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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

Vice-Chancellor marks Cambridge's close ties with Poland

21 May 2015

The University of Cambridge marked its close bonds with Poland with the unveiling of a new statue in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków. Also attended by Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill, the event celebrated the achievements of Polish science and the recent launch of the new initiative in Polish Studies at the Department of Slavonic Studies. Read in full to view a short film commemorating the event.

Postgrad Daria Mattingly Wins Best Doctoral Paper Prize at 2015 ASN Convention

15 May 2015

Daria Mattingly, a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavonic Studies working with supervisor Dr Rory Finnin, has won an award for the Best Doctoral Paper on Ukraine at the 2015 Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention in New York City. Her paper was entitled ‘“Idle, Drunk and Good for Nothing”: The Cultural Memory of the Holodomor Rank-and-File Perpetrator’. Congratulations, Daria!