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In Memoriam: Galina Kruberg
In Memoriam: George Bisztray

 


April 2014


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
AH400
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 (
ian.garner@utoronto.ca) for details.
View program.

 


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: http://conference.complit.utoronto.ca/Joy/


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 Rudaw.net 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 dragana.obradovic@utoronto.ca


November 25-26

Prof.
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.


Nov
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
SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF CANADA and SERBIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY OF CANADA COMMEMORATING The 200th Birthday Anniversary of Bishop, Prince, Poet PETAR II PETROVIĆ NJEGOŠ
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

http://ekran.ca/
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.

Presentations:

“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): http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/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
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Victoria College 115
Renata Gorczyńska's lecture: Brother Theologian: The Concept of Sin in Czeslaw Milosz's Poetry.


October 17, 7-9 p.m
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Alumni Hall 107
Let's Play Polish Games! Space is limited! Please register: piotr.kajak@utoronto.ca


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. www.utac.utoronto.ca

For more information on the exhibition  Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism , visit http://www.utac.utoronto.ca/current-exhibitions/308-framing-narratives-renaissance-to-modernism.

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
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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.
For more information, click
here.


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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