Russian & Slavonic Studies was founded as a department in 1966. This year, we invited alumni and former staff back to celebrate with us. Over 80 alumni, current and former staff and students of the department joined us for two days of celebrations.
The place of Russian?
A plenary lecture by Professor Caryl Emerson (Princeton University) on 28 October considered the place of Russian studies and the thought of Mikhail Bakhtin in delineating a place for the study of humanities in the modern world. Emerson cited the work of Sheffield scholars Craig Brandist and Evgeny Dobrenko for their central roles in the field.
Celebrating Slavonic studies at Sheffield
On 29 October, alumni and staff met to reminisce and talk about R&SS at Sheffield today. Former heads Robert Russell and David Shepherd and senior lecturer Nigel Gotteri shared memories of their time at Sheffield, and current head Neil Bermel reconstructed the history of Russian at Sheffield, stretching back to its roots in the first Russian department (1916-1943). Current staff and students joined discussions with alumni about what it’s like to teach and study in the department today.