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.

Links to recorded talks have been added to the program below. The full collection can be found here, and we are grateful to UBC’s cIRcle repository for hosting it. Note that not all talks appear in the collection as, in some cases, there were technical issues or the talk was not recorded.




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” [link to video recording]
  • 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” [link to video recording]
  • William Mills Todd, III, “Crime and Punishment: The Serial Version” [link to video recording]
  • 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

Dostoevsky through Different Disciplines, moderated by Deborah Martinsen

  • Amy Ronner, “Dostoevskying the Law School Curriculum” [link to video recording]
  • Richard Weisberg, “Dostoevsky’s Jurisprudence, or Why Lawyers Have Been Reading Everything From Notes from Underground through The Brothers Karamazov” [link to video recording]
  • 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” [link to video recording]
  • Octavian Gabor, “Crime and Punishment and the Philosophy of Human Soul” [link to video recording]
  • Brian Armstrong, “Introducing Philosophy with Crime and Punishment” [link to video recording]

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

At Green College, UBC

8:30am – coffee and pastries

9am – Panel session 3

Adapting Crime and Punishment, moderated by Elena Baraban

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” [link to video recording]
  • 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” [link to video recording]
  • Michael Daher, “The Problem of Sonya: Crime and Punishment in a Composition Classroom”
  • Michael Katz, “Teaching Crime and Punishment to Senior Citizens” [link to video recording]

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” [link to video recording]
  • Ksenia Stepkina, “The Petersburg Text in the 21st Century: Dostoevsky Cultural Memory in the Contemporary City” [link to video recording]


12:30pm – Keynote

“Dostoevsky for Non-Readers” by Carol Apollonio, introduced by Katherine Bowers [link to video recording | link to blog writeup by Tomi Haxhi]


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” [link to video recording]
  • Deborah Martinsen, “Crime and Punishment: Reading the Moral Emotions” [link to video recording]
  • 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” [link to video recording]
  • 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; link to website of talk materials]
  • 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” [link to video recording]
  • 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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