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History Talk: the French Language in Russia [In French]

Thursday 18 July 18:45-20:00

Dr Vladislav Rjéoutski is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Moscow. He will present a book he co-wrote: The French Language in Russia, which recounts the adoption of the French language by the elites of imperial Russia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

About the book
The French Language in Russia is interdisciplinary, approaching its subject from the angles of various kinds of history and historical sociolinguistics. Beyond its bearing on some of the grand narratives of Russian thought and literature, this book may afford more general insight into the social, political, cultural, and literary implications and effects of bilingualism in a speech community over a long period. It should also enlarge understanding of francophonie as a pan-European phenomenon. On the broadest plane, it has significance in an age of unprecedented global connectivity, for it invites us to look beyond the experience of a single nation and the social groups and individuals within it in order to discover how languages and the cultures and narratives associated with them have been shared across national boundaries.

The French Language in Russia. A Social, Political, Cultural, and Literary History , by Derek Offord, Vladislav Rjéoutski and Gesine Argent (Amsterdam University Press: 2018).
With support from the Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau.

Available here.

Event Details

History Talk: the French Language in Russia
Thursday, 18 July 2019 | 6.45 - 8.00pm
Talk in French, followed by Q&A in English & French
FREE & Open to all

Institut français d’Ecosse
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

Book directly online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 or ifecosse.edimbourg-cslt diplomatie.gouv.fr

IFE Membership and Discount Rates
While this event is free and open to all, the Institut programmes many members only events and offers discounted member rates at other events. Find out more about becoming a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.

Photo: Amsterdam University Press.

Institut Français Écosse 2019