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

Staff have particular expertise in the following fields:

  • Russian literature from the 18th century to the present
  • Czech and Slovak literature and culture
  • Russian intellectual history from the 18th century to the 20th century
  • Russian Orthodox theology and culture
  • Soviet and post-Soviet social and cultural history
  • Disability studies
  • Gender in Russian literature and culture
  • Translation studies.


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 are currently working with Czech Radio, English Heritage, Literature Across Frontiers and the Penguin Archive, and have recently presented on Czech- or Russian-related culture on the BBC, at the Watershed and the Exeter Phoenix. We participate in a range of Faculty clusters and reading groups on, for example, blame, the 1970s, humans and bodies and writing violence.

We are also part of the 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

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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