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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.

Upon graduation our students join a highly employable community of leaders who forge rewarding careers in such diverse fields as journalism, law, politics, and diplomacy. 

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Slavonic News

Post-‘Brexit’, Our Mandate Is More Urgent Than Ever

24 June 2016

For centuries the University of Cambridge has cultivated a deep understanding of and respect for the diverse nations of Europe. It is home to a vibrant, engaged community of students and scholars in the Department of Slavonic Studies who work hard to advance the study of the languages and cultures of Poland, Russia and...

Cambridge Students Produce New Verbatim Play about Revolution and War in Ukraine

15 June 2016

An important new verbatim play about (extra)ordinary people living through revolution and war in Ukraine is a featured selection of the 2016 Hotbed Theatre Festival. The Summer before Everything is the work of Maria Montague and Bohdan Tokarskyi, two students from the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme in the Department...