Slavic-Eurasian Research Center 2022 Summer International Symposium 2



Venue: Zoom at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center [SRC], Hokkaido University, Japan
(No Audience on Site)
Timetable: 20 min. presentation; 20 min. discussion.

Language: English and Russian
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 August 1st, 2022
9:40- 9:45(GMT+9) Opening Remarks
  Director, Dr. Motoki Nomachi, Hokkaido University, Japan
  Daisuke Adachi, Marina Balina on conference related organizational issues.
Speaker: Daisuke Adachi (Hokkaido University, Japan)
“Rethinking Peter Brooks’ “Melodramatic Imagination” in the Russian Context.”

Q&A session.

11:00-11:30(GMT+9) Coffee break
11:30-12:10(GMT+9) Panel I: coordinator Evgeny Dobrenko
Speaker: Vadim Shneyder (UCLA, USA)
“Melodrama and the Ethics of Attention in Leo Tolstoy’s “Kholstomer”.”
Discussant: Kirill Zubkov


Speaker: Satoshi Bamba (Niigata University, Japan)
“The Dialogic Imagination and its Melodramatic Excess: Bakhtinian and Vygotskian Approach to Dostoevsky’s Novels.”
Discussant: Katerina Clark
Speaker: Kirill Zubkov (Hokkaido University, Japan)
““To Protect the Russian Stage from French Melodrama”: The Genre of Melodrama and the Social Imaginary of Russian Censor in the 19th Century.”
Discussant: Daisuke Adachi
14:50-15:20(GMT+9) Coffee break
15:20-16:00(GMT+9) Panel II: coordinator Daisuke Adachi
Speaker: Sawako Ogawa (Hokkaido University, Japan)
“Melodramatic Bodies in Early Russian Cinema.”
Discussant: Anna Toropova
Speaker: Margarita Vaysman (University of St Andrews, UK)
“Melodrama and the Russian Realist Imagination on Nikolai Chernyshevskii's Chto delat'?.”
Discussant: Vadim Shneyder
  August 2nd, 2022(Tuesday)
10:00-10:40(GMT+9) Panel III: coordinator Satoshi Bamba
Speaker: Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia University, USA)
“Postmodernist “Moral Occult”: Ludmila Petrushevskaya and Linor Goralik.”
Speaker: Evgeny Dobrenko (Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
“Рождение мелодрамы из духа возвышенного в соцреализме.”
Discussant: Serguei Oushakine
Speaker: Katerina Clark (Yale University, USA)
“The Recalibration of Stalinist Melodrama during the Post-Stalin Thaws, 1953-1962.”
Discussant: Marina Balina


Speaker: Anna Toropova (University of Oxford, UK)
“Nervous People: Trauma and Aesthetic Hysteria in the Late Stalinist Melodrama.”
Discussant: Evgeny Dobrenko
Speaker: Serguei Oushakine (Princeton University, USA)
““Why Did They Name Me Vera? Why Did They Train Me Not to Scream from Pain?”: The Return of Melos to Late Soviet Drama.”
Discussant: Alexander Prokhorov
14:50-15:20(GMT+9) Coffee break
15:20-16:00(GMT+9) Panel V: coordinator Anna Toropova
Speaker: Marina Balina (Illinois Wesleyan University, USA)
“Melodramatic Impulse in Russian Children's Literature: Creating an Empathic Reader.”
Discussant: Elena Prokhorova
Speaker: Alexander and Elena Prokhorovy (College of William and Mary, USA)
“Staying Alive in Neoliberal Russia: Gender and Agency in “An Ordinary Woman”.”
Discussant: Larissa Rudova
Speaker: Larissa Rudova (Pomona College, USA)
“Shaping the Personal as the Political: Ekaterina Gordeeva’s Show. ”
Discussant: Serguei Oushakine
  Concluding Remarks:
Daisuke Adachi and Marina Balina

Organizing Committee:
Daisuke Adachi and Marina Balina


Sponsored by:
・JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (19H01243): A Comprehensive Study on the Melodramatic Imagination in Russian and Former Soviet Culture (Daisuke Adachi, Principal Investigator)
・Platform for Explorations in Survival Strategies (SRC, Hokkaido University)
・Comprehensive Research on the Slavic Eurasian Region (former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe): Research Team on the Cultures and Languages of the Slavic Eurasian Region (Daisuke Adachi, Motoki Nomachi, Principal Investigators)