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- Prof. Christina Kramer will be the featured guest of a Two Lines Press event on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, on Bainbridge Island, outside of Seattle. She will discuss processes of translation and the genesis of the translation from the Macedonian of the novel A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska.

- Prof. Dragana Obradović has published a book titled Writing the Yugoslav Wars: Literature, Postmodernism, and the Ethics of Representation with the University of Toronto Press. More info.

- Prof. Dragana Obradović and students from the South Slavic program —  Oriane Edwards, Christopher Holmes, and Luka Pavičić — were invited to attend the visit of Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović of the Republic of Croatia on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 to the University of Toronto. The President addressed students from the University of Toronto who also had the opportunity to ask her questions. More info.

- On Nov. 16, Prof. Dariusz Skórczewski gave the talk Polish Narratives after 1989: A Case of Postcolonial Disavowal Dariusz Skórczewski is Associate Professor of Polish literature in the Institute of Polish Philology and Vice-Dean of the Humanities at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. His guest lecture focuses on the work of Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas, a contemporary Polish Muslim author. 

- On Nov. 12, Christina Kramer presented the keynote address “Macedonia: Cultural Crossroads” at the Canadian- Macedonian Historical Society 25th Anniversary Gala. On the 17th she presented this month she will present “Re- imaging Skopje: 1899-2016” at the annual meeting of the ASEEES in Washington, D.C.

- In collaboration with Ekran: Polish Film Festival the Polish Program organized a screening of Janusz Zaorski's film Generations (2016), a docudrama narrating several decades of Poland's postwar history through some of the most iconic scenes of Polish cinema. A screening was held, accompanied by the director's lecture and a Q&A. 

- The working group on puppets and animated objects met at the conference of the American Society For Theatre Research (ASTR) on November 3, 2016, in Minneapolis. The group was divided according to the topics discussed in the papers presented by its 14 members. - Prof. Veronika Ambros’s - paper focused on Prague Linguistic Circle's Concepts of Puppets and Objects.

- Prof. Marta Skwara (University of Szczecin, Poland) will deliver a lecture " Languages of Polish and Bi-Cultural Writers in Poland"

- University of British Columbia - Prof. Kate Holland was the co-organizer of the conference, "Crime and Punishment at 150," held at UBC, Vancouver, from October 20-22, 2016. The conference was the culmination of a year-long SSHRC funded international outreach project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Dostoevsky's novel. Graduate student Barnabas Kirk and undergraduate Calder Morton Ferguson gave papers at the conference. Conference Program.

- Prof. Dragana Obradović participated at a roundtable at the Nestuadt Prize for Literature in honour of the 2016 laureate, Dubravka Ugrešić, in Oklahoma on 26-29 October."

- Prof. Christina Kramer's translation of Lidija Dimkovska’s award-winning novel A Spare Life has been published by Two Lines Press. The translation has been called “an early gem” in the hunt for the Best Translated Fiction of 2017 award [keep your fingers crossed!]. To listen to a podcast of an author interview, follow this link.

- Prof. Tamara Trojanowska, together with author Eva Stachniak, and Toronto poets Shirley Camia and Robert Priest took part in a post-show talk – EMBODIED Poetry – Szymborska Today —  after Open Heart Surgery Theatre’s performance of This Is Why We Live at the Theatre Centre in Toronto on Oct. 8.

- Ph.D. student Alex Averbuch’s article, “Pasternak and Derzhavin: The Poetics of the Everyday ” was published in - Russian LiteratureMore info.

- The Slavic Linguistic Society conference was held on Sept. 23-25. The conference was hosted by the Slavic Department and the Dept. of Linguistics, and it was organized by Prof. Joseph Schallert. Conference Program.

- On Sept. 22, Prof. Andriy Danylenko gave a presentation of his book, From the Pantelejmon Kuliš (1819–97) and the Formation of Literary Ukrainian. More info.

- Prof. Veronika Ambros gave a talk in June at Tubingen, entitled: Vaclav Havels Poetik der Absenz

- On June 7, Professor Emeritus Lubomír Doležel was awarded the Wayne Booth award for his lifelong achievements. The ceremony took place in Amsterdam at the yearly narrativity conference luncheon. A panel of invited speakers, headed by Professor Emma Kafalenos, spoke about his - important contributions to the field. Prof. Veronika Ambros described "The many circles of - Lubomír Doležel."

