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.
in the news
Understanding Taras Shevchenko
In an interview with Radio Liberty, Rory Finnin (Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies) calls for fresh readings and re-readings of Shevchenko's complex poetry, which is anything but monolithic and straightforward.
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.
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies: 'Popularizing Ukrainian Culture'
Ukraine's newspaper The Day highlights the recent achievements of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies in an article about our 2012 Vsesvit Readings, which celebrated Yiddish and Hebrew literary texts in Ukrainian and English translation.
Celebrating Ukrainian Filmmakers Old and New
The journal Art Margins reviews our Fourth Annual Festival of Ukrainian Film and attendant symposium on the cinema of Ihor Savchenko. The article features an interview with director Volodymyr Tykhyi, who remarks that presenting his new work in Cambridge allowed him 'to see [his film project] Goodbye Ukraine! as a cultural event'.