The area of Russian and East European studies in Tallinn University School of Humanities focuses on training Russian philologists, teachers of the Russian language and literature for schools where the language of tuition is Russian, Russian as a second language for teachers, experts in Slavonic cultures, and employees in the Russian language media sphere in Estonia both at the Bachelor and Master level. On the doctoral level the area is responsible for the module of Slavonic languages and cultures in the curriculum of Studies of Cultures. We also offer subjects that can be chosen as minors like Russian language editing and Estonian-Russian translating. We provide lessons in other Slavonic languages.
The research interests of the Russian and East European studies area concentrate mainly on 20th and 21st Century Russian literature and culture, Russian culture in Estonia, and literary and cultural connections between Russian and other Slavonic languages. A prominent position in our research is topics like Russian language media in Estonia, issues connected to teaching Russian, and Estonian-Russian comparative linguistics. Our study area is one of the most renown centres for researching Mikhail Bulgakov’s life and works. We are one of the few research and study centres that continuously researches the issues of the Russian diaspora in cooperation with European, American and Russian universities and research institutions. Our research appear as articles, monographs and popular books promoting research in all the areas of our research interests.
Our Russian and Eastern European area has connected its activities closely with shaping and developing local Russian intellectuals. This aim is supported by our integrated research and teaching. The research papers of our students are often related to our research projects, and our students organise annual international conferences for young philologists, and an electronic publication Studia Slavica that is related to these activities has already gone through thirteen issues.
The students and lecturers of our area actively participate in international programmes and research projects in Europe and beyond. Due to our aims of internationalisation we have been and hope to continue as an attractive place for work and study for post-doctoral students and lecturers who can complement their knowledge on the topics researched by us.
Our graduates have always been welcome at schools, and as editors in publishing houses, translators and journalists.
Head of Study Area: Aurika Meimre, Associate Professor of Russian culture in Estonia