CFP: June workshop: Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet literary ties

Work on drama/theatre/performance will be especially welcome!

Dear colleagues,
Please consider participating in an exploratory workshop this summer:
"Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet Literary Ties"
Saint Petersburg State University
St Petersburg, Russia
20-22 June 2013

Going beyond simple "influence studies," contributions could address such topics as:
* Russian or Soviet education and cultural policy in the Levant and later the broader Arab world;
* histories and theories of translation and reception;
* the role of Afro-Asian Writers' Conferences;
* the roles played by Central Asian literatures and writers in mediating between Arabic and Russian literary worlds;
* patterns and ethnographies of Arab-Soviet study abroad in the humanities;
* personal processes/histories of Russian-Arabic intercultural literary appropriation
* the available sources, lacunae, and methodological challenges of studying any of these issues.

The workshop is organized as a joint initiative by the Faculty of Asian and African Studies at the Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), Boston University Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature (USA), and the Department of Arabic in the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews (Scotland).

The workshop languages are English, Russian and Arabic.
Participation in the workshop will be free of charge. However, no additional financial support can be provided; participants are asked to arrange their visa, travel and accommodations on their own.

Please send 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2013, or questions before that, to the organizing committee: Dr Margaret Litvin,, Dr Kirill Dmitriev,, and Dr Mikhail Suvorov,