About Russian Readings
Russian Readings is a series of seminars and workshops taking place at the world’s leading universities, as well as Russian and East European studies centres, which brings together academics and practitioners interested in current social, urban and political developments in Russia.
Russian Readings was launched in 2018 with flagship seminars at the University of Leeds and at the University of Oxford (organised in partnership with the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies), covering the issues of media and urban activism.
Russian Readings is supported by the Oxford Russian Fund — a UK charity, established in 2005 with an aim of improving the quality of higher education in Russian Federation. To achieve this the Oxford Russia Fund provides scholarships to students and awards grants to educational establishments.
Russian Readings aims to provide a platform for high-quality academic debate, knowledge production and policy making in contemporary and future Russia.
Another goal of Russian Readings is to bring together the potential of Slavonic/East European experts both from Russia and from abroad.
Russian Readings looks to utilise the knowledge of both theoreticians and practitioners to create a space for structured and informed debates.
Oxford Russia Fund was founded in 2005 with the goal of supporting education in Russia. The Oxford Russia Fund provides students from Russia with the opportunity to study both at home and abroad. The Fund prioritises social sciences and other fields of the humanities and develops students critical thinking skills — a quality vital for free citizens.
British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES) is the UK-based learned society for Russia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union studies. The associations most important event is the annual conference that held usually in Cambridge in spring. The conferences draws over 400 participants from the UK, continental and Eastern Europe, Russia and North America. BASEES acts on behalf of its members when they interact with the government, other associations and with individual universities.
University of Leeds is part of the Russell Group, an associations of leading UK universities and a top international university in the north of the UK. The Russian department at the University of Leeds was opened in 1917. Ever since the university has had a vibrant community of scholars studying all aspects of Russian culture and society.