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News and Announcements

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.

Upcoming Event

East Central Europe, 1993-2023: Successes and Failures
30th Anniversary of an Independent Czech Republic

Igor Lukes
Historian and Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University

March 30, 2023
Room 108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place

Registration for both online and physical presence is required, click here.

Department News

Department of Slavic Languages and Literature PhD student, Filipp Lekmanov, recently won the CAS Graduate Essay Prize!

Click here for more details.

Upcoming Event

Get to know University of Ostrava: Opportunity to Study Abroad

with Bojana Yazicioglu
Unviersity of Ostrava, Czechia

Date: March 1, 2023
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Room AH404

Click here for Bojana Yazicioglu's biography.

Upcoming Event

Poetry of War

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Online


Alex Averbuch, literary historian, poet, and translator, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept, University of Alberta

Daryna Gladun, Poet, translator, artist and researcher

Iya Kiva, Poet, translator, journalist, and member of PEN Ukraine Poet, translator, journalist, and member of PEN Ukraine

Oksana Maksymchuk, bilingual Ukrainian-American poet, scholar, and literary translator, PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University

Yuliya Musakovska, award-winning poet and translator, member of PEN Ukraine

Olga Khometa (chair), PhD candidate at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto.

Sponsors: The Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, CERES, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

To register, click here.

Website link.


Upcoming Event

"Media and Information Landscape in Serbia and Croatia"

Prof. Ivanka Pjesivac
University of Georgia


Prof. Iveta Imre
University of Mississippi

February 13th, 4:00-6:00pm
Alumni Hall, Room 404

Click here for the speakers' bios.

Upcoming Event

Understanding Russia's War on Ukraine through the Holodomor

Daria Mattingly
University of Cambridge and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

November 9, 2022 @7pm

The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
1 Devonshire Place

For details and registration please click 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.

In Memoriam

Prof. Christopher Barnes

Read Prof. Barnes's obituary.


Upcoming Event
Slavic Department's Brown Bag Lecture Series Spring 2023

Wednesday, January 25, 12-2 (AH404)
Anna Shternshis, “Narratives of Ukrainian Jewish Refugees of the Russian Invasion to Ukraine in 2022.”

Wednesday, February 15, 12-2 (AH404)
Kate Holland, Braxton Boyer, and Elena Vasileva, “Digital Dostoevsky: A Computational Text Analysis Project.”

Wednesday, March 22, 12-2 (AH404)
Harvey Goldblatt, “What did the Chronicles Really Mean to Say? Revisiting the Laurentian and Hypatian Chronicle Accounts about the Raid of Prince Igor.”

All lectures are in person. All interested members of the UofT community are welcome to attend.

Department News

Prof. Ann Komaromi was featured on the Faculty of Arts & Science news:

"Preserving history through dissent literature - Ann Komaromi explores Russia's underground publishing network."

Click here to read the article.

Upcoming Event

Italian-Canadians & Ukrainian-Canadians
Living on Indigenous Land

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Time: 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom

Click here to register.


Upcoming Event

"Current challenges and trends in rural areas, Moravian-Silesian Region case"

Prof. Jan Machacek
University of Ostrava

February 14th, 3:00 pm

This event is hybrid. For in-person attendees, the event takes place in Room 108N, 1 Devonshire Place.

To register, click here.

Digital Dostoevsky

Prof. Kate Holland and her Digital Dostoevsky research team will be presenting at the Critical Digital Humanities International Conference at U of T on October 1.

The roundtable is entitled “Digital Dostoevsky, or the Challenges of Doing Multilingual DH.”

Digital Dostoevsky is a computational text analysis project on a corpus of 5 novels and two novellas by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is a digital humanities project which emerges out of our long-standing interest in traditional philological analysis.

We are excited by how digital approaches such as TEI encoding, machine reading, and natural language processing can help to answer questions about the deep structure of Dostoevsky’s novels, questions about speech, character, space, temporality, affect, and fictionality, among other areas.

The project is hosted at the University of Toronto and supported by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Prof. Holland’s research team includes her co-PI, Dr. Katherine Bowers from UBC, three Slavic Department Graduate Student RAs, Braxton Boyer, Elena Vasileva and Elijah Sciborowski, and four U of T undergrad RAs: Dmytro Ishchenko, Nadia Ivanovna, Veronika Sizova, and Eden Zorne.  

For more information on the conference, click here. For more information on the Digital Dostoevsky Research Project, see their blog.

News Article

Slavic Department Master's degree graduates, Isabel and Sophia Jewell, are featured in an article by the CBC.

Click here to read the article.

Recently Published

Prof. T. Allan Smith's new book - "Sergii Bulgakov, Philosophy of the Name" - has been published!

It is a volume in the NIU Series in Orthodox Christian Studies edited by Roy R. Robson.

You can read more about the book here.

Recently Published

Prof. Ann Komaromi's new book, "Soviet Samizdat: Imagining a New Society" has recently been published!

You can read more about the book here.

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