Head of the Organising Committee
Sanna Turoma
sanna.turoma [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Coordinator
Kaarina Aitamurto
kaarina.aitamurto [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Secretary
Maarit Elo-Valente
maarit.elo-valente [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Intern
Miikka Piiroinen
miikka.piiroinen [at] helsinki.fi

Conference e-mail:
fcree-aleksconf [at] helsinki.fi

The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358-(0)50-3565 802

aleksanteri [at] helsinki.fi


Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Tatiana Artemyeva (Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia)

Modern Russian Literature's Social Diagnoses and Prognoses

Russian literature has always been sensitive to social changes. It was especially active in the time of hopes and disappointments, that is the last twenty five years. The paper will be based on modern Russian utopian/anti-utopian literature models and the development of images of the future that becomes less distant and more and more pessimistic. Many of them describe the nearest future that is reachable by living generations (2027 in "Oprichnik's Day" and its sequel "The Sugar Kremlin", the mid-21st century in "Snowstorm" and "Telluria", all by Vladimir Sorokin, 2033 in "Metro 2033" by Dmitrii Glukhovskii, "a new age", that is about 2020s in "A Net" by Aleksandr Tyurin and Aleksandr Shegolev, 2017 in "2017" by Olga Slavnikova, etc.). They describe a state terrorism, an autarchy behind the Great Wall that separates Russia from Europe, a nuclear or ecological catastrophe, Orthodox and even Muslim theocracy, fragmentation of Russia into dozens of independent states, etc. Victor Pelevin's novels describe a reality where politics as well as all aspects of social life are artificial, and human understanding of what is happening around is just a result of developed technologies or transcendental essences. Some futurological prognoses become now ominously realistic, like "The Third Empire: Russia As It Should Be" (2007) by Mikhail Yuryev. The novel represents a historical description made in 2054. The history of the new Russian Empire is described as the process of assembling the former lands of Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union and some other countries. Particularly impressive is a description how Crimea, eastern and southern parts of Ukraine, never considered as parts of the Western civilization, turned to Russia for a military help.