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Light on Russia 2021

Annual event of the Dutch Institute

Light on Russia 2021

10 december, 15:00, Leiden University 

Light on Russia 2021

"Russia: unknown unloved?"

Location: Leiden University, Lipsius, Cleveringaplaats 1, rooms 003, 005, 011

The Dutch Institute in Saint Petersburg (Nederlands Instituut in Sint-Petersburg, NIP) is a part of the network of Dutch Scientific Institutes Abroad (NWIB) and supported by the universities of Amsterdam (UvA and VU), Utrecht, Groningen, Leiden and Radboud. In addition to various activities in Saint Petersburg, the NIP organizes a recurring annual debate about Russia in the Netherlands. In 2021 the event will be organized at Leiden University in cooperation with NESO Russia.

This year, during the Light on Russia various aspects of Russian society, culture and history will be discussed.

The Dutch Institute will present its programs in Russia for Dutch students and scholars and NESO Russia will give an update for Russian students and alumni in the Netherlands. The NIP- and NESO meetings will be followed by a discussion about Russian and Dutch stereotypes in both countries.

After that Dutch and Russian will shed light on some aspects of Russian art, culture, and history, and try to share their own reflection on the famous Dutch proverb onbekend is onbemind: is Russia unknown and that’s why unloved?


Russia: unknown unloved?

15:00             Meetings for the students

Location: Room 003

NIP presents: ‘Discovering Russia, its language and culture’

meeting for Dutch students about the possibilities and programmes offered by Dutch Institute Petersburg

Location: Room 005

Nuffic NESO Russia: «How to build up your career in the Netherlands after studies»;  

meeting for Russian students and alumni in the Netherlands

15:30              Coffee break

15:40              Russian and Dutch stereotypes in various perspectives, talks by Christian Hagedorn and Maria Bloemarts-Kharitonova, followed by the quiz about Russia and the Netherlands

16: 40            Coffee break

17:10             Dr. Jos Schaeken (Leiden University). ‘Peter’s Bible: An unfortunate chapter in Dutch-Russian cultural relations under Peter the Great’

17:35             Dr. Sjeng Scheijen (Leiden University), ‘Revolutionaries in the china shop! How Avant-garde artists made porcelain into a platform for radical innovation’.

18:00               Dr. Sergei Podbolotov (European University St Petersburg), ‘Monarchists against the Tsar Nicholas II: The Crisis of the Russian Monarchy before the Revolution’.

18:25              Closing remarks, prizes for the winners of the quiz.

The chance to discuss the afternoon’s lectures, as well as an interactive quiz with the audience, including interesting prizes to take home!