Department of Slavonic Studies
Welcome to the Department of Slavonic Studies. The Department is unique in the United Kingdom in offering undergraduate and graduate teaching in Russian and Ukrainian. We have a thriving research culture in the cultural history of Russia, Ukraine and Poland up to the present day.
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On these pages, you will find extensive information about our:
- undergraduate courses
- post graduate courses - If you are interested in applying to study with us, please look at the Prospectus section. Graduate applicants should go to the Graduate Studies section.
- other courses
- staff profiles
- research projects and research students
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Congratulations to our top team of young translators!
The Department would like to formally congratulate a team of our wonderful undergraduate students who recently entered a prestigious translation competition and received a special commendation from the Judges for their work.
The 2013 competition for the Rossica Young Translators Awards took place in March. The Cambridge team were the only winning entrants to have translated the Eduard Limonov text, which was singled out by contest judge Rosamund Bartlett as especially challenging. She writes: 'Limonov has strong political views, and a strong literary voice, captured with great fidelity in the translations submitted. Transposing contemporary conversational Russian (the bulk of this selected text consists of a conversation) requires enormous skill, and it was clear to see in the translations submitted how much work had gone into getting its nuances exactly right.'
The Cambridge team was comprised of:
Katherine Armstrong (Part IA(b) Churchill), Danielle Craig (Part IB(a) Clare), Joshua Heath (Part IB(a) Trinity), Christopher Heren (Part IA(b) Fitzwilliam), Rita Lindsay (Part IB(a) Pembroke), Charles Littlewood (Part IB(a) Clare), Helene Mertens (Part IA(b) Trinity Hall), David Parke (Part IB(a) Selwyn), Jake Perl (Part IA(b) Jesus) and Henry Pyke (Part IA(b) Trinity Hall).
The Deparmtent has a very active programme of public lectures, research seminars and workshops planned for the 2012-13 academic year. Events organised by the Departmental Office, The Ukrainian Studies Programme, CamCREES, the Memory At War Project and CRASSH are all detailed within these pages
On the occasion of the publication of the inaugural Pushkin House Russian book prize shortlist, a discussion about the state of non-fiction writing on Russia will be held at Watestones Cambridge, 22 Sidney Street, on Thursday 16 May 2013 from 6pm, featuring Dr Rachel Polonsky, Dr Susan Larsen and Andrew Jack. Participants will discuss the six books selected by this year's jury, the themes they raise and the broader issues of current writing about Russia. [Tickets are free and available in store]
Dr Rachel Polonsky is lecturer in the department of Slavonic studies and a member of the inaugural Pushkin House Russian book prize jury, the winner
of which will be unveiled at the Hay Festival on May 29th. Dr Susan Larsen is lecturer in the department of Slavonic studies specialising
in gender and identity in Russian culture. Andrew Jack is a journalist with the Financial Times, former Moscow bureau chief and co-chairman of Pushkin House, an independent Russian cultural
centre in London.
Details of the discussion event can be found here.
Information for our students
The 2012-13 lecture list is now live and should be made the first point of call for checking when your lectures/ seminars are.
Mphil and PhD students, please refer to the Graduate Studies Pages for start of term announcements and the core-course timetables.
The Department, along with the Cambridge Committee for Russian and Eastern European Studies has a facebook page which we urge you all to join to keep upto date with all of the forthcoiming events and research related news: CamCREES facebook page
And finally, don't forget that the Deparment also offers open language classes in Polish and Ukrainian at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. For more information, please see our Other Courses pages.