- Prof. Kate Holland and a team of international Dostoevsky scholars were tweeting Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment from Raskolnikov's viewpoint during July.

- Prof. Tamara Trojanowska’s selection of and introduction to Roman Brandstaetter’s plays, Dzień gniewu. Dramaty [A Day of Wrath. Plays], was published by the Institute of Literary Research.

- Prof. Tamara Trojanowska’s essay on Tadeusz Różewicz has appeared in  the on-line Literary Encyclopedia, here.  

- In June 2016, Professor - Tamara Trojanowska, with Prof. Joanna Nizynska (Indiana U), presented at - the 6th International - Congress of Polonists in - Katowice, Poland: " Dla kogo - i jak pisać historię - literatury i kultury - polskiej za granicą?” [For - Whom and How One Should - Write A History of Polish - Culture Abroad?]

- Retired Professor Olga Bakich's book was just reviewed, here.

- Prof. Christina Kramer gave a talk entitled “Standard Language in Macedonia: Policy, Orthography, Ideology” at the International Symposium “Standard Language Ideology in the Slavic Lands” at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Centre of Hokkaido University in Sapporo Japan, August 5th.

- Prof. Kate Holland's Q&A with UofT's Arts & Science news about "Marking the 150th anniversary of the ultimate psychological novel: Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment" is available here.

- Prof. Dragana Obradovic presented a paper, "The Aesthetics and Ethics of Violent Family History in Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland" at the ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine, on June 28.  

- PhD student Barnabas Kirk is in the advanced class at  the - summer language seminar in - Ohrid. Here he is on television at the opening of the seminar.

- Former PhD student, Prof. Lonny Harrison (University of Texas at Arlington) has published a new book, Archetypes from Underground: Notes on the Dostoevskian Self from Wilfred Laurier University Press.

- Prof. Kate Holland presented a paper, "From Kairos to Chronos: Conflicting Temporalities in The Idiot" at the XVI Annual Symposium of the International Dostoevsky Society in Granada, Spain, on June 9.

- Prof. Kate Holland presented a paper, "Teaching Students how The Brothers Karamazov works," on the panel "Dostoevsky in the Classroom" at the Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Slavists in Calgary on May 30.

- Prof. Christina Kramer was featured in interviews with CTV News and Metro News Toronto for her participation in UofT's annual pronunciation boot camp, where she taught speakers at Convocation how to read the names of graduands. Watch the CTV interview. Read the Metro News article. UofT news article. The Star article.

- The story regarding the gift of the veterans to the Polish program has now been posted online. Please see the link. View photos.

- The 17th Annual Danylo Husar Struk Memorial Lecture took place on May 13. Mykola Riabchuk, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and currently a Fulbright Research Fellow at George Washington University in Washington DC delivered a talk entitled "Literary Criticism as Sacrilege: Turning the Iconostasis into a National Canon." Audio of the lecture. Pictures from the event. Video of the lecture.

- On Apr. 15-16, the 2016 Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies was held. Keynote lecture was given by Prof. Luba Golburt (UC Berkeley). Conference Program. View poster.

- Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky is attending the Knyzhkovyi Arsenal Book fair in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he is presenting the Ukrainian translation of his monograph, The All- Encompassing Eye of Ukraine: Ivan Nechui-Levyts'kyi's Realist Prose. More info.

- Prof. Anu Muhonen attended AAAL 2016 in Orlando, Florida (April 9-12, 2016) and gave a talk entitled, "Researching Multilingually in European Superdiversity: The Shifting Roles of the Ethnographer.”

- Prof. Kate Holland and Dr. Katherine Bowers of UBC have been awarded a SSHRC Connections Grant for 2016 for their project "Crime and Punishment at 150," an international outreach series and conference dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. More info.

- On Apr. 1, the Slavic Dept. held its annual talent show. View poster. View photos.

- On Mar. 29, Dr. Justyna Zych organized a screening of the Polish movie Różyczka (Little Rose), by Jan Kidawa-Błoński, for the students of the Polish Program.

- On Mar. 22, the third meeting of the Polish Book Club, led by Dr. Justyna Zych, took place.

- On Mar. 19, Dr. Justyna Zych organized a meeting with Andrew Borkowski, Polish- Canadian writer, for the students of the Polish Program at UofT. Andrew Borkowski led a guided tour in Roncesvalles Village, a Polish neighbourhood in Toronto, and talked about his book Copernicus Avenue.

