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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

'Eisenstein's Ivan: Sensory Thinking from Machiavelli to Disney', Prof Joan Neuberger, Tues 3 March, 5pm

27 February 2015

In Ivan the Terrible, Eisenstein tried to use everything he'd been thinking about and living through for the previous twenty years to compose his portrait of the tsar. This paper draws on his writing about Disney to show how some of his most fanciful ideas about things like fish turning into tigers were inscribed in his most serious considerations of human change, violence, power and film making itself.

Cambridge Polish Studies Premieres ‘Kinoteka’

20 February 2015

The Department’s Polish Studies programme launched its Polish Film Club — ‘Kinoteka’

Rebecca Reich on ‘Leningrad: Siege and Symphony’

20 February 2015

Rebecca Reich, who has just won a CRASSH Early Career Fellowship for Michaelmas 2015, published a review of Brian Moynahan’s Leningrad: Siege and Symphony in the 26 November edition of the New York Times .

“Making News Soviet”: Talk by Dr Simon Huxtable, Tues 17 Feb, 5pm

13 February 2015

You are warmly invited to an upcoming Slavonic Dept/CamCREES seminar by Dr Simon Huxtable entitled: ‘Making News Soviet: Changing Visions of Soviet Information after Stalin, 1953-1970′ to be held on Tuesday, 17 February, 5-6:30pm in the Latimer Room at Clare College.

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.