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Slavonic Studies

Promoting Excellence in the Study of Poland, Russia and Ukraine

The Slavonic Studies Section 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 Slavonic Studies Section at Cambridge 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 Slavonic Studies Section 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; and Memory Studies. 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

'Brilliantly original': Night Train Theatre and Cambridge Revive the Work of Mykola Kulish

19 July 2018

A brilliantly original and powerfully acted revival of Mykola Kulish’s controversial 1933 play Maklena Grasa is playing to packed houses in London. It is a product of work in the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme in the Slavonic Studies Section at Cambridge.

Natalia Sutta (1921-2018)

16 July 2018

Natalia Iosipovna Sutta ("Mrs Sutta") died last Saturday evening at her home in Cambridge. She was 96½. She taught Russian language at Cambridge University from 1970 to 1991. There will be a small family gathering, celebrating her life, at 9.15am on Thursday 19 July, at Cambridge City Crematorium, Small Chapel. All are welcome to join to remember this remarkable lady.