Historical Memory and Artistic Word - Programme - St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
Panel Discussion

Historical Memory and Artistic Word

11:45 — 13:00
General Staff Building, Atrium 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

What causes interest in historical subjects in fiction? To what extent does historical literature shape collective knowledge of the past? What are the limits of acceptable fancy when describing real historical events? As part of the discussion, it is planned to discuss these and other issues affecting the interests of writers who turn to historical subjects, publishers, professional historians and the general reading public.



  • Christopher John Read, Professor of History at the University of Warwick (UK);
  • Teti Sandro, political scientist, Director of the Sandro Teti Publishing House (Italy);
  • Vadim Gigin, , General Director of the National Library of Belarus (Belarus);
  • Akbar Ryskulov, People's Poet of the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan);
  • Nizom Qosim, poet, public figure, Chairman of the Union of Writers of Tajikistan (Tajikistan);
  • Alexandr Celisev, poet, novelist (Moldova);
  • Munira Dadaeva, Director of the Mayakovsky State Russian Drama Theater (Tajikistan).

Moderator: Dmitry Bak, Director of the State Museum of the History of Russian Literature, named after V. I. Dahl.