The Australian Dostoevsky Society

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Our Mission


“The ADS promotes research into Dostoevsky’s links with the thinkers of his time, inside and outside Russia, and champions innovative theoretical  approaches to the study of Dostoevsky’s works. The ADS supports The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review as one of the main resources and publication outlets for international Dostoevsky research.”   



Dostoevsky’s innovative poetics pre-empted the appearance of avantgarde movements such as literature of the Absurd and European Modernism. With his exemplary life as a political and social activist, political prisoner, philosophical and religious thinker, Dostoevsky can also serve as a window on the moral and political preoccupations of his time – not only those in 19th century Russia and Europe, but also in the New World (America) which was not beyond his horizon.


Who we are

The Australian Dostoevsky Society is a not-for-profit cultural organisation, promoting the study of the life and works of the Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881), who has made a lasting impact on the European literary canons and European aesthetics of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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The ADS promotes research into Dostoevsky’s links with the thinkers of his time, inside and outside Russia, and in particular Dostoevsky’s declared interest in Hegel and the philosophy of history, which has been little studied to date.   

The ADS is proud to be associated with the tradition of Dostoevsky studies in Australia, going back to the 1950s at the University of Melbourne and now in its 71st year.  

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Upcoming Events

In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM Horst-Jürgen Gerigk (1937-2024) The President and members of the Australian Dostoevsky Society note with sadness the passing of  Prof. Dr. Horst-Jürgen Gerigk on February 9, 2024 in Heidelberg, at the age of 86. Horst-Jürgen Gerigk was professor of

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Events Rountable – Online Dostoevsky’s fictional universe as artistic cognate to Hegel: resonance of Hegel in law, society, and literature, with special emphasis on Dostoevsky’s fictional universe Participants: Richard Stewart, Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, Nikolai Gladanac Discussant: Nicholas Ulbrick  Saturday,  2 March

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Executive Team

Our People


Alexander (Sasha) Grishin AM, FAHA, Emeritus Professor, ANU

Executive Board


Slobodanka Millicent Vladiv-Glover (Monash U)

Membership Secretary:

 Luba Cowall

Vice Presidents

Nicholas Ulbrick (VP Public Relations)

Nikolai Gladanac (VP Research)

Legal Advisor:

John Glover (Victorian Bar)

Members of Executive:

Edward Ascroft (Monash U)

James Jackson (Melbourne U)

Tom Sharkie 

Irene Zohrab (New Zealand Affiliate)


Natalia Batova (Melbourne U)