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October 11, 2013

University of Illinois Graduate Program in Slavic Languages and Literatures

Application Deadline: January 1, 2014

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invites applications to our graduate program from students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Slavic literatures and cultures. Qualified students beginning their graduate career at Illinois may be guaranteed as many as five years of financial support, including fellowships, teaching assistantships, summer support, research and graduate assistantships. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (or in related fields) elsewhere.

The Russian classics continue to play a vital role in our program, which is oriented toward students with interests in 18th- through 21st-century Russian literature and culture. But our Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures also emphasizes cultural studies approaches and other interdisciplinary work, and we offer a wide range of coursework and opportunities for individual concentrations, including: the languages, literatures and cultures of Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Bulgaria, as well as Yiddish. In addition to literary studies, our students work on theater; cinema and visual culture; translation theory, history and practice; critical theory; gender studies; cultural history and the arts. Interdisciplinary study is facilitated by our close ties with other campus units, in particular, the federally funded Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; the Department of Gender & Women's Studies; the College of Media; and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Students may earn formal graduate minors or certificates from such units, or they may create their own minors to satisfy Ph.D. requirements.

The faculty of the UIUC Slavic department represent a broad range of interests and methodological approaches, including the intersections of literature with law, medicine, and psychoanalysis; Jewish Studies; gender, sexuality, and the body; empire and the Gothic; postcolonial studies; film history and theory; Czech revival culture; nationalism and literature; Polish exilic and émigré literature; and East European pop culture. We invite you to consult the listing of our faculty, their research interests, and their recent publications at: http://www.slavic.uiuc.edu/people/

The Slavic collection of the University of Illinois Library is the third largest in the country; that resource and our outstanding Slavic Reference Service attract researchers from all over the world, especially during the Summer Research Laboratory.

The Department has a vibrant atmosphere enhanced by the international character of the graduate student body. The Russian Studies Circle (kruzhok) brings together faculty and graduate students from a number of related units for informal discussions of works-in-progress, recently published books, and work by scholars visiting the Illinois campus; there is also an Eastern European Studies Circle, and annual graduate-faculty reading groups on many topics of interest. Our annual Graduate Student Conference--now a collaboration with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago--professionalizes students and shares their work with faculty and students from Illinois and beyond. Illinois is rich with outstanding scholars and scholarly programming in allied fields (history, anthropology, sociology, law, music, and others). Our department also regularly hosts speakers and organizes or co-sponsors conferences. We participate actively in cross-campus and interdisciplinary initiatives; information about such events is archived on our website: http://www.slavic.illinois.edu

To learn more about the opportunities and resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please visit our website:
http://www.slavic.illinois.edu/graduate/

To apply, visit http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

This year's application deadline is January 1, 2014. We will continue to consider applications after this date on a case-by-case basis, but late applicants are likely to have greatly diminished prospects for financial support.

For questions about our graduate program, please contact:

Prof. Valeria Sobol <vsobol@illinois.edu>
Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. Michael Finke <mcfinke@illinois.edu>
Department Head
For questions about the application process, please contact:

Lynn Stanke <stanke@illinois.edu>
Graduate Student Services

Posted by jmkirsch at October 11, 2013 11:50 AM

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