- On Mar. 17, Natalia Khanenko- Friesen gave a book presentation: Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland, and Folk Imagination in the Twentieth Century. View poster.

- Prof. Veronika Ambros gave a talk on Feb. 11 at Luella Massey Studio Theatre Pre-Show Talk, entitled "Buchty a Loutky – Tradition, Continuity and Innovation in Central European Puppetry.”

- On Feb. 23, the second meeting of the Polish Book Club, led by Dr. Justyna Zych, took place.

- PhD Candidate Joseph Schlegel has published "The Shapes of Poetry: Andrei Bely's Poetics in Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift" in Slavic and East European Journal 59.4 (2015): 565-584.

- On Feb. 11, students of the Polish Program participated in the opening of the exhibition Fighting Poland at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

- On Feb. 9, Dr. Justyna Zych organized a special event, "Polish Politeness & Savoir- vivre" for all the students of the Polish Program at UofT.

- On Jan. 26, the first meeting of the Polish Book Club, lead by Dr. Justyna Zych, took place.

- Prof. Kate Holland has a chapter in the new book, Dostoevsky in Context, just out from Cambridge University Press. More info.

- On January 19, the Polish program held the event: Polish Language Games.

- Prof. Ann Komaromi has developed an Electronic Archive for Collections at the University of Toronto Libraries.  It is the "Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat." Visit it here. Read more.

- On Dec. 8, the Polish Program - held the event: Wigilia - - Christmas Meeting for Students - of the Polish Program

- On Dec. 4, Prof. Edyta Bojanowska (Rutgers University) gave a talk entitled “Pineapples in Petersburg, Cabbage  Soup on - the Equator: Imperialism, - Globalization, and Ivan Goncharov’s Travels in Asia.” 

- On Dec. 8, Prof. Tamara Trojanowska presented a 45- minute paper during a one-day colloquium, titled, “Witkacy: Soul and Form”, organized by the The Hejna Chair in Polish Language and Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, upon the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s birth.

- Prof. Kate Holland delivered a paper, "Fathers and Sons and - the Cronotope of the Idyll" on the panel, Turgenev: Fiction in the Age of Disintegration, at the ASEEES conference.

- Prof. Kate Holland has had a chapter entitled "From the Prehistory of Russian Novel Theory: Alexander Veselovsky and Fyodor Dostoevsky on the Modern Novel's Roots in Folklore and Legend," published in Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, edited by Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov, New York: Fordham University Press, December 2015. More info.

- Prof. Kate Holland is now the - Literature and Culture Book Editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers: Revue canadienne des slavistes.

- Many of our Faculty members participated in the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 2015 Convention from Thursday, Nov. 19, to Sunday, Nov. 22, in Philadelphia, PA. View program.

- Prof. Veronika Ambros participated at the Modernist Studies Association conference on  Modernism and Revolution in Boston on Nov. 19-22 in two panels on Modernist Mysteriums She also presented a paper titled "The Mystery Impulse and Morality Turn in Modernist Dramatic Experiments: Creation, Procreation, Soul, Consciousness, and Salvation in Karel Čapek’s R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots) and Halpern Leivick’s Der Goylem."

- Prof. Joseph Schallert presented a paper entitled “Conev’s Macedonians: the emigré dialect of Derekjoj/Voden in southeastern Bulgaria” (Преселнически македонски говор на село Дерек’ оj/Воден во jугоисточна Бугариjа) at the 9th Macedonian North American Conference on Macedonian Studies, which took place at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago, November 12-14, 2015.

- On Nov. 16, the unique film Powstanie Warszawskie - (Warsaw Uprising), made entirely from documentary materials of the original chronicles, was presented at the Slavic Department. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the director Jan Komasa.

- Prof. Christina Kramer presented a paper “Greetings from Skopje: Cultural Narratives and Public Space” at the Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies, University of Chicago, on November 14th. 

- On Nov. 5, the Slavic Dept. presented Ellen Elias-Bursać “Tug-of-War: Negotiating Meaning through Translating and Interpreting at a War Crimes Tribunal.” View poster.

- On Nov. 5, the Polish Program organized a special event of Polish board games for students interested in Polish language and culture.

