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Department of Slavonic Studies

Promoting Excellence in the Study of Poland, Russia and Ukraine

The Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge offers innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching in Polish, Russian and Ukrainian and engages in the advanced study of Poland, Russia and Ukraine, with an emphasis on cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present day.

For centuries, the University of Cambridge has cultivated a deep understanding of the societies of Eastern Europe by way of celebrated scholarship and instruction. In 1900, a grant from what strikes us now as an improbable source -- the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers -- established the first University Lectureship in Russian. Today the Department of Slavonic Studies promotes international excellence in teaching and research over a wide array of topics in the study of language, literature, thought, history and culture.

The intellectual vitality of the Department of Slavonic Studies is particularly evident in the fields of Pre-Modern East Slavic culture; Polish, Russian and Ukrainian Literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries; Slavonic Linguistics; Nationalism Studies; Film and Visual Culture; Memory Studies; and Russian Imperial and Soviet History. It is home to a dynamic annual programme of public lectures, research seminars, conferences and exhibitions.

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Slavonic News

AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture

2 December 2014

The 2015 application window is now open for AHRC studentships awarded through the CEELBAS CDT in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture.

Students Shine in Ionesco’s Bald Prima Donna

29 November 2014

The Department of Slavonic Studies warmly congratulates Maria Montague and Danielle Craig (who are both studying Russian and Ukrainian) for their work on a virtuosic French-language production of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist romp The Bald Prima Donna ( La Cantatrice Chauve , 1950) at the Corpus Playroom.

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Hosts Conference on the ‘Global Information War’

4 November 2014

On 31 October Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies, hosted a major international conference, ‘Ukraine and the Global Information War’ , at King’s College.

New Staff in the Department of Slavonic Studies

17 October 2014

The Department is pleased to welcome new members of staff with diverse backgrounds and fresh perspectives to the Slavonic Studies team.

Department Greets New Freshers

10 October 2014

The Department of Slavonic Studies was pleased to welcome its new, enthusiastic first-years to Cambridge at a start-of-term party in the Raised Faculty Building.