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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

Public Lecture Series: ‘In memory of all who suffered and sacrificed’: a conversation with LUKE HULL, Production Designer of the HBO/Sky miniseries ‘CHERNOBYL’

20 January 2020

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Slavonic Studies Section invite you to join us for a conversation with LUKE HULL , PRODUCTION DESIGNER of the acclaimed and award-winning HBO/Sky miniseries ‘ CHERNOBYL ’ (2019) written by Craig Mazin and directed by John Renck.

Alumna Wins Prestigious Fellowship and Residency for Russian Translation

12 November 2019

We are delighted to announced that our alumna Helena Kernan has won the prestigious fellowship and residency for Russian translation, awarded by London's Pushkin House. Helena was an undergraduate here from 2012-2016, studying ab initio language. Helena will have a 'translation residency' in Oxford, together with the poet...