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

  • Click here to watch a recent round table discussion featuring Human Rights Activist Ales Bialiatski, Political Scientist Michael McFaul, and Historian David Marples. Also featured are Olga V. Solovieva and Zhanna Charniauskaya.

  • Theodora Dragostinova, Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University, will present Bulgaria’s cultural engagements with multiple actors in the Third World, highlight the global reach of state socialism, demonstrate the existence of vibrant partnerships along an East-South axis during the 1970s, and challenge notions of late socialism as the prelude to communist collapse in eastern Europe. Registration is required for this event. Those who register in advance will receive the Zoom invitation.

  • December 8, 2020 | 6:00PM

    Soviet Judgment at Nuremburg

    Professor Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will present her new book Soviet Judgment at Nuremburg. Hirsch's book offers a startlingly new view of the International Military Tribunal and a fresh perspective on the movement for international human rights that it helped launch. She will be joined in conversation by Professor Faith Hillis. Registration is required for this event. The Zoom invitation will be sent to those who register.