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

Feb 10, 12:30pm PST: Dr Vadim Shneyder (UCLA), “Dostoevsky’s Capitalist Realism, or Why Money Doesn’t Burn in The Idiot,” hosted by the University of British Columbia Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies | Link for more details and registration

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

And more to come!


Past talks


Thu, Dec 9 2021


“Temporality in Dostoevsky’s Imperial Imagination” by Dr Kate Holland (University of Toronto)

Hosted by the University of Bristol Department of Czech and Russian


Weds, Nov 17 2021


Dr Andrew D Kaufman (U of Virginia) in conversation with Dr Robin Feuer Miller about “The Gambler Wife: A True Story of Love, Risk, and the Woman Who Saved Dostoyevsky”

Hosted by the Brandeis University Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature


Weds, Oct 20 2021


“The Lives of Characters in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy” by Dr Chloë Kitzinger (Rutgers)

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


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


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


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


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


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