Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Russian and Slavonic Studies

Statement on events in Ukraine

The staff of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham would like to express their deep concern over the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an act of aggression against a sovereign country. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people and everybody who is affected by Putin's war on Ukraine, including our students in the UK as well as our friends and colleagues in Slavonic countries. In these dark times, we remain committed to the close personal and intellectual links with our Ukrainian and Russian colleagues, friends and relatives who oppose Putin’s war. Read more here.

Jenny Skipper - shaman poles at Olkhon Island (no copyright)


Jenny Skipper, Shamen Poles at Olkhon Island, Siberia, Russia

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  • Russian and Slavonic Studies in Nottingham has a long and distinguished history, starting in 1916 when Nottingham became one of the first universities in the UK to teach Russian

  • Russian can be studied from beginners’ level and post GCSE/AS, as well as post-A level

  • We teach Serbian/Croatian from beginners’ to degree level

  • We offer a wide range of modules on the history, literature and visual culture of Russia and South-East Europe, from the medieval period to the 21st century 


  • We offer research supervision in Russian, Serbian/Croatian and Slovene, on a wide range of topics, from the early medieval period to the present day, from history and politics to iconography to contemporary popular culture 
  • We have a strong and supportive postgraduate community which will welcome you and help you to develop
  • We offer a range of taught MA courses



Our research is interdisciplinary and our interests include the following:

  • History and culture of early Rus and Muscovy
  • History and culture of Byzantium
  • Literature of exile and migration
  • Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav literature and cinema
  • Literature and culture of Central Europe and the Habsburg Monarchy
  • Russian émigré history and culture in the interwar period
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Modern Russian literature 
  • Popular music
  • Late Soviet and post-Soviet culture
  • Histories of childhood and youth in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
  • Soviet and post-Soviet cinema
  • Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema, nationalism, memory and national identity
  • Russian cultural policy

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