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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

Beyond ‘1944': Cambridge Sheds Light on the Language and Culture of the Crimean Tatars

20 May 2016

In the haunting chorus of ‘1944', the Ukrainian singer Jamala invited viewers of the 2016 Eurovision contest to sing in the Crimean Tatar language. This week, on 19 and 20 May, postgraduate students will be learning to speak the language in an innovative workshop on Crimean Tatar culture at the University of Cambridge.

Become Heroes of Our Time

11 May 2016

Study Russian and join the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge! A special outreach event for secondary school students in Years 11 and 12 will be held on Saturday, 2 July 2016 , Robinson College, University of Cambridge.