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"Language and Folklore of political protest movement in contemporary Russia: ideas, icons, symbols, phraseology" Lecture by Andrej Moroz, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia

The visit of Andrej Moroz is organised in collaboration with Francesca Biagini from the Department of Interpreting and Translation.

Mar 13, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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Protest actions begun in December 2011 in Russia have been provoked by falsification of election results. Political protest changed its character after May 2012 (Putin's election and the suppression of the demonstration of 6.05.2013 in Moscow).

During this first period the protest movement had mainly joking nature. Protest rallies stood out with a great number of placards and other tangible forms of protest produced by the participants as well as with performances. Placards often contained encoded utterances and were addressed to the protesters rather than to their opponents, so the former had to decipher the implication.

Their goal was to identify likeminded people, not to formulate political demands. During these performance-like rallies, different objects, clothing, and even people themselves became placards. After May 2013 protest actions and web activity change its addressee. A significant part of slogans, placards, performances appeal to authorities and become more serious. The nature of this reaction is based on travesty, pun, homonymy and other lingual mechanisms as well as on folkloric jokes, symbols or even rites. Some of them are adopted from the past, at the same time a lot of new features are noticed.

Since 2012, in a context of newly passed laws against different kinds of political activity, forms of protest actions has constantly changed. The rise of new vocabulary and symbolism, very much characteristic for the epoch, needs to be registered and studied.