School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
Adelphi Building, AB041
Subject Areas: Russian Literature, Culture and Language
Dr Olga Tabachnikova is a Subject Leader for Russian and the Director of The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies. She teaches Russian Language at all levels, as well as Russian Culture Modules and Russian-English Translation. She joined the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies in September 2014, after working at the Universities of Bath and Bristol (UK), and the University of Trier (Germany). Her main area of expertise is Russian literature and Russian cultural history from the 19th century to the present day. Olga has published extensively in the field of Russian Studies, and is also an author of two books of poetry (in Russian).
Facets of Russian Irrationalism between Art and Life, Mystery inside Enigma (editor) (Brill-Rodopi, 2016)
Russian Irrationalism from Pushkin to Brodsky: Seven Essays in Literature and Thought (Bloomsbury Academic (formerly Continuum), hardcover: 2015, paperback: 2016)
Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture (1917-1937) (co-edited with Peter Wagstaff and Jorg Schulte) (BRILL, 2012)
Anton Chekhov through the eyes of Russian thinkers: Vasilii Rozanov, Dmitrii Merezhkovsky and Lev Shestov (editor) (Anthem Press, 2010)
UCLan Third International Conference in Russian Studies (jointly with SIAS: State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow) : 'RUSSIAN-BRITISH INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE: RUSSIAN MUSIC IN BRITAIN – BRITISH MUSIC IN RUSSIA', 10-11 October 2019 (SIAS, Moscow) and 6-7 November 2019 (UCLan, Preston)
UCLan Second International Conference in Russian Studies: ‘Biographical narrative of the First World War in Russia and Britain: documents and testimonies’, 9 February 2017
UCLan First International Conference in Russian Studies: 'A Culture of Discontinuity? Russian Cultural Debates in Historical Perspective', 3-5 May 2016
Sociologically and culturally informed Russian literary-philosophical research: Russian cultural continuity; gender and identity studies; links between Russian thought, literature and film. Comparative literature. Research-led teaching; Interdisciplinary research networking; Archival research.
Dr Olga Tabachnikova teaches ab-initio Russian Language and Background to Russian Studies, and is a Subject Leader for Russian.
Major projects include:
‘Russian Irrationalism, Past and Present: Between Philosophy, Theology and the Arts’, University of Bristol, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, UK (2009-2011)
‘Russian-Jewish cultural continuity in the Diaspora (the case of Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937)’, University of Bath, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, UK (2008-2009)
A student initiated teaching award 'We ♥ you' from the Student Union, 2015
Organizing the Russian Seminars Programme - a number of events to promote Russian Studies at UCLan.
Co-organizing the LCL (Linguistics, Cultures and Literatures) Research Seminar Series.
Co-organizing International Conference ‘The Red and the Black – The Russian Revolution and the Black Atlantic’, IBAR, UCLan, Preston, England, to be held on 14-15 October 2017
Organising International Conference ‘Biographical narrative of the First World War in Russia and Britain: documents and testimonies’, UCLan, Preston, England, 9 February 2017
Organizing UCLan First International Conference in Russian Studies: 'A Culture of Discontinuity? Russian Cultural Debates in Historical Perspective ', 3-5 May 2016, School of Journalism, Language and Communication.
For further conference information, please see below.
Member of the Scientific Committee for the International Conference ‘1917: Litterateur and literary scholar: An engineer, witness, and victim of the historical change/social rift’, organised by the Institute of Literature of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Institute of Special and Intercultural Communication of the University of Warsaw; the Faculty of Slavic Studies, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2017
Member of the Scientific Committee for the International Conference ‘D.S. Merezhkovsky: Litterateur, religious philosopher and social experimenter’, organised by the Institute of Special and Intercultural Communication at the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, April 2016
Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies of the University of Bath
Member of the Scientific Committee for the International Conference ‘Literary Scholarship and Russian Studies: Self-consciousness, Geo-cultural Variability and the Boundaries of the Profession', Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2015.
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the annual international web-symposia on the problems of artistic education, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia
Member of the International Steering Committee for the project on ‘Russian-Jewish cultural continuity in the Diaspora’, based at the university of Bath in 2008-2009.
Member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal ‘Humanity Space’ (Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia).
Member of the Editorial Board for the volume Modern Study of Literature. Theory. History of Literature. Creative Personalities. To the 130th Anniversary of E.I. Zamyatin, Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Tambov and Elets State Universities, Tambov-Elets-Moscow, Russia, 2014.
