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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

Slavonic Section marks arrival of Andrii Smytsniuk, first permanent Ukrainian Language Teaching Officer

19 August 2019

The Slavonic Section and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies are pleased to announce that Andrii Smytsniuk will be joining the staff of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics. Andrii has been hired as the Slavonic Section's first full-time Ukrainian Language Teaching Officer and will lead the development of...

Former Cambridge Slavonic alumna Emily Sherwin is now Moscow correspondent for Deutsche Welle.

20 June 2019

Former Cambridge Slavonic alumna Emily Sherwin is now Moscow correspondent for Deutsche Welle. Emily is one of many of our graduates who, over the years, have gone on to careers in journalism. You can follow Emily on twitter here: https://twitter.com/EmilyCSherwin .