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February 2015

On Feb. 24, the Polish Students Association in collaboration with the Polish Language and Literature Program at UofT organized a screening of the famous Polish comedy Poszukiwany, poszukiwana.

On Feb. 19, Prof. Leonid Livak gave talk enetitled, "Le concept de révolution est-il pertinent pour penser les avant-gardes européennes?" at Université de Paris-Sorbonne
More info.

On Feb. 12, students of the Polish Language and Literature Program attended the play Margarete by Janek Turkowski at the Theatre Centre. It was presented by Polish Theatre Kana, which came to Toronto to participate in the Progress Festival.

Prof. Tamara Trojanowska gave a lecture enetitled “Witkacy Performer” at the Witkacy’s “Great Nonsense” Exhibition and Talk on Feb. 9th at the Theatre Centre.
Event Webpage.

Prof. Veronika Ambros participated in the conference Prager Figurationen jüdischer Moderne Workshop im Rahmen des Forschungsverbundes "Prag als Knotenpunkt europäischer Moderne(n)". Her talk was on: Etwas aus vielen Stoffen gezaubert Golem als Prager Figuration jüdischer Moderne from Feb. 5-8 at Universität Tübingen.

Prof. Leonid Livak gave an interview on Radio Svoboda about his recently published book.
Listen to the interview.

On Monday, Feb. 9th, at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West), Witkacy’s “Great Nonsense” will open. The opening of the exhibition will be followed by Prof. Tamara Trojanowska’s lecture “Witkacy Performer”. 
Event Webpage.

January 2015

On Jan. 27 at the Institut d'Études Avancées de Paris Prof. Leonid Livak gave a talk entitled «La dislocation culturelle et linguistique dans l’activité créatrice d’auteurs européens modernes : Sophia Petit, Ludmila Savitzky, Zinaida Vengerova».

On Jan. 20, the Polish Program organized a special event of Polish trivia for all the students attending Polish language courses at UofT.

Prof. Leonid Livak gave a talk entitled «Boris Zaitsev et l'activité francophone de l'émigration russe en France» at Les Éditeurs réunies, Paris on January 19.

Prof. Kate Holland presented a paper entitled "Reversion or Recuperation? Atavism and Regression in Saltykov-Shchedrin and Dostoevsky" at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Languages Association in Vancouver on January 9.

December 2014

On Dec. 8, Prof. Leonid Livak gave a talk, “L’activité francophone de l'émigration russe dans l'entre deux-guerres: questions et méthodes" at the Séminaire central du Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen. École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

An Interview with Prof.
Maxim Tarnawsky appeared on the site of the internet publication
More info.

November 2014

Prof. Veronika Ambros lead the lecture From "Oratorio for Prague" to "The Gingerbread Revolution" 1968-1989-2014. A Celebration of the Silver Anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia 1989, on Nov. 17.
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Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky was the featured guest of the seminar on “Intellectual Biography” organized by the Ukrainian literature division of the Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Centre for Research in the Humanities of Lviv University on Nov. 17, 2014.
More info.

Prof. Tamara Trojanowska hosted a panel of Polish-Canadian writers, including Andrew Borkowski, Jowita Bydlewska, Eva Stachniak and Ania Szado, at INSPIRE, the International Book Fair in Toronto on Nov. 16.

Prof. Anu Muhonen gave a paper, “Flows of multilingual pedagogy in a Sweden Finnish school” at AFinLA Autumn Symposium: “Flows of language learning,” Nov. 14-15, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
More info.

Prof. Christina Kramer presented a paper "Layers of Lexicon in translating from the Macedonian", at the American Literary Translators' Association (ALTA) annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI on Nov. 13.

The Australian Broadcasting Company will be airing a program to which Prof. Donna Orwin contributed on Clausewitz and Tolstoy on Sunday, Nov. 9, starting at 1.00 pm local time. It will be repeated on Thursday, Nov. 13, and will be posted as a download and podcast here.