Member of the biennial ESSHC: European Social Science History Conference (Oral History & Life Stories Network and Gender Studies Network).
Earlier Conferences Organised and Co-Organised
Co-organizing an International Conference “Russian Émigré Culture: Transcending the Borders of Countries, Languages, and Disciplines”, 13-15 November 2015, Department of Slavonic Studies of Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany).
International conference on ‘Russian Irrationalism in the Global Context: Sources and Influences’, University of Bristol, 30-31 March, 2010
The 1st Interdisciplinary International Network Symposium ‘Cultural Continuity in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin (1917-1937). The Experience of Russian Jews in an Era of Social Change’, University of Bath, 8-10 September, 2008
The 2nd Interdisciplinary International Network Symposium 'Between Metropolis and Diaspora', University of Portsmouth, 16-17 February, 2009
The 3rd Interdisciplinary International Network Symposium 'Translations and their Influence upon the Continuity of Russian Jewish Culture in the West between the World Wars', Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, 21-22 September, 2009
A one-day International conference for the British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture (BFASRC), Bath, October 25, 2008
An International Conference on the Contemporary Russian Women Writers (CRWW) held in conjunction with the International Conference on the Contemporary European Women Writers: Gender and Generation, Bath, March 31 – April 2, 2005
A one-day International conference for the British-French Association for the Study of Russian Culture (BFASRC), Bath, October 18, 2003
Recent Selected Conference Papers
Russia and the West: Foreign opinions of Russian culture through the Russian eyes’ (Second International science-to-practice Conference ‘Russian heritage in contemporary world’, organised jointly by the Russian Embassy and the ‘Russian Heritage’ Society in the UK, London, 27 June 2017).
(invited speaker) ‘Alexander Ivashkin on Russian Irrationalism’ (International Conference ‘Between the Lands. Alexander Ivashkin Remembered.’ Goldsmiths, University of London, 2-3 June 2017).
‘WWI poetry in Russia and Britain, a comparison’ (International Conference ‘Biographical narrative of the First World War in Russia and Britain: documents and testimonies’, UCLan, Preston, England, 9 February 2017).
‘Fedor Dostoevsky and Mikhail Bulgakov in the battle of rationalism and irrationalism’ (The XVIth International Dostoevsky Symposium, the University of Granada, June 7-10, 2016).
‘Continuous motifs in Russian literary culture’ (International Conference ‘A Culture of Discontinuity? Russian Cultural Debates in Historical Perspective’, UCLan, Preston, England, 3-5 May 2016).
‘Broadening the Concept of ‘Truth’: Narrative Strategies of Top Russian Economists, between the Individual and Social’ (jointly with Natalia Vinokurova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) (European Social Science History Conference Valencia, Spain, 30 March - 2 April 2016).
New Russian 'macho' between literature and life’, jointly with Natalia Vinokurova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia), the IX World Congress of ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) in Makuhari, Japan, August 2015.
(Invited Speaker) ‘On reason, religion and irony: Evgenii Zamiatin’s novel “My” in the context of European irrationalism’ (International Conference ‘Contemporary Literary Studies: Dialogue of Slavic Cultures – for the 130th Anniversary of E.I. Zamiatin’, 1-4 October 2014).
‘“English” Chekhov’ (International Conference “Chekhov’s map of the world” (for the 110th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s death), Melikhovo, 3-7 June 2014 ).
Conference Paper (jointly with Natalia Vinokurova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) ‘Making sense of the past trauma in narratives of the self: moral, social and historical spaces of self-interpretation’ (ESSHC 2014 /the European Social Science History Conference, organized by the International Institute of Social History (IISH), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences/, Vienna, 23-26 April 2014).
(Invited Speaker) ‘The role of cultural discourse in contemporary education’ (the international symposium ‘Problems and prospects of artistic education in the context of contemporary culture’, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, 25 March 2014)
‘Love as a Moral Category in Russian Literature’ (‘New UK Research in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature’ Symposium, Darwin College, Cambridge, 1 February 2014)
(Invited Speaker) ‘The concept of love in Russian cultural canon: shifts of the paradigm’ (the VII international conference ‘The Rational and Emotional in Russian Literature and Folklore’, Volgograd State university, Volgograd, Russia, October 2013)