History & Mission
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.
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.
We are also listed at Monash University as a peak body
Dmitry Vladimirovich Grishin
Dmitry Vladimirovich Grishin (1908-1975) was a Russian university academic and author who was an internationally recognised authority on the Russian writer F.M. Dostoevsky who primarily taught in Australia at the University of Melbourne.
An indefatigable participant in international congresses, in 1968 at the 6th International Congress of Slavists, Dr Grishin started to organise Dostoevsky scholars from various countries to create an International Society devoted to the study of the life and works of F.M. Dostoevsky in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 1971. Coordinating with scholars from fourteen countries, Dr Grishin established the International Dostoevsky Society as co-founder and first Vice -President with Professor Nadine Natov (USA) as the Executive Secretary and Professor Rudolf Neuhäuser (Canada) as Coordinator. In September 1971, in Bad Ems in Germany, the first symposium of the International Dostoevsky Society was held to commemorate the anniversary of the writer’s birth.
International Dostoevsky Society/North American Dostoevsky Society
Dostoevsky Society of Argentina
Estudios Dostoievski – The journal of the Dostoevsky Society of Argentina and the Spanish Section of the International Dostoevsky Society (in Spanish)
The Dostoevsky Society of Japan