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

  • Participants at this roundtable, the third event in a series of discussions sponsored by the After the End of History project at the Neubauer Collegium, will reflect on shifting borders and conceptions of sovereignty amid the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of post-Soviet nationalisms. Building on a robust history of the political collapse, the discussion will focus attention on the republics and on processes of political decentralization. Registration is required for this event. The Zoom invitation will be sent to those who register. Click here to learn more about this event and the panelists.

  • In 1938, twenty-nine-year-old Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. In this distinctive and deeply personal picture book, Peter Sís weaves together Winton’s experiences and the story of one of the children he saved. A tale of decency, action, and courage, Nicky & Vera is a timely portrayal of the hopes and fears of those forced to leave their homes and create new lives. Click here to learn more about the author and this event. Registration is required for this event.