Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, a programme of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, aims to promote and contribute to the study of Ukraine in the United Kingdom and beyond. It is committed to deepening public understanding of Ukraine and to advancing fresh, innovative approaches to research on the largest country within Europe, a critical crossroads between 'East' and 'West' with a rich historical, linguistic, and cultural inheritance.
While its primary focus is on the literature and culture of Ukraine, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies seeks to explore – and challenge – conventional notions of disciplinary and geographical borders and to foster a lively exchange between artists, scholars, politicians, and the wider public, as well as between institutions of higher learning in Ukraine, Europe, and North America.
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies was made a permanent programme in 2010.
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Making Way for Taras Shevchenko
On 16 October 2013 the University of Cambridge announced that it has named a central avenue on the Sidgwick Site 'Taras Shevchenko Way' (Вулиця Тараса Шевченка) for the duration of his 2014 bicentennial celebration. This symbolic, temporary naming of a well-travelled passage running east to west on the Sidgwick Site is a first for Cambridge.
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies: 'Bringing Cultures Together'
The journal Vsesvit (Issue 7/8 2013) covers our annual literary evening in celebration of translation, which featured readings of Georgian and Armenian literatures in the original languages and in Ukrainian translation. The event also remembered the genius of Sergei Paradzhanov with a short film by artist Zinaida Likhacheva and with special performances by violin virtuoso Bohdana Pivnenko and heralded composer, pianist and conductor Myroslav Skoryk.
Understanding the Power of National Bards
In an interview with Radio Liberty, Rory Finnin (Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies) explains why the verse of Taras Shevchenko (and of similar 'national bards') reaches us so deeply to this day.
Reframing the Study of Ukrainian Language and Literature
Rory Finnin and Olesya Khromeychuk (Lector in Ukrainian) advocate new approaches to the study of Ukrainian literature and to the development of the Ukrainian language in the magazine Ukrainian Dialogue, a publication of the British Ukrainian Society.