book

Download the seminar booking form (pdf, 585KB). Print and complete the booking form and return to the SCRSS with:

  • Cheque made payable to the "SCRSS" or
  • Request for our bank details (to pay by bank transfer) or
  • Invoicing details (where an organisation is paying for you)

Full details on these payment methods are given on the booking form.

Please note: We only accept bookings for the full two-day seminar (not one-day bookings).

Refunds Policy

Fees are non-refundable except where:

  1. Participants cancel their booking before 6 April 2018
  2. Participants cancel for medical reasons with a doctor's certificate
  3. The SCRSS cancels the seminar

The SCRSS will retain a £20 administration fee in all cases except (3).

Feedback from the 2017 Seminar

Participants rated the course as 4.7 out of 5 (average of all responses across all criteria). Average ratings in specific areas: 5 Booking & Administration; 4.7 Lecturers, Content & Handouts; 4.7 Refreshments; 4.6 Facilities; and 4.6 Price.

A selection of comments from individual participants:

  • "Just a huge thank-you to everyone: the organisation and lecturers were, as always, excellent, well prepared and engaging."
  • "Very well organised. Very welcoming. Lectures were very informative, enjoyable and useful. Thank you!"
  • "Really great seminar - many, many thanks to the speakers and organisers."
  • "Just a note to congratulate you on an excellent seminar! Better than ever... All I spoke to were full of praise for the lectures, lecturers and the whole organisation of the event."
  • "Thank you for the excellent programme you organised for us over the weekend... A word of praise too for the two speakers... and their interesting programme of lectures. Pity we couldn't attend the lot!"
  • "I really enjoyed the seminar... I would definitely come again. It was also a good opportunity to meet people who are interested in Russia and speaking the language."
  • "The lectures were of a very high standard... I enjoyed the seminar very much, and there was such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere too. Well done!"

The SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2018 is organised by the Society for Co-operation in Russian & Soviet Studies in collaboration with the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation