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Russia has invaded Ukraine. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures joins the world community in condemning the unprecedented act of aggression by Putin’s regime against Ukraine’s sovereignty and the people of Ukraine.  This is an attack on peace, freedom, and democracy in the world.  Putin’s attempts to rewrite history and mold it to his imperialist agenda, in order to justify this criminal invasion, are delusional and absurd. We stand with the people of Ukraine and support their fight for freedom and independence.

How Can We Teach
Slavic Languages and Literatures During the War in Ukraine?

This AATSEEL webinar includes Olga Klimova’s (U of Pittsburgh) presentation on teaching the Russian language.

In Memoriam

Prof. Christopher Barnes

Read Prof. Barnes's obituary.

Professor Leonid Livak's book on the cultural history of Russian emigres in France has been published. 

You will find the details here.

Upcoming Event

Hasan Zahirovic
Karel Čapek, An Export Author:
Robots, Newts and White Disease

January 20, 2022
1:00PM EST via Zoom

Click here to register!

University of Toronto News

Prof. Dragana Obradovic has been recognized as one of Ontario's best teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Click here to read more about it in the Faculty of Arts and Science News.

Upcoming Course

The Balkan Geographic Imaginary
- SLA347, Spring 2022
- Wednesdays, 2-4pm
- Instructor: Prof. Zdenko Mandušić, Ph.D

SSHRC Connection Grant

Prof. Kate Holland has received a SSHRC Connection grant, together with Prof Katherine Bowers (UBC), for Dostoevsky at 200, their bicentennial public international outreach project which will take place all online in the fall. Stay tuned for Dostoevsky-related events!

Faculty of Arts and Science News

A&S alumnus David Goldfarb explores Polish literature in talk-show style video series, "Encounters with Polish Literature."

Encounters with Polish Literature is a new video series that explores works of Polish authors from the 20th century to the present.

Read about it here.

Our alumnus, Ian Garner, who wrote his dissertation on Vasily Grossman’s accounts of the Stalingrad Battle, reflects on the Victory Day in today’s Russia.

Read his article here in The Globe and Mail.

Another article in Haaretz.

Upcoming Event

Agnieszka Holland's "Mr. Jones"

Friday, March 11, 2022
3:00PM EST in AH404

University of Toronto News

Prof. Kate Holland and her work on Dostoevsky, including the new book Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity, were featured in the Faculty of Arts and Science news. Click here to read the aricle.

Faculty of Arts and Science News

Prof. Tamara Trojanowska was featured in a Faculty of Arts and Science article about her successes fundraising for the Polish Program.

Click here to read the article.


Congratulations to Prof. Leonid Livak!

Prof. Leonid Livak has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Click here for more information.

Congratulations to Prof. Dragana Obradovic!

Prof. Dragana Obradovic has won an SSHRC Insight Development Grant for the research topic entitled “Between Socialist Modernity and the Peasant Co-Operative: Communalism of the Rural in Yugoslavia.”  Her collaborator is Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, from Aston University in Birmingham, England.

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