XХII Fulbright Humanities Summer School "National Classics in Global Transit: New Challenges for Literary Studies"

XХII Fulbright Humanities Summer School "National Classics in Global Transit: New Challenges for Literary Studies" took place in State Museum of L. N. Tolstoy, on June 24-26, 2019. The school was organized by Tatyana Venediktova, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program of 1994-1995 and 2012-2013. Tatyana, professor at the Moscow State University, has been organizing Fulbright Summer Schools in Humanities for many years.

The Summer School addressed the journeys of classical texts within and across cultural boundaries. The participants focused on discussing concrete case studies, for example, the journeys taken in cultural space by those classics of the XIXth century whose centennials take place in 2019: Ivan Turgenev, George Elliot, Walt Whitman, and Herman Melville. Scholars from many Russian cities have gathered for the event - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Nalchik, representing a variety of universities - Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics, Kazan Federal University and others. Among them were many alumni of the Fulbright Program, such as Artyom Zubov, Tatiana Alenkina, Olga Anzyferova, Natalya Mukhina and Anna Shvets.

The school featured a prominent guest - Jacob Emery, Ph.D. in Slavic Studies, Associate Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, author of a multitude of articles about Russian literature. Professor Emery kindly shared his impressions about the School:

"An international airport seems like a very appropriate place for a scholar of comparative literature to contemplate “Literary Classics in Global Transit,” and so I write these words from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, where I am waiting for a delayed flight. Truth be told, I would much rather be back at the State Tolstoy Museum discussing that theme with the extraordinary group of scholars and teachers who gathered there for Moscow State University’s annual Summer School in the Humanities. Rarely have I participated in a conference boasting so much energy and breadth of conversation. More than my opening address on “The World in Literature” I appreciated the vital and stimulating questions from my audience, and best of all were the wide-ranging and intense conversations at my two seminars, “’Tolstoevsky’ in America” and “Class and the Classics,” which sparked inquiries into topics from pastiche to intersectionality to the place of fan fiction in the classroom. Other offerings went far beyond my expertise: standouts included a dialogue on Ezra Pound, lively roundtables on canonization and the writing of authors into historical fiction, a fascinating series of presentations on teaching nonRussian literature at both the school and university level, a conversation on staging classic texts and theatrical adaptations with renowned director Aleksei Lavinsky, and Mikhail Stroganov’s talk on profanations of the classics—especially the astonishing musical tributes to Pushkin’s Dubrovsky. I would gladly have stayed for longer, since there was a lot more learning and thinking yet to do in that company — but at least here in the airport I have plenty of time to read the books I picked up during my stay in Moscow."

More photos and videos of the School are available on the MSU's Department of Discourse and Communication Studies website.

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