Slavic Languages & Literatures

The Slavic Department at the University of Chicago has a long-standing reputation as one of the major research programs in the field. It is a true Slavic department, with faculty specializing in Balkan, Czech, Polish, and Russian cultural, literary, and linguistic studies. The faculty’s innovative research has been recognized with a number of prestigious grants and awards (from the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, NEH, NSF, and Fulbright Commission). In addition to being members of various academic and professional societies and serving on the editorial boards of internationally renowned journals, members of the core faculty have also received prizes for their outstanding contributions to scholarship, novel interventions into East-European cinema, the Holocaust, 19th-century Russian literature and its giants, Balkan linguistics and endangered languages of Siberia.

News & Events

  • In her new book, Jankowicz takes the reader on a journey through five Western governments’ responses to Russian information warfare tactics - all of which have failed. Jankowicz will have a conversation with Konstantin Sonin of the University of Chicago, and then be available for audience questions. Ten copies of the book will also be randomly awarded to interested attendees! Register here.

  • Drawing on research for a monograph in-progress entitled “The Czech Manuscripts: Poetics, Faith, Scholarship,” this presentation will examine the qualities of the manuscripts themselves, both as physical and as literary objects, their effective use in the Czech cultural revival of the period, and the cultural and intellectual horizons of the period that made the manuscripts (seem) real. To register for this lecture, click here

  • It is with deep sadness and disbelief that we face the passing of our colleague Robert Bird, who died Monday, September 7, after a long illness. Robert was diagnosed with colon cancer at Christmas time, and in his characteristically stoic way, asked that his colleagues in the Slavic Department not be told until after the holidays.... Click here to read more.