Russian: On the historical (dis)unity of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples


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Tuesday 21 May 2024
3.50 to 5.15pm


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This online taster session will give you an insight into what it's like to study Russian at university. You'll have the chance to hear from a Russian academic, participate in a taster lecture and engage with current undergraduates.

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On the historical (dis)unity of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples

When Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February 2022, part of his stated rationale was to bring the Ukrainians back into the great Russian nation, where he claimed they belonged.

The Ukrainian language, he asserted in a lengthy article, was a historical fluke, and the differences between Russian and Ukrainian were a malicious exaggeration by actors hostile to Russia.

In this talk, we'll look at the complicated, intertwined history of the Russian and Ukrainian languages and unpick Putin's cleverly articulated myth of unity. In the process, we'll see some of the tools linguists use to work out what makes one language separate or different from another.

This session is suitable for students in years 12 and 13.

Its a good way to introduce yourself to the prospect of studying at university and gives an idea into what student life could be like

Languages taster session participant in 2022


Please note that this is an approximate schedule and is therefore subject to change.

  • 3.50pm: Log in and get comfortable
  • 3.55pm: Welcome and introduction to the department
  • 4.05pm: Taster lecture
  • 4.50pm: Question and answer session about the lecture
  • 5pm: Question and answer session about your subject at Sheffield, with an admissions tutor and current students

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