At the end of October, professors of Voronezh State University, Sergey Savinkov and Andrey Faustov, paid a visit to the University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) where they presented their reports at the conference “"Idiot" and more: Dostoevsky’s writing and his contexts.”
The conference was held at the Slavic Department and was headed by Professor Matthias Freise. Among the participants were acknowledged specialists in Russian literature from Germany, Hungary, China, and Russia. One of the most eminent speakers was the well-known specialist in contemporary narratology, Wolf Schmid (Hamburg), and the leading Hungarian academic specialising in Russian culture and the writings of Mikhail Lermontov and Feodor Dostoevsky in particular, Professor Katalin Kroo (Budapest).
The programme of the visit also included a meeting with a group of Voronezh master’s students who are completing a double-degree programme in Göttingen “Russian Literature in the European Context” and postgraduate students from Göttingen who had graduated from Voronezh State University.
What is more, our delegation negotiated with the German colleagues the content of the agreement on the launch of the network bachelor's programme “World literature” and its curriculum. They also agreed to publish the proceedings of the conference by the VSU Publishing House edited by Matthias Freise and Andrey Faustov.