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky delivered a lecture on Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi at the Karazin Kharkiv National University on Nov. 5, 2014.
More info.

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky delivered a guest lecture on Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi at the Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University on Nov. 4, 2014.
More info.

Polish Senior Scouting Unitv “Tatry” donates $5,550 to Polish Studies at UofT
More info.
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Profs. Christina Kramer and Dragana Obradovic were in Calgary at Alberta Theatre Projects for the World Premiere of Butcher by award-winning playwright Nicolas Billon. They were invited to the premiere because they created a language especially for the play, Lavinian. The play and Lavinian have been written about in a number of venues, including the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, and The Gauntlet. While in Calgary they also taped a podcast with actor Col Cseke for Verb Theatre. Nowthe story of Lavinian has made it to the front page of Arts and Science. To read more about Lavinian and Butcher follow these links:
Arts and Science.
Inventing Lavinian.
J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail.
The Poseur's Guide, Jon Roe.

Prof. Dragana Obradovic gave a paper at the ASEEES Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, entitled "The Commemoration of Judelager Semlin on Film: The Case of Goran Paskaljevic's When Day Breaks."

Prof. Kate Holland gave a paper at the ASEEES Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, entitled "Gendering the "accidental family": Mothers, Daughters, Sisters in Dostoevsky's The Adolescent."

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky was interviewed on the Knyha+ Segment on Lviv Oblast TRK TV.
Watch it here. (Interview is in Ukrainian).

Prof. Leonid Livak published an article, “Nicolas Nabokov: An Autobiographical Sketch,” inStanford Slavic Studies Vol. 46 (2014).

Prof. Leonid Livak has just co-published the following volume. Leonid Livak and Andrei Ustinov. Literaturnyi avangard russkogo Parizha, 1920-26: Istoriia. Khronika. Antologiia. Dokumenty [The literary avant garde of Russian Paris , 1920-26: History. Chronicle.  Anthology. Documents .] (Moscow: OGI, 2014)

Prof. Leonid Livak gave a talk at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris: " Le Problème de l’engagement politique dans la vie littéraire de l’émigration russe en France"

October 2014

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky gave a talk about Ivan Nechui-Levytsky at the Institute of Literature of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kyiv on October 28.
More info.

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky delivered a lecture on Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi at the Dept of Literary Theory of Lviv University on Wednesday October 22, 2014.
More info.

Prof. Anu Muhonen delivered a Varpu Lindström Memorial Lecture on the topic “Language of the Heart: Finnishness Seen with Sweden Finnish Eyes” October 21, 2014 at St. Michael’s College, in collaboration with Canadian Friends of Finland.
More info.

Polish Students Association at UofT has been helping to raise funds in support of the Polish language courses. Last spring they organized the third fundraising event and on October 15, 2014 presented the cheque to Professor Donna Orwin, the Chair of the department. The cheque will be deposited to the Endowed Fund created by the Council for the Support of Polish Studies at UofT Thank you PSA for your ongoing support!
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Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky and Uliana Pasicznyk spoke about their translation projects, the journal "Ukrainian Literature: A Journal of Translations" and the Hrushevsky Translation Project, respectively, at the Faculty of Translation Studies of Lviv University in the Hall of Mirrors on Friday, Oct 10, 2014.
More info.

Prof. Anu Muhonen delivered two lectures on the topic Sweden is Multilingual “Sverige är flerspråkigt!” at Stockholm University in Sweden on October, 8-9, 2014.
More info.

On Oct. 6, the Slavic Dept. presented a lecture by Professor Andrzej Nowak: "Western 'Appeasement' and its Eastern European Victims: from World War One to World War Three."

On October 6, the Slavic Dept. held its annual Award Ceremony.Congratulations to all of the recipients!
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Prof. Anu Muhonen delivered a lecture, “Heritage, Belonging and Identity in Sports Discourse among Sweden Finnish Pupils”, at the Workshop on Heritage Language Speakers in Society and Education October 2-3 2014, at Stockholm University in Sweden.
More info.  

The President of Finland visited the University of Toronto. Prof. Emeritus Borje Vahamaki and Prof. Anu Muhonen participatedin the panel discussino on "The Future of Finnish Studies in North America.
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Ukrainian Literature: A Journal of Translations
has published its newest issue. Volume 4 is available on the journal's website: The journal is edited by Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky. This issue contains the first half of his translation of Valerian Pidmohylny's classic novel The City.

September 2014

On Sept. 23, the Slavic Dept. presented a richly illustrated lecture by Dr. Zbigniew Latala (Cracow University of Technology), entitled "Shakespeare in Polish Posters."

P rof. Dragana Obradovic has written a photo-essay on Kazakhstan for the online journal the "Balkanist." Available here.

Congratulations to Chloe Papadopoulos for winning the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship!

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky has an essay published on line: “Nechui’s Aesthetic Code: Repetition, Pacing, and Non Purposeful Narration,”Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal 1 (2014): 219–240. An on-line journal: available here.

Prof. Kate Holland's book, The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and Genre in the 1870s, was nominated for the ASEEES Vucinich Prize and the AATSEEL Literary/Cultural Studies book prize. A recent review of the book by Robin Feuer Miller can be found in the July issue of Russian Review.

Prof. Leonid Livak has been named a Resident Research Fellow of the Institut d'études avancées in Paris, where he will work, in the academic year 2014-15, on his research project "Cultural and Linguistic Displacement in the Creative Activity of Modern European Writers."

Prof. Christina Kramer's NEA award was posted to the NEA Writers' Corner. View site.

July 2014

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky has an essay published on line: “Nechui’s Aesthetic Code: Repetition, Pacing, and Non-Purposeful Narration,” Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal 1 (2014): 219–240. An on-line journal available here.


June 2014

Prof. Kate Holland's book, "The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and Genre in the 1870s" (Northwestern UP, 2013), was nominated for the Vucinich Book Prize, awarded annually by the ASEEES for the most important contribution to Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. It was also nominated for the ATSEEL prize for the best book in Literary/Cultural Studies published in 2012-2013. A recent review of the book by Robin Feuer Miller can be found in the July issue of Russian Review.

Prof . Christina Kramer gave a paper entitlted “Makedonski lingvisti č ki pejza ž i: jazi č na politika I jazi č en kontakt (Macedonian Linguistic Landscapes: language policy and language contact) Linguistics Conference, Ohrid, Macedonia, June 8, 2014. Also, in her role as external member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences, she took part in the opening international linguistics working group on Balkan and Areal Linguistics in Ohrid, June 26-27. 

Two of Prof. Christina Kramer's students have attended their first Macedonian Seminar for Macedonian Language, Literature, and Culture, Ohrid June 9-27. The Dean of the Faculty of the University of Kiril and Metodij in Skopje was extremely pleased with their work, and has informed her that they will receive scholarships to attend again next summer.

June 26 - 27

Prof. Veronika Ambros participated in the workship "Cultural icon, Kulturheros, figure mythique und andere Konzepte."

May 2014

Prof. Veronika Ambros participated in the "Staging Havel" International Conference at Charles University in Prague.
View program.

Maxim Tarnawsky has been commenting on the unfolding situation in Ukraine on a live TV show anchored by reporter Pat Bollard on Sun News Network. To hear recordings of his comments, go here and

Saturday, May 3
On Saturday, May 3, at the University of Toronto Michael Naydan delivered the 15th Annual Danylo Husar Struk Memorial Lecture. His topic was: Back to the Village: Folklore Beliefs in Contemporary Ukrainian Literature.
Listen to the audio.
Brief audio and video excerpt.


