The Department of Russian at Bristol has for many years enjoyed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading research departments in the fields of Russian and Czech.
The Department's research expertise is distinguished by its combination of diversity and synergy.
Staff have particular expertise in the following fields:
- Russian literature from the 18th century to the present
- Czech and Slovak literature and culture
- Literary and cultural theory
- Issues of cultural identity (semiotics of space, perceptions of time and of modernity)
- Urban studies
- Russian intellectual history from the 18th century to the 20th century
- Russian Orthodox theology and culture
- Gender in Russian literature and culture
- Translation studies
Transnational Modern Languages: a publication project with Liverpool University Press, incorporating a recent conference funded by OWRI and a volume Transnational Russian Studies co-edited by members of Russian Departments at Bristol, Durham, and Manchester.
- Men and Masculinities in Culture and Society Research Network: established in 2016 by Dr Connor Doak (Russian) and Dr Bradley Stephens (French), MMICS brings together scholars from the arts, humanities, and the professional schools. It recently ran a Transnational Masculinities workshop series at Bristol's Institute of Advanced Studies.
- Gender Interdisciplinary Group and Gender Research Centre: the GRC is based in SPAIS and promotes research into gender issues across the University.
- The Bristol Poetry Institute: Professor Mike Basker (Russian) is a member of the steering committee; in 1917 the Institute supported the half-day festival Poetry in Revolution.
- BASEES Nineteenth-century Study Group: co-chaired by colleagues from Bristol, Exeter, and St Andrews, the Study Group aims to promote and preserve teaching and public awareness of Slavonic and East European history and culture during the long nineteenth century.
- Forum for Czech and Slovak Studies in the UK: The CSS is a research network which brings together arts, humanities and social sciences researchers working on Czech- and/or Slovak-related matters in the UK.
Collaborations and activities
We regularly present our research at national and international conferences, through public talks, targeted workshops with non-academic partners, and in the media.
- We have recently worked with Czech Radio, English Heritage, Literature Across Frontiers and the Penguin Archive.
- We have presented on Czech- or Russian-related culture on the BBC, at the Watershed and the Exeter Phoenix.
- Dr Chitnis acts as consultant to independent publishers Istros Books, Jantar, and Karolinum Press.
- Professor Schonle collaborates with Pushkin House, the Russian cultural centre in London, in the organisation of events.
- Professor Schonle is a Fellow of the British Academy and is active on fellowship selection committees.
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Research in the faculty
Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.