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Grandfather Frost and the Old New Year: Russian Christmas Rosamund Bartlett Thursday 12 December 2019

Where better to spend Yuletide than in snowy Russia?  Imagine yourself wrapped in furs, speeding along in a troika, bells ringing, as you come home from church after celebrating the end of the 40 day Christmas fast.  This lecture explores the traditional religious and folk customs associated with Christmas in Russia before the Revolution, the secular celebrations introduced to Russia by Peter the Great, the drastic changes introduced in Soviet times by Stalin and what Christmas means to Russians today.

Rosamund Bartlett has a Doctorate from Oxford and has held senior university posts, most recently at the European University Institute in Florence.  She specialises in comparative study of art, music and literature and is currently writing a book on the Russian Avant-Gards and European Modernism.