- Prof. Christina Kramer presented a paper “Balkan Crossings: Lidija Dimkovska’s A Spare Life” at the American LIterary Translators’ Assoc. meeting in Tucson, Arizona, on Oct. 31.

- Prof. Dragana Obradovic and Prof. Christina Kramer are again in the news for their creation of the language Lavinian for the play Butcher by Nicolas Billon. Butcher, which premiered last year in Alberta, is now being staged across Canada. The play is currently playing at Theatre Centre in Toronto. 

- Prof. Tamara Trojanowska took part in the post-show panel discussion of Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka’s performance, Chopin Without Piano (with Bassem Akiki conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia), in Philadelphia on October 31.

- On Saturday, October 24, the students of the Polish Program at UofT went to the International Festival of Authors in Harbourfront Centre to attend the interview with Witold Szabłowski, famous Polish journalist and writer who talked about his book "Zabójca z miasta moreli" (translated into English as The Assassin from Apricot City).

- An audio recording recording of a presentation by Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky entitled "Redundantly Repetitive Repeated Repetition, or A Restrictive Resource to Represent and Regulate Rhythm?" about Repetition in the works of Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi is available. Also available is a PDF file of the PowerPoint presentation accompanying the talk.

- Congratulations to the students who won Finnish Studies Scholarships for 2015-16 at the Evening with Finnish Studies on October 20th. View recipients.

- Prof. Christina Kramer and Prof. Dragana Obradovic thank everyone for their help and support in their shoe-drive for Refugees in Europe. FedEx has picked up the boxes, and with luck, the shoes will be at their destination by Wednesday next week. We could not have done it without the generous support given by students Ian Garner, Özlem Aslan, Lukasz Wodzynski, and Philip Lazarevic.

- Prof. Dragana Obradovic has recently published an article titled "The Headscarf on Screen: Gender, Religion, and Subjectivity in Aida Begić’s Children” in Luaren Lydic and Bertrand Westphal (eds.), Le silence et la parole au lendemain des guerres yougoslaves (Press Universitaires de Limoges, 2015).

- Prof. Donna Orwin participated as a discussant at a graduate student conference on philosoph and literature on Oct. 16-17 at Princeton University.

- On Oct. 20, The Evening with Finnish Studies and the Finnish Studies 2015-16 Awards Ceremony took place. It was followed by the lecture “The Eternal Lure of the Kalevala” delivered by Professor emeritus Borje Vahamaki. View poster.

- On Oct. 13, Dr. Michael Beizer will lead the discussion / workshop: A Jewish Look at Russian Literature, or, How Russian Literature Illuminates Jewish History. View poster.

- On Oct. 8, Matvei Yankelevich gave the lecture The Desk Drawer & The Window: Toward Translating the Manuscript Production of Daniil Kharms. View poster.

- Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky recently gave a talk at the Shevhchenko Scientific Society on Ivan Nechui Levytskyi. Watch it here. (The talk is in in Ukrainian).

- On Oct. 5, the Slavic Department Award Ceremony was held. Congratulations to the recipients! See photos.

- Prof. Veronika Ambros has recently published an article titled "Jakobson: The Experimental Stage and the Beginnings of Multimedia Theory“ in Kubíček Tomáš, Lass, Andrew (eds). Roman O. Jakobson: A Work in Progress. Olomouc, Palacký, UP, 2014, 183-193.

- Prof. Veronika Ambros - participated in two round tables at the V. Congress of Bohemian/Czech Studies, which took place in Prague on July 1-3 and presented her paper, "Svejk's anabasis from Prague to Berlin and California and back again. Dramatic Transformations of the Novel."

- Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky gave a talk on Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi, the subject of his recent monograph, at a Shevchenko Scientific Society evening lecture in St. Vladimir's Institute in Toronto on September 25.

- On September 22, the Polish Program organized a special event of Polish trivia for all the students attending Polish language courses at UofT.

- Prof. Joseph Schallert has recently published an article titled "(Con)fusion of e- and i- Verb Present Stem Vowels in the Lower Vardar Macedonian Konikovo Gospel". The article appeared in Balkanistica, vol. 28, a festschrift volume in honor of the eminent Balkan linguist Prof. Victor Friedman, of the University of Chicago, upon the occasion of his retirement." 

- A new review of Prof. Leonid Livak's book on the Russian avant-garde in Paris has appeared in the Moscow Review of Books. You can read it here.


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