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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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Natalie A. Jaresko to Deliver 2017 Stasiuk Lecture

25 January 2017

It has been twenty five years since Ukraine regained its independence, and the transition to democracy, rule of law and a competitive market economy is still underway. The last three years have seen more reform than the previous twenty, but much remains to be done to improve real wages, boost domestic and foreign investment, and enhance health and education services in Ukraine. Which reforms are key to the country's future? Is the reform process irreversible? What are the risks to reform, both domestically and internationally? On Friday, 24 February 2017, Natalie A. Jaresko answers all of these questions and more in the Fifteenth Annual Cambridge Stasiuk Lecture in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies.