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.

Research areas

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.

Associated centres

  • 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.

Research in the faculty

Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.

There is a really great spirit among Russian colleagues which students pick up straight away. I like the close, informal relationship we have with our students and the connection between what we teach and what we research...

Rajendra Chitnis, Senior Lecturer

Research events

We run a regular research seminar series and are frequently involved with one-off research events.

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