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Cambridge Ukrainian Studies

STATEMENT, 24 February 2022

Ukraine has been invaded by military forces of the Russian Federation. Cambridge Ukrainian Studies condemns Russia's horrific war of aggression against a free, democratic Ukraine and its diverse citizens. These attacks against Ukraine are an attack on us all.

As an academic centre committed to the study of Ukraine, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies is working to inform the world public about the moral stakes of this war. We are calling for overwhelming sanctions against the Kremlin and for urgent economic, military, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. We are urging the British government to remove, immediately, restrictions on visas for Ukrainians. Above all, we are explaining to the public why we all need to make everyday sacrifices to support Ukraine over the long term. We need to prepare to invest creatively and passionately in Ukraine and its future. The cost to us at the petrol station is nothing compared to the cost to peace and international security if we abandon Ukraine or bend to the whim of war criminals who seek to destroy it as a sovereign, independent European country.

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Our Mission

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre at the University of Cambridge, aims to promote and contribute to the study of Ukraine in the United Kingdom and beyond. It is committed to deepening public understanding of Ukraine and to advancing fresh, innovative approaches to research on the largest country within Europe, a critical crossroads between 'East' and 'West' with a rich historical, linguistic, and cultural inheritance.

While its primary focus is on the literature and culture of Ukraine, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies seeks to explore – and challenge – conventional notions of disciplinary and geographical borders and to foster a lively exchange between artists, scholars, politicians, and the wider public, as well as between institutions of higher learning in Ukraine, Europe, and North America.

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies was made a permanent programme in 2010.

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Rory Finnin Wins Two Prestigious ASEEES Book Prizes

21 September 2023

We are delighted to share that Professor Rory Finnin has been awarded two prestigious prizes by the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for his book Blood of Others: Stalin's Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity (University of Toronto Press, 2022). These ASEEES prizes follow on from two other awards for Blood of Others announced earlier this year.

Lecture by Professor Michael Moser: Revisiting the History of the Ukrainian Language

9 February 2023

The lecture is a part of the Slavonic Section Series 'Rethinking Slavonic Studies.' Prof Moser will examine the history of the Ukrainian language, looking deep into its medieval roots. Although the Ukrainian language received its name comparatively late it is as deeply rooted in the past as any other Slavonic language...