April 2014

Christina Kramer presented a paper with Victor Friedman 'Hope and Precarity in the Balkans: Linguistic Landscapes in the Republic of Macedonia"  at the 19th Biennial Balkan  and South Slavic Conference, Chicago (Friday, April 25 - Sunday 27). Our undergraduate student Chris Holmes is here at his first conference as a research assistant.

Friday, April 25, 7-10 p.m.
COOP (North of Brennan Hall)
An evening with Eva Stachniak, the internationally best selling author of The Winter Palace, launching her new novel about Catherine the Great, Empress of the Night. This event is also a fundraiser for the Polish Language and Literature Program at UofT. All proceeds from the book sale will support the Polish Studies Fund.
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April 24-25
We are pleased to announce the programme of "Synthesizing Eastern Europe", to be held at the Slavic Department, University of Toronto on 24-25th April. The keynote speaker is Anna Berman of the University of McGill, and we are delighted to be hosting speakers from across North America. All are welcome to attend. Contact Ian Garner ( for details.
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March 2014

Prof. Veronika Ambros conducted three day seminars on exilic cities at the ACLA Congress on Capitals. She read her paper on Milan Kundera's Ignorance: Prague and Paris as Exilic Capitals.

Prof. Christina Kramer's NEA award was posted to the NEA Writers' Corner.
View site.

Monday, March 31, 4-6 p.m.
Alumni Hall 400
Professor Tatiana Smoliarova of Columbia University and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow will be giving a lecture at Alumni Hall 400 entitled "A Wondrous Joining: Eighteenth Century Roots of Early Soviet Machine Aesthetics.”
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Monday, March 24, 5-7 p.m.

Alumni Hall 100
Lecture by Prof. Tamara Hundorova commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Ukraine's national poet Taras Shevchenko. Presented by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Danylo Husar Struk Programme in Ukrainian Literature.

March 7, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall 100
Slavic Department Talent Show


February 2014

February 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall at Victoria College
I would like to invite you to attend the 6th Annual Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture which will be given by Veronika Ambros this Thursday, February 27th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm at the Alumni Hall of Victoria College. Professor Ambros’s lecture, entitled “The Joy of Comparison,” is part of the Centre for Comparative Literature’s conference “Joy / La joie,” which is taking place this Thursday through Saturday. Veronika Ambros is an Associate Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and at the Centre of Comparative Literature, and is a cross-appointed faculty member of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. The abstract for her lecture is posted below:

“The Joy of Comparison”

The joy of comparison I wish to share with you today emerges mostly from silent, solitary engagement with ambiguous and seemingly hermetic literary texts, illuminated by what Wilhelm von Humboldt calls the zig-zag method by which “concepts of a theory are tested in textual analysis, and the analysis, in turn, inspires new developments on the theoretical level.” (Lubomír Doležel, Heterocosmica , XI). My intention today is much more modest and hopefully somewhat joyful.

In the spirit of the zig zag method let me invite you to join me on a meandering voyage, which as Mikhail Bakhtin teaches us about the chronotope of the journey, motivates a number of chance encounters with various scribes, whimsical narrators, an unlikely collector of art, before facing the absence of joy and finally the joy of absence. The selected theoretical aspects include the skaz, which denotes a specific first person narrator that emulates oral speech; the grotesque, the parody and postmodernism, the travesty, the so-called minor literature, surrealist collages, socialist realism and kitsch, as well as visual impulse and finally “minus –Stalin.”

For more information on Professor Ambros's lecture or the conference in general, please visit our webpage:

February 27, 3-6 p.m

United Nations, New York City
Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky will be a Keynote Speaker at a commemorative event honouring Taras Shevchenko.
More info.
UofT News article.
Event video.

February 4th (Tuesday) 7.00-9.00pm

Alumni Hall, AH400
Polish Movie Night #1 KRET (The Mole, 2011) dir. Rafael Lewandowski


January 2014

Prof. Kate Holland's article, "Genre and the Temptation of Narrative Desire in "The Kreutzer Sonata" is coming out this month in Tolstoy Studies Journal XXV: 2013.


