UCL Open Day 2012
UCL Open Day 2012
UCL Open Day 2012
UCL Open Day 2012

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) teacher masterclasses

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will be running two masterclasses on subjects relating to both the history and language elements of the degree programmes offered at SSEES. 

Teachers can attend one of the masterclasses and then attend a tour of the world renowned SSEES library. 

Both masterclasses will be taking place on Friday 12 October 9am - 1.30pm at Bentham House, UCL. 

The masterclasses are free to attend for all teachers from non-selective UK state schools. Further details about each masterclass are below. Please note that you can only attend one of the masterclasses. 

Rethinking the Communist Takeover of Eastern Europe, 1945-1948

The communist takeover of 'Eastern Europe' between 1945 and 1948 appears at first glance an obvious consequence of the advance into Europe of the Soviet Union's Red Army into Europe at the end of the Second World War. In reality the takeover was lengthy, messy and incomplete. In reality it relied on a wide range of factors including the popularity of the communist ideology and the weaknesses of its opponents. By exploring each of the reasons for the takeover, this masterclass will provide insight into the complexity of the topic, the debates that shape its historiography, and it’s the continuing relevance.

The politics and teaching pluricentric languages as foreign language (Serbo-Croatian, English and German)

What happens with a language when a country where it is used by the majority of citizens breaks up? In this session we will explore overlaps and discontinuities in the symbolic function of language through three case studies. Firstly, we will explore the link between nation building processes in the former Yugoslav states prior to and after Yugoslavia's break-up in the 1990s and the creation of discontinuity with a certain linguistic and language naming tradition in the Serbo-Croatian speaking area.

Common narratives surrounding the description of fragmentation of Serbo-Croatian will be presented, among them the one that promotes the concept of "pluricentric languages". Secondly, the concept of "pluricentric languages" will be explored in a contrastive framework, using case studies from the Serbo-Croatian language, the English language and the German language. The session will conclude with looking into how perceptions of, and reactions to, pluricentric models for standard languages affect the field of teaching these languages as foreign languages. 


Please register for the event and select which masterclass you would like to attend via our online registration form