Conference Program

C&P-RasCrime and Punishment at 150 is a conference event focused on adapting, teaching, and newly experiencing Dostoevsky’s 1866 novel. It took place in Vancouver, BC October 20-22, 2016. For more details, please contact




Thursday, October 20, 2016

(At Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver)

7:30pm – Film introduction – Alexander Burry

7:40pm – Film screening: Crime and Punishment (Apocalypse Films, 2015)

9:30pm – Post-film discussion and Q&A with director Andrew O’Keefe, moderated by Alexander Burry

10pm – conference opening reception at Vancity Theatre

Friday, October 21, 2016

(At Green College, UBC)

8:30am – coffee and pastries; registration

9am – Opening remarks – Katherine Bowers

9:15am – Video conference with University of Bristol (UK), moderated by Connor Doak

  • Sarah Hudspith, “Raskolnikov Remembers: Memory in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
  • Oliver Ready, “Cat-and-Mouse with Dostoevsky: The Translator as Detective”


11am – Plenary panel, moderated by Kate Holland

  • Louise McReynolds, “Cruising St Petersburg’s Mean Streets”
  • William Mills Todd, III, “Crime and Punishment: The Serial Version”
  • Elena Baraban, “The Aftertaste of Dostoevsky: Boris Akunin’s Contemporary Remake of Crime and Punishment and Russia’s Contemporary Crime Fiction”


1pm – lunch


2pm – Panel session 1

New Ways of Reading Crime and Punishment, moderated by Octavian Gabor

  • Clint Walker, “Crime and Punishment and the Vitality of Folklore”
  • Tomi Haxhi, “Schismatic Temporalities: Raskolnikov and the Raskolniki

Dostoevsky through Different Disciplines, moderated by Deborah Martinsen

  • Amy Ronner, “Dostoevskying the Law School Curriculum”
  • Richard Weisberg, “Dostoevsky’s Jurisprudence, or Why Lawyers Have Been Reading Everything From Notes from Underground through The Brothers Karamazov”
  • Wilson T. Bell,“A Real-Life Raskolnikov? Crime and Punishment meets crime and punishment in 1909 Tomsk


3:30pm – coffee break


4pm – Panel session 2

Crime and Punishment through Different Disciplines, moderated by Sima Godfrey

  • Elizabeth Blake, “The Intersection of Cultures in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: Reflections on Teaching for the Core at a Jesuit Institution”
  • Octavian Gabor, “Crime and Punishment and the Philosophy of Human Soul”
  • Brian Armstrong, “Seeking Punishment: Teaching Dostoevsky in Multidisciplinary Contexts”

Woody Allen’s Crime and Punishment Trilogy, moderated by Eric Naiman

  • Amanda Ramirez Viñas, “Intertextuality of Crime and Punishment in Woody Allen Films” (unable to attend)
  • Ellen Chances, “A Triple Take? Crime and Punishment Through Woody Allen’s Cinematic Lens: Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point, and Irrational Man
  • Yasha Klots, “Crime and Punishment, ‘Translated’ by Woody Allen”


6:30pm – Conference dinner at Edible Canada (participants only)


Saturday, October 22, 2016

8:30am – coffee and pastries

9am – Panel session 3

Adapting Crime and Punishment, moderated by Elena Baraban

  • Gerald Janecek, “Crime and Punishment as an Opera”
  • Andrew O’Keefe, “Crime and Punishment: Getting Personal About Adaptation”
  • Alexander Burry, “Finding a Homeland: Omirbaev’s Student

Digital Dostoevsky in the Classroom, moderated by Louise McReynolds

  • Megan Swift, “Navigating Dostoevsky’s World: A Web Project on Dostoevsky’s St Petersburg”
  • Chloë Kitzinger, “Crime and Punishment in Networks”
  • Mel Bach, “Dipping Dostoevsky’s Toe in the Digital Humanities: Transatlantic Curation of Cambridge Crime and Punishment Material”


10:30am – Break


10:45am – Panel session 4

Crime and Punishment in the Classroom, moderated by Alexander Burry

  • Tom Beyer, “Dostoevsky for Students in the 21st Century”
  • Michael Daher, “The Problem of Sonya: Crime and Punishment in a Composition Classroom”
  • Michael Katz, “Teaching Crime and Punishment to Senior Citizens”

Dostoevsky in St Petersburg, moderated by Kate Holland

  • Alexandra Trim, “The Bridges of Dostoevsky’s St Petersburg: Representations of Space and Psyche”
  • Calder Morton-Ferguson, “Crime, Punishment, and the City: the Changing Role of Urban Environments since Crime and Punishment
  • Ksenia Stepkina, “The Petersburg Text in the 21st Century: Dostoevsky Cultural Memory in the Contemporary City”


12:30pm – Keynote: “Dostoevsky for Non-Readers” by Carol Apollonio, introduced by Katherine Bowers


1:15pm – lunch


2:15pm – Panel session 5

Strategies for Teaching Crime and Punishment, moderated by Wilson T. Bell

  • Vadim Shneyder, “Teaching Crime and Punishment in the Age of Global Capitalism”
  • Deborah Martinsen, “Crime and Punishment: Reading the Moral Emotions”
  • Robin Feuer Miller, “The Hum and Buzz of Implication: Crime and Punishment in the Classroom and Beyond”

Dostoevsky’s World through Today’s Technology, moderated by Megan Swift

  • Sean Blink, “Reading Crime and Punishment Fan Fiction: Digital Democratic Reading and the Russian Canon”
  • Soma Barsen, “Dostoevsky Across Disciplines: Dostoevsky and Neuroscience”
  • Katherine Bowers, “#murdererproblems: Translating Raskolnikov into 140 Characters and other Adventures in Twitterature”


3:45pm – coffee break


4:15pm – Panel session 6

Dostoevsky Outreach, moderated by Katherine Bowers

  • Barnabas Kirk, “Global Crime and Punishment: An Exhibition of Translations, Transpositions, and Adaptations from the Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto”
  • Vladimir Smith-Mesa, “Dostoevsky in the Hispanic World From Spain to Latin America, From Books to the Moving Image. A Descriptive Metadata” (unable to attend; website of talk materials here)
  • Brian Armstrong, “A New Web Home for the International and North American Dostoevsky Societies”

Crime and Punishment through New Critical Lenses, moderated by Robin Feuer Miller

  • Rachel Sims, “‘Mechanically Towards the Door’: the Crowd on the Threshold and Utilitarian Infection in Crime and Punishment
  • Zora Kadyrbekova, “Raskolnikov’s Dream about the Horse: the Other’s Face”
  • Justin Trifiro, “Saccharine Suffering: The Problem of Marmeladov’s Drinking in Crime and Punishment


5:45pm – Closing roundtable discussion (Carol Apollonio, Brian Armstrong, Katherine Bowers, Kate Holland)

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