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Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Curriculum

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies offers undergraduate and postgraduate students a variety of opportunities to explore the culture and society of Ukraine, from its beginnings to the present day.

Paper SL 2: The History and Culture of Early Rus'

Alongside Belarus and Russia, Ukraine traces its historical and cultural inheritance to medieval Rus'. Paper SL 2 explores the worldview(s) of Rus’ authors, patrons and audiences from the mid-tenth century to the emergence of the grand duchies of Lithuania and Moscow, providing insight into the origins of the relations between Ukraine and its neighbours today.

Paper SL 9: Introduction to the Language, Literature, and Culture of Ukraine

'Ukraine is a country that is "in between" in all possible ways,' according to the Ukrainian intellectual Mykola Riabchuk. Paper SL 9 introduces the student to the rich language, literature, and culture of Ukraine and seizes upon the 'in-betweenness' of the largest country within Europe - the historical permeability of its territorial, linguistic, and ethnic borders - as an opportunity to explore the interdependency of the cultures of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region.

Paper SL 10: Studies in Twentieth-Century Ukrainian Literature and Film

Paper SL 10 explores the literary and filmic texts that accompanied the rise of Ukraine from imperial periphery to sovereign state in the 'short twentieth century' (Hobsbawm). Its chronological frame between the 1910s and 1990s, two periods marked by declarations of Ukrainian independence, offers the student a synoptic cultural history of Soviet Ukraine cast in relief. Each of the paper's five sections centres on a period of artistic flourishing and considers the implications of the intersection of aesthetic representation, signification, and political power from a broad theoretical perspective.

MPhil Degree Modules

As part of the Cambridge MPhil Degree in European and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies regularly runs two modules with a special emphasis on Ukraine. The first module explores the influential legacy of medieval Rus' on the evolution of pre-modern identities in the vast cultural and political space that would later become, in part, Ukraine. The second module explores the role of literature, particularly the poetry of Taras Shevchenko, in the development of modern nationalism and in the imagining of bounded national communities marked by feelings of “deep, horizontal comradeship” (Anderson).

Postgraduate Workshops in Ukrainian Studies

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies hosts a regular series of one-day workshops in the fields of Ukrainian history, culture and society. Led by preeminent scholars from around the world, these special events are open to qualified postgraduate students and reseachers at the beginning of their careers throughout Great Britain by application only. They are held on the grounds of King's College, Cambridge.

Open Ukrainian Language Courses

Ukrainian Language Open Classes at Cambridge

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies offers free beginner, intermediate and advanced courses in the Ukrainian language to all members of the University of Cambridge. All courses consist of 20 weekly classes of one hour and start on the first Wednesday of Full Term.

The courses are open to all members of the University, subject to availability of places. Those interested in attending the classes should contact the Department of Slavonic Studies in advance.

Ukrainian Language Cafés (Українські кав'ярні)

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies hosts a regular series of Ukrainian Language Cafés, where refreshments hit the spot and conversations are conducted entirely in Ukrainian. The Cambridge кав'ярня is designed to offer students of every level practice conversing with native speakers; all are welcome.

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Cambridge Explores Ukraine’s ‘Multilinguality’

6 November 2018

On 19 October 2018, Cambridge hosted the international conference Engaging Multilinguality: Language, Identity and National Cohesion in Ukraine , which was funded by the AHRC-funded project ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ (MEITS) with support from Cambridge Ukrainian Studies. Convened by Rory Finnin and Ivan Kozachenko, the conference sought to examine language diversity in Ukraine from a host of disciplinary perspectives.

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies in 2018-19: Exciting Transitions

2 October 2018

Dr Olenka Pevny is succeeding Dr Rory Finnin as Director of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme from 2 October 2018. Finnin, who will be on sabbatical leave from 2018-20 to complete a series of research projects, is the Founding Director of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre launched in 2008 to advance new approaches to the study of Ukraine.