Roundtable Discussion: War, Literature and History
Led by Millicent Vladiv-Glover, with Olga Elena Ryygas, Elena Bystrova, Harry Buchanan, Lara Jakica, and Nicholas Ulbrick
Monday July 25, 2pm–4pm AWST.

This panel will try to explore the effects of the war in Ukraine on literature and culture—teaching, research, publishing. How do we approach the major writers of a nation which is committing crimes against humanity? How do we discriminate between art and life? Some of the panel participants are on the ground, near the war zone; some are in the Russian Federation, where the war cannot be mentioned; some have a life-long engagement with the European literary canon, of which Russian authors are an integral part; some are investigating the sociology of religious belief in Russia today; all are facing the problematic future of cultural communication and dissemination, which has suddenly become a clash of civilizations. 

Amid Russia’s war on Ukraine, an urgent task is the preservation of our common heritage and shared cultural history, which is being thrashed out of existence in tandem with the devastation wreaked in Ukraine by the Russian forces. Cultural values must be disseminated: without dissemination culture dies. At the same time, dissemination must be ethical – without distortions of cultural documents and ideological appropriations, without myths replacing scientific interpretation of data.

This event is free and online. Please register below to receive a link to the event.


Participant biographies
Dr Millicent Vladiv-Glover is Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, Chief Editor of The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review, and President of the Australian Dostoevsky Society.
Olga Elena Ryygas is Adjunct Associate of the Sociology Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and was a contributor to Echo of Moscow (Эхо Москвы).
Elena Bystrova teaches Russian Literature at Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University.
Harry Buchanan is the author of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: An Aesthetic Interpretation
Dr Lara Jakica is the Secretary of Cross Cultural Community Connections, and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Monash University.
Nicholas Ulbrick is the Vice President of the Australian Dostoevsky Society.