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Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Slavic Graduate Studies

Welcome to the graduate program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures currently offers courses of study leading to the Master of Arts in Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and the Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages and Literatures, with emphasis placed on cultural and interdisciplinary studies and study in more than one Slavic language and literature. See the overview of our graduate programs. If you plan to apply, here are some things you should consider.

The faculty of the UIUC Slavic department represent a broad range of interests and methodological approaches, including the intersections of literature and law, medicine, and psychoanalysis; Russian-Jewish Studies; intellectual history; gender, sexuality, and the body; Stalinist culture; film history and theory; Czech revival culture; nationalism and literature; Polish modernism, postmodernism, and visual culture; exilic and émigré literature; and East European pop culture. I invite you to consult the list of faculty and their recent publications to appreciate the rich variety of their research.

The department regularly hosts and co-sponsors conferences, which, in the past few years have included annual Slavic Graduate Student Association student symposia, and such meetings as: "Memories and Wars," Sept. 2012; "Shostakovich: The Quartets in Context," Feb. 20122; an international conference on “Russian Cinema After Communism,” February 2004; “Post-Communist Nostalgia,” 6–7 April 2006; the university Chancellor's conference "Russia-Business-Politics: Challenges and Opportunities," October 2006; the Czech Studies Workshop, 30 March–1 April 2007; the international conferences "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Writer, Mythmaker and Public Figure in the Twenty-First Century," 14–16 June 2007; “Building the Balkans Anew: From Metaphor to Market” 21–22 September 2007; “Interpreting Emotion in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia” 19–21 June 2008; "Jews in the East European Borderlands: Daily Life, Violence, and Memory" 19–20 April 2009; “Russia's Role in Human Mobility: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” 18–20 June 2009; and "The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City in Global Perspective" 24-26 June 2010.

The Slavic department collaborates closely with other UIUC units, such as the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; the European Union Center; the History Department; the Program in Comparative and World Literature; the Unit for Cinema Studies; the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; the Gender and Women's Studies Program; the Program in Jewish Culture and Society; and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Graduate minors or certificates are available in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Unit for Cinema Studies; the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; and the Gender and Women's Studies Program.

We collaborate with ACTR for study abroad programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir; and with independent study abroad programs in Prague and Krakow.

If you have any questions about our graduate program or if there is any way in which we could be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Valeria Sobol
Head, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Harriet Murav
Director of Graduate Studies

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