Postgraduate research in Russian and East European Studies
Our culture of encouraging debate between staff and postgraduates across the full spectrum of our Russian and East European Studies specialisms is just one of the reasons to choose Manchester for your research degree.
We play an active role in three Arts and Human Research Council-funded national consortia: the British Inter-University China Centre; the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World; and the Centre for the East European Language-based Area Studies.
Our postgraduate research students benefit from supervision across a range of fields, covering a broad range of research specialisms in Russian and East European Studies.
Our team's research interests include:
- Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and intellectual history
- Soviet and post-Soviet cinema and the media
- Russian and Soviet popular culture
- Gender studies
- Nationalism and ethnic politics in Russia and Eastern Europe
- Medieval Slavic cultures;
- Balkan Studies
Here's what some of our current students are researching:
- Simona Amariutei - 'Andrei Bely and Kazimir Malevich: Russian Modernism and the Hidden Revolution'
- Dmitrijs Andrejevs - 'Contested Memories and Identities: Transformations of Mnemonic Landscape in post-Soviet Riga, Latvia'
- Mollie Arbuthnot - ‘Identity and the Image in Soviet Central Asia, c.1918 – 1953’
- Connell Beggs - ‘Soft Power, Hard Times: Russian Influence in Post-Soviet Space during Military Conflict’
- Alessia Benedetti - ‘The Influence of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy over Mikhail Bulgakov's 'Master and Margarita': A New Interpretation of the Relationship between Reality and Literature’
- Marco Biasioli - ‘Russian Identities, Anglophone Cultures: Linguistic Confrontations and Interactions in Post-Soviet Russian Rock Music’
- Lucy Birge - ‘Radio Sputnik, Russia Today's New Radio Orbit and the Global Anti-Western `Imagined Community”
- Dominika Cholewinska-Vater: 'Contested Loyalties in War: Polish-Jewish Relations within the Anders Army'
- Thomas Drew - 'Homo Liber: Nonconformism and Artistic Self-Expression in 1980s Siberia'
- Anna Glew - ‘Human Agency and Historical Memory in Ukraine’
- Vitaly Kazakov - ‘Superpower Ambitions and Sports in the 21st Century: The Geopolitical Aims, Informational Means, and Popular Reception of Russia's Sporting Mega-Events’
- Baatar Khasanov - ‘The Concept of 'Emptiness' and the Politics of Identity among the Turko-Mongolian Peoples in the Russian Empire, 1830s-1917’
- Adelaide McGinity-Peebles - ‘Imaging the Russian Heartlands: The Representation of the Provinces in Film, 2003-present’
- Ksenia Papazova - ‘The Aesthetics of Imperfection in Post-Soviet Russia: Modern Russian Print and Internet Culture’
- Yevhenii Poliakov - 'Russians in Soviet Lviv: Changing Representations of Dominant Minority'
- Craig Proctor - ‘Ukrainian post-Maidan Identity and the Far-Right's Role’
- Mozhgan Samadi - ‘Women and Martyrdom in Soviet War Cinema’
- Irene Serlenga - 'Towards a Different Understanding of the Character of Renata in Briusov's The Fiery Angel (1908)'
- Iwona Skorbilowicz - ‘The Politics of Translation: Western Literature and National Self in Communist Poland’
- Rui Wang - 'Translation and Soft Power: A Case Study of Russian Cultural Diplomacy towards China'
- Laura Wilson - 'How Does Contemporary Russian Prose Fiction Contribute to Debates About Russian National Identity?'
Find out about the bursaries, scholarships and studentships available to support postgraduate research.
Information about applying for a postgraduate research degree in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
Our research activities are supported by our collaborative Russian and Eurasian Studies Network.
Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities with purpose-built rooms, resources and access to Manchester's internationally renowned cultural assets.
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