December 2013

Congratulations to Prof. Christina Kramer for receiving an Honorable Mention or MLA's prestigious Lois Roth Award for her translation of Freud's Sister by Goce Smilevski.
Press release.

December 3, 2:00 p.m.

Location: TBA
Wigilia / Christmas Eve


November 2013

Audio recording of Yuri Vynnychuk's apperance at the University of Toronto on October 29, 2013. "A conversation with Yuri Vynnychuk, author of Tango of Death." Meeting Ukrainian Writers Series. Mr Vynnychuk was interviewed by Prof Maxim Tarnawsky with translation into English for the first half of the event.
Listen to the audio.
View Web page.

Prof. Veronika Ambros presented at the ASTR Conference in Dallas, and will present at the Theory of Literature and Theory of Arts Conference in Tübingen.

View program.

November 27, 3:00 p.m.
Jackman Humanities Bulding, Rm. 100
"The Contemporary Experience of Censorship and the Role of PEN" by Brendan de Caires, PEN Canada.
"A life lived under war and in exile" by Ayub Nuri, Kurdish journalist.

Brendan de Caires is the Programs and Communications Coordinator for PEN Canada. He has worked in trade and magazine publishing and has written for The Caribbean Review of Books, the Literary Review of Canada and The Toronto Review of Books.

Ayub Nuri was a fixer for the New York Times, BBC and Channel 4 UK film crews in Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion. From 2005-2009 he worked as a journalist and columnist for two leading independent Kurdish newspapers, and as a reporter for European and American radio and television. He is currently the managing editor of a Kurdish English-language news service.

This event is free and open to the general public.  Registration is not required, and seating is available on a first-come, first -served basis.

For further information, please contact Dragana Obradovic at

November 25-26

Tamara Trojanowska presented at the Conference on Contemporary Polish Drama (Nov. 25-26), which was a part of the Intenational Research Project "Polish Drama: Reactivation," at the Literary Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

ember 21-24
Boston, MA, USA
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Prof. Kate Holland is presenting a paper, "A Novel of Fragmentation: Dostoevsky’s Podrostok and the Disintegration of Realism," on the panel, " Russian Literary Debates of the 1850s-1870s: Complicating the 'Aesthetic' and 'Radical' Divide" at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.  She is also chairing a round table, "Literary History: Russian Theories in a post-Hegelian Key."

Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky delivered a paper entitled "Nechui’s Aesthetic Code: Repetition, Pacing, and Non-Purposeful Narration” in the panel: “Essaying into Modernity: Turning Points in Ukrainian Prose.”

Prof. Tarnawsky also was the commentor in the panel: Ukrainian Intelligentsia at a Crossroads, 1880s-1920s In which Prof. Taras Koznarsky gave a paper entitled: "The Case of Beilis and Ukrainian Intelligentsia"

November 21, 7:00 p.m.
North York Central Library
Literary Evening Honouring Slovenian Author Boris Pahor.
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November 19, 6-8 p.m.
Fr. Madden Hall
Meeting with film director Ryszard Bugajski

November 17, 7:30 p.m.

MacLeod Auditorium
Guests of honour: Prof. Dr. Radojka Vukčević, PhD and Prof. Dr. Milo Lompar, PhD
Choir: Kir Stefan
Conducting: Jasmina Vučurović
Actors: Ljiljana Marković, Ksenija Vučević, Dimitrije Porobić, Gojko Roglić, Djordjije Živković
Solo: Kristina Bijelić
Admission: $20.00
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November 13, 2-4 p.m.
Location: TBA
Meeting with film director Kordian Piwowarski

November 13-16
EKRAN Polish Film Festival
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November 3, 4-6 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College

The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery . Toronto launch of Witold Pilecki's book. Organized by the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UofT as part of the Holocaust Week in Toronto.

