years of research
About us

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

Australian Dostoevsky Society — Monash University

Our Founder

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.



The ADS gives access to a wide network of international Dostoevsky scholarship, which includes the following national and international associations

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)

Eslavia Journal
The Dostoevsky Society of Japan

Executive Team


Alexander (Sasha) Grishin

Emeritus Professor Alexander Grishin

Irene Zohrab Wgtn VUW

Irene Zohrab
Victoria U of Wellington, Te Herenga Waka NZ 
New Zealand Affiliate

Millicent Vladiv-Glover

Slobodanka Millicent Vladiv-Glover
BA, MA, PhD (Melb)


Nikolai Gladanac
BA Hon (Monash)
Vice President

Nick Ulbrick

Nicholas Ulbrick
Vice President
(Public Relations)


Luba Cowall
Membership Secretary

John Glover

John Glover
BA, LL.B (Melb), B.C.L. (Oxon.), PhD (Monash)
Legal Advisor

Edward Ashcroft

Edward Ashcroft
BA Hon, MA, PhD (Monash)
Member of Executive

Tom Sharkie

Tom Sharkie
BA Hon (Monash), MA&MA

Member of Executive

Richard Stewart

Richard Stewart
PhD Candidate (SCU)
Member of Executive

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Zo Damage
Artistic Director

James Jackson

James Jackson
Member of Executive

Natalia Batova

Natalia Batova

Jane Sullivan

Jane Sullivan
Freelance journalist, Author
Honorary Member

Sharon Zhang

Sharon Zhang
Student Member

Henry Buchan
MA (Glas.)
International Member

Elena-Olga Ryygas
Honorary Research Assistant