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A story of amazing transformations of the Russian language, its speakers and their communities outside Russia in the post-Soviet period.

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Each year the University hosts a series of inaugural lectures given by Professors or Chairs newly appointed by the University. The speakers give an illuminating overview of their contribution to their field.

Lara Ryanzanova-Clarke is the Director of the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre. She is also Professor and Head of Russian in the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

In her Inaugural Lecture for the University, Lara will be exploring the amazing transformations of the Russian language, its speakers and their communities outside Russia in the post-Soviet period. For centuries, Russian was the main language of one state. The collapse of the Soviet Union, which occurred simultaneously with the acceleration of globalisation, changed dramatically the status quo. Currently, almost the same number of Russian speakers live outside the Russian Federation as within it. The lecture develops the notion of ‘liquid Russian’ and explores the new phenomenon of global Russophonie and its linguistic, political and socio-cultural consequences.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception. Tickets for the event are free but must be booked in advance.

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