Activities of the members: Damiano Rebecchini

Damiano Rebecchini, from the Università degli Studi di Milano, organizes a roundtable on the 20th of November entitled “Towards a History of Reading in Modern Russia”. Upon the Annual Convention of the Association of Slavic, East European, Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Philadelphia, Richard S. Wortman (Columbia University), Jeffrey S. Brooks (John Hopkins University), Damiano Rebecchini (Università degli Studi di Milano), Raffaella Vassena (Università degli Studi di Milano), and Kirill Ospovat (Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg) will speak about a project which aims at the compilation of the first history of reading in Russia. The project was launched a few years ago at Milan University by Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena and will bring together a number of reading specialists from Russia, the United States and Europe.

The roundtable at ASEEES will focus in particular on the use of different sources for a history of reading. Damiano Rebecchini will present some reflections on a particular source: the catalogues of the private libraries and the catalogues of the circulating libraries. Raffaella Vassena will talk about the letters of readers to great Russian novelists (Dostoevsky and Tolstoy) as a source for the study of reading in 19th Century Russia. Jeffrey brooks will present a paper on the reading of Children Literature in early Soviet Union. Kirill Ospovat will talk about a new approach to the history of reading in Russia in the 18th century.

For more information: Locandina Towards a History of Reading in Modern Russia-1

News of the project Reading in Europe

During the « Nuit Européenne des Chercheurs », on the 27th of September, Gautier Michelin has spoken about the future european database about reading experiments. It was also the occasion to present different viewpoints of the project and to discuss with the public. Follow this link for more information:

Moreover, the project Reading in Europe has a new website to which will host the future database: