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

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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