The 2019 COSEELIS annual conference is coming back to Oxford! It will take place on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2019 at St Anne’s college.
This year we hope to have a rich and interesting programme and invite researchers from Oxford to tell us that they are working on. We have a tentative agreement of Emeritus Professor C. Catherine L. Andreyev to give us a talk, and we are in conversation with other Oxford academics about their possible contributions.
We invite our colleagues to come up with ideas for papers, presentations or round tables. There is no one theme, but this might change, as we see your suggestions. We will be pleased and interested to hear from you more about the collections and projects that you are working on, as well as your research. As usual, we would also like to talk about important every-day activities or any other special projects that you might have and find the themes that are of most interest to our participants. We invite suggestions from all of you on the topics and themes of your interest.
Please note that due to strict cancellation policy of St Anne’s College and a non-refundable deposit that we have to pay, we ask all delegates to return registration forms by 1 April 2019. By returning the form, you are making a firm booking and committing to payment. Cancelled bookings will incur cancellation fees in keeping with the cancellation policy (see the registration from). Payment must be received by 30 April 2019. The registration form and a draft programme will follow soon – we hope to get many interesting proposals.
The papers of the writers Leonid Andreev (Andreyev) (1871-1919) – perhaps best known outside Russia for his wonderful Autochrome colour photographs – and Ivan Bunin (1870-1953), the first Russian to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1933) are the two of the Archive’s foundation Russian collections.
Both writers have been the focus of much Leeds-based research and publication activity, including 5 volumes so far of a projected 23-volume critical edition of Andreyev and several volumes of Bunin’s unpublished works, notebooks and correspondence.
Both of the writers are also available in recently published English language translations. Hugh Aplin, held a Leverhulme Trust research post in the Leeds Russian Archive in the 1980s, before becoming Head of Russian at Westminster School, and he has translated many Russian authors for Alma Books, whose founders also have longstanding links with the Archive. So it is very gratifying that these Leeds strands have come together in advance of the centenary of Andreyev’s death in 2019 and the celebration of 150 years since Bunin’s and Andreyev’s births in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Andreyev Bunin in English
Here is wonderful news from the US – the directory has been updated and available online (see: The Russian Empire and Soviet Union. A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States/ by Steven A. Grant and John H. Brown; Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Wilson Center. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1981). We congratulate Erika Weir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Steve Grant on this achievement.
Janet Hartley’s guides (Guide to documents and manuscripts in the United Kingdom relating to Russia and the Soviet Union and Guide to documents and manuscripts in the Irish Republic relating to Russia and the Soviet Union) were published in 1987 and 1994 respectively. Is there a need and appetite for updating and digitising? How one can start a project like this? Something to talk about at the COSEELIS conference in Oxford (4-5 July 2019, St Anne’s College)?
Views and comments are welcome.
We are very pleased to congratulate Dr Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa of UCL SSEES Library on joining the COSEELIS Committee. We are looking forward to working with Vlad!
Tomorrow and Friday, Cambridge will be the venue of the 2018 COSEELIS conference. The COSEELIS conference always ends with a tour of a local collection, and this year our delegates will visit the University Library (UL) to see some of the pieces being used for the on-going virtual exhibition Revolution: the First Bolshevik Year. A few recently used exhibits are shown here. The exhibition makes use of one of the great treasures of the UL’s Slavonic collections – the Catherine Cooke collection of Russian architecture and design.
Earlier this year, we had the privilege of announcing the wonderful news of a forthcoming donation of a collection of staggering proportions that will join the Cooke collection to make the Cambridge “one of the leading centres in the world for the study of late Imperial and early Soviet art and design” (Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian). This is the library of the eminent art historian Professor John Bowlt (shown here in the UL with his wife Professor Nicoletta Misler). Please read more about this amazing news here: https://europeancollections.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/the-bowlt-misler-collection-russian-and-soviet-art-history/
We look forward to receiving the Bowlt-Misler collection in a few years’ time. Its contents will doubtless be enjoyed by COSEELIS delegates of the future.
Slavonic Specialist, Cambridge University Library