North American Dostoevsky Society Bicentennial Speaker Series

This year, the North American Dostoevsky Society is pleased to announce a virtual speaker series to celebrate Dostoevsky’s bicentennial in 2021. The series will include talks throughout 2020-21 and 2021-22 organized by or featuring North American Dostoevsky Society members! We are excited about this line up!

All are welcome at the events with registration. Registration details will be posted and announced as they are available.

If you would like to co-host or co-sponsor a talk in the series, please get in touch!


Future talks

Date TBD: Dr Chloë Kitzinger (Rutgers), hosted by the University of Toronto Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Dec 9, 6pm (UK time): Dr Kate Holland (University of Toronto), hosted by the University of Bristol Department of Russian

Date TBD: Dr Vadim Shneyder (UCLA), hosted by the University of British Columbia Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies

Date TBD: Dr Greta Matzner-Gore (University of Southern California), hosted by the University of Bristol Department of Russian

And more to come!


Past talks

Thurs, Oct 29 2020

“Selling the Story: Balzac, Dostoevsky, and Economic Criticism” by Dr Jonathan Paine (Wolfson College, Oxford).

Hosted by the Davis Center and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University



Mon, Nov 23 2020

“Dostoevsky’s Gothic Novel: Writing Fear in The Idiot” by Dr Katherine Bowers (University of British Columbia)

Hosted by the University of Toronto Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


Tues, Jan 26 2021

“Road, River, and Book: the Russian Literary Underworld” by Dr Barbara Henry (University of Washington)

Hosted by the University of British Columbia Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies


Weds, Apr 7 2021

“Dostoevsky’s Incarnational Realism: A Book Talk with Dr Paul Contino (Pepperdine University)”

Hosted by the Fordham University Orthodox Studies Christian Center with support from the Fordham Russian Forum


Thank you to all our speakers, hosts, and sponsors!