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Seminars and Special Events

9th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2017

Venue: SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB
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Dates: Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 April 2017
Time: 10.00 - 16.20 daily

Standard rate now applies (payment due by Friday 24 March 2017):
£130 SCRSS members, £150 non-members


Please note: the seminar has now finished

Seminar Programme

The two-day intensive seminar offers a stimulating lecture programme in Russian, aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, final-year undergraduates and graduates 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
  • Russian literary and cultural scene: led by Vadim Levental

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 are supported with handouts. We also encourage conversation in Russian during breaks.

View the full lecture programme and timetable (pdf, 423KB).

Places are limited to 32 participants.

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.

Tatiana 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 two special courses: Aspects of Translating Business Texts and Historical and Cultural Life of Russia (Aspects of Translation, Linguistic and Cultural Studies). She has also previously taught Russian as a Foreign Language at the university. Tatiana'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.

Vadim Levental
Writer, literary critic and political commentator.

Vadim studied Russian literature at St Petersburg State University. Since 2007 he has worked as an editor at Limbus Press, an independent publisher specialising in translations of the world's best authors and contemporary Russian fiction. Vadim has published as a literary critic and political commentator in numerous magazines, newspapers and websites. His debut novel Masha Regina (2012) was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize and shortlisted by the Big Book Award jury; it was published by Oneworld Publications in English in 2016. His collection of short stories House of Fears (2015) was nominated for the New Literature Prize. Vadim is a member of the St Petersburg Writers Union, Executive Secretary of the National Bestseller Prize and Executive Director of the Grigorievsky Prize.

Fees and Payment

Standard Rate
Pay by Friday 24 March 2017
£130 SCRSS members, £150 non-members

The full fee 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

Please note: the seminar has now finished.

Download the seminar booking form (pdf, 583KB). 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 24 March 2017
  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 2016 Seminar

Participants rated the course as 4.5 out of 5 (average of all responses across all criteria). Average ratings in specific areas: 4.9 Booking & Administration; 4.6 Lecturers; 4.5 Lecture Content & Handouts; 4.6 Refreshments; 4.1 Facilities; and 4.8 Price.

Comments from individual participants:

  • "Very interesting and enjoyable, very good topics."
  • "Very interesting course, shame I couldn't do both sets of lectures!"
  • "Overall, a very positive experience - well organised and a friendly atmosphere. Thank you!"
  • "The course was as usual well organised and held in a pleasant, supportive and friendly atmosphere."
  • "Thank you for all your hard work in organising and administering the seminar. I thought it was excellent."

The SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2017 is organised by the Society for Co-operation in Russian & Soviet Studies in collaboration with the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation