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Symposium: Drugs, Politics and Society in the Global South

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 09:00 to Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 17:00
The Investcorp Auditorium, St Antony's College

More than ever, the issue of drugs and debates around drug policy have become relevant to the political debate across the globe.

Dennis Rodgers (Amsterdam)
Gernot Klantschnig (York)
Giulia Zocatelli (King's College London)
Isaac Campos (Cincinnati)
James Mills (Strathclyde)
James Windle (East London)
Maziyar Ghiabi (Oxford)
Neil Carrier (Oxford)
Orkideh Behrouzan (King's College London)
Pablo Seward (Stanford)
Saeyoung Park (Leiden)
Anais Medeiros Passos (Sciences Po)

The Russian Novel in the 21st Century

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 17:30
Nissan Lecture Theatre

Igor Shaitanov (Literary Secretary of the Russian Booker Prize): Contemporary Russian fiction in the mirror of the Russian Booker.

Elena Chizhova (novelist): The ongoing fascination in the Russian novel with the Soviet past.

Elena Chizhova (novelist)
Aleksandr Snegiryov (novelist)
Igor Shaitanov (Literary Secretary of the Russian Booker Prize)