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The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies is one of the strongest research departments in the country. Our international reputation for research received further recognition from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE): 70% of our research was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent -- an accolade given to only two other departments. 

Read the results of RAE2008

Research Areas

Research in the Department is organised into two broad areas:

Russian Literary and Cultural Studies

Slavonic Languages and Linguistics

Both in our own research and in PhD supervision we participate actively in interdisciplinary research discussions and collaborations with other Departments across the School of Languages and Cultures under the auspices of the School Research Clusters.

Bakhtin Centre

The Department is home to the Bakhtin Centre, an internationally renowned focus for research on the work of the Russian philosopher and cultural theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle, and on related areas of critical and cultural theory.

Visual Arts and Culture

The Department is also an international centre for the study of Soviet Russian art, visual and material culture and design, and is home to the Russian Visual Arts Project

Dr Oliver Johnson currently leads the School Visual Cultures Cluster in which other staff and postgraduate students in the Department are also active (Professor Susan Reid, Professor Evgeny Dobrenko, and current PhD students Grahame Morris and Thomas Cubbin)

Professor Reid is also Director of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities' Centre for Visual Studies and is also active in the Centre for Gender Studies.

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

For more information about how to join our thriving Postgraduate Research community please see our Postgraduate Degrees Page.