November 1, 2-6 p.m.
Alumni Hall 107
The Language That “ Did Not, Does Not, and Cannot Exist.” 150 Years Since the Valuev Decree : A Symposium.
On July 18, 1863, Piotr Valuev, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Empire, wrote a secret circular (directive) to the Censorship Committees in Kyiv, Moscow, and Petersburg, which banned the publication of educational and religious works in Ukrainian.  In the aftermath of the Polish Uprising of 1863, the imperial administration was wary of cultural developments in Ukraine, seeing them as a threat to the integrity of the Russian Empire.
Photos, video and audio.


“Neither Dead Nor Alive:” Ukrainian Language on the Brink of Romanticism , Taras Koznarsky (University of Toronto) The Valuev Circular and the Language That “Has Not, Does Not, and Cannot Exist , ” Michael Moser (University of Vienna)

Fiction and Forgery in Official Information about the Ukrainian National Movement at the Beginning of 1860s , Johannes Remy (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi and the Prohibitions on Publishing Ukrainian Literature , Maxim Tarnawsky (University of Toronto)

Register for this event on this web-site (under Nov. 1 events):

Prof. Veronika Ambros was invited to participate in the discussion and present on Czech writer Daniela Daniela Fischerová. The roundtable discussion, entitled From Rape Camps to FEMEN and Pussy Riots: Women, Power and Body Politics in Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe, is scheduled to take place on Nov. 1, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in Academic Hall, room 311, 135 Seraphin-Marion Street, Ottawa. Free admission.
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October 2013

Janick Roy has been selected to be a translator-interpreter at the 2014 Sochi Paralymic Games by Les offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec. She will spend 2-3 weeks in March in Sochi.  The work consists of translating the website and other documents from English and Russian into French, as well as being an interpreter in medical and other services at the games.

October 31, 7-9 p.m.
Alumni Hall 400
Polish Program Movie Night 2:
"Francuski numer"

October 31, 2-4 p.m.
University of Toronto. Carr Hall Rm 106.
Informal meeting with Ukrainian students at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatues. This event is primarily for students, but guests are invited too.
If you wish to attend, email Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky.
For further information about Vynnychuk's visit to Canadian cities, see this schedule.

October 29, 12-2 p.m.
Room 108, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place).

A conversation with Yuri Vynnychuk, author of Tango of Death. Meeting Ukrainian Writers Series. Mr. Vynnychuk will be interviewed by Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky with translation into English.
Register here.
For further information about Vynnychuk's visit to Canadian cities, see this schedule.

October 26, 9-3 p.m.
Regis College, Classroom C
University of Toronto
The Croatian Academy of America, Inc. - Toronto Chapter presents "Six Decades of the Croatian Academy of America, Inc."
More info.

October 23, 6-8 p.m

Victoria College 115
Renata Gorczyńska's lecture: Brother Theologian: The Concept of Sin in Czeslaw Milosz's Poetry.

October 17, 7-9 p.m

Alumni Hall 107
Let's Play Polish Games! Space is limited! Please register:

October 16, 7-9 p.m.
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle, Toronto

The lecture will explore the evolution of Mikhail Larionov, most known for his neoprimitivist contributions to the avant-garde movements of the 1910s. His work Untitled Composition, which is featured in the exhibition Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism, will be discussed in the context of his experiments as a Russian émigré artist in Paris in the 1920s and of a futurist poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky it purports to illustrate. It is a striking piece that we shall investigate collectively: monumental in composition and color choices, adventurous in the blending of the primitivist, cubist and constructivist vocabularies, enigmatic in its imagery and message. 

Taras Koznarsky is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Ukrainian, Russian and comparative Slavic literature and culture courses at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His research interests include Ukrainian-Russian literary relationships in the nineteenth century; modernism and avant-garde; and the text of Kyiv—constructions of the city in the Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish, and Polish literary and cultural imaginations, 1800s-1930s. In Winter 2014, he will be teaching a course Universal Flowering: Synthesis of Arts in the late Russian Empire –early Soviet Union.

