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Modern Languages and Cultures

Russian and Eurasian Studies Network

The Russian and Eurasian Studies Network facilitates collaboration in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision between staff across the University.

Russian bear in a zoomorphic map of Europe
The Russian and Eurasian Studies Network has expertise in Russia, other countries in the former Soviet Union and Eastern and East Central Europe.

Our membership includes staff with expertise in Russia, other countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern and East Central Europe along with representatives from other universities in the North of England.

Current research projects of Network members cover a broad range of topics in the modern and contemporary history of Russia and the other former communist states. Several common themes run through the group's research activities including:

  • nationalism and the construction of national identities in Russia and its neighbouring states from the late nineteenth century to the present;
  • the role of the media in multi-ethnic, transition societies;
  • the relationship between intellectuals and the state under the communist regime and in the post-communist period;
  • the impact of pan-European developments (eg EU enlargement) on the region.

Members hold grants from the AHRC, ESRC, and the Leverhulme Trust. Many of the issues raised by the group's research are very topical. These include ethnic relations in the highly volatile areas of former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus and the global problem of population displacement.

The Network, which was founded in 2004, was formerly known as the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Contact information

Professor Vera Tolz
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3140 
Email: vera.tolz@manchester.ac.uk