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  • ANN: THE PRIGOV ENCYCLOPEDIA: THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL PRIGOV SYMPOSIUM

    THE PRIGOV ENCYCLOPEDIA:
    THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL PRIGOV SYMPOSIUM

    St. Petersburg, May 16-18, 2016, Institute of Russian Literature at the Russian Academy of Science (The Pushkin House), Makarov Embankment, 4.

    The Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House, Russian Academy of Sciences), the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum, and the Prigov Foundation announce the 6th International Prigov Symposium to be held in St. Petersburg, May 16-18, 2016. The encyclopedia and encyclopedic knowledge is the central theme of this symposium. Since the Enlightenment, the main means of imparting the human knowledge a systemic character, the encyclopedia has been reconsidered by the 20th century’s thinkers as a utopian discourse and as a vehicle of imaginary worlds. This reinterpretation of the encyclopedia triggered the need to systematize creative and scholarly approaches in search of the perfect language (to use Umberto Eco’s formula). Seen in this context, Prigov’s oeuvre represents possibilities of the language and various media in the production of universalizing discourses, each displaying encyclopedic ambition to embrace the entire world. We invite papers focusing on Prigov’s treatment of the encyclopedic discourse and discussing his interpretation of relationships between the word and the image, expansion of genres into various medial spheres, as well as Prigov’s global life-long creative project, which by itself constitutes the “encyclopedia of the Russian life”.

    Presenters are allocated 20 minutes each + 5 min. for comments and questions after each presentation.

    Papers will be presented in Russian and English.

    A limited number of travel grants of up to $500 are available upon admission to the conference program. Accommodation for 3 nights will be provided and partially covered.

    Please send your abstract (300 words) and a short bio to d.a.prigov2016@yandex.ru.

    The deadline is April 10, 2016.

    On behalf of the Symposium organizing committee,
    Natalia Semenova,
    Secretary of the committee