The University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) is home for three permanent collections of art belonging to the University of Toronto: the Lillian Malcove Collection, the University College Collection of Canadian art, and the University of Toronto Art Collection. The exhibition mandate supports the academic mission of the University of Toronto by mounting curatorially driven, thematic, long-running, museum-style exhibitions.Through exhibitions of art, access to our collections and scholarly programs, including lectures and symposiums, UTAC plays a key role in education at the University of Toronto and the wider public art community.

For more information on the exhibition  Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism , visit

Reception to follow lecture.

October 7, 4-7 p.m.
The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures Annual Award Ceremony. Congratulations to all of the students who won awards!
Read the program.
View photos here.

October 3, 7-9 p.m
Alumni Hall 400
Polish Program Movie Night 1: W. Pasikowski's "Psy."


September 2013

Prof. Kate Holland's new book, The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre in the 1870s, is being published! It will be released on October 31st.
More information.
Publisher information.

Congratulations to Ian Garner for winning the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship!

September 24

Location: TBA
Integration meeting for students in the Polish Program

September 18
Split, Croatia
Christina E. Kramer presented a paper entitled Macedonian Orthographic Controversies 1913-2013 at the annual conference of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.

September 7, 2-4 p.m.

Robarts Library, Media Commons Room 2
Lecture by Anna Osławska "Sztuka żywego słowa. Od Teatru Rapsodycznego do Theatrum Mundi".

Prof. Christina Kramer presented two papers. Prof. Kramer presented an invited lecture at the Translation and Interpreting Studies Program at Monash University in Melbourne: "Step into the Ferryboat: Getting Translations to the Other Shore." Then at a conference marking one hundred years since the Treaty of Bucharest and the partition of Macedonia, she presented a paper entitled: "Partitioning Language Policy and Status Planning in Macedonia."


August 2013

Prof. Christina Kramer has won a translation grant from the US National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA fellowship is in support of her translation of the 3rd volume in Luan Starova's Balkan Saga. The novel-memoir to be translated from the Macedonian is entitled Pyramid of Fire or The Path of the Eels.


July 2013

July 24
the Sorbonne
Paris, France

Prof. Kate Holland will be presenting a paper on July 24 at the 2013 Meeting of the International Comparative Literature Association in Paris, France.  Her paper is entitled, “Recovering a Positivist Narratology for the Novel: Andrei Jolles’ Einfache Formen and Alexander Veselovsky’s Historical Poetics,” and will be presented on the panel, “Old Theories, how and why?” The conference will be held at the Sorbonne, July 18-24, 2013.

Prof. Donna Orwin gave an interview (in English) to Moscow radio program Russian BookWorld. Her interview covers Tolstoy and a book she co-edited, Tolstoy on War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in "War and Peace" that came out last year with Cornell University Press.
Listen to the interview.
Book: Tolstoy on War.


June 2013

Prof. Kate Holland was a judge for Russian entries for the Rainbow Caterpillar Mother Language Children's Literature Award. The Award aims to reward writing excellence and support authors resident in Canada who want to write in their mother languages other than English. The Award will be presented at the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) 35th Annual Awards Gala to be held in Toronto on Multiculturalism Day June 21, 2013.
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June 5-8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

"A Little Play About Betrayal, for One Actress" by Oleksandr Irvanets. Translated by Prof. Taras Koznarsky and Marta Baziuk. This translation was featured in Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky's Ukrainian Literature in Translation.
View Poster.
View Ukrainian Literature in Translation webpage.
View Walnut Street Theatre webpage.

June 1-3, 2013
University of Victoria
Canadian Association of SLavists Annual Conference

Professors Taras Koznarsky and Maxim Tarnawsky, as well as PhD graduate Timothy Ormond and PhD student Victoria Lyasota, participated in the Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC from June 1-3.
For more information, including panel participants and topics, view the program here.

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