UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)



PROLang represents all interdisciplinary language-based area studies research and interests across all departments at SSEES.

SSEES offers courses, through our degree programmes and language short courses in 18 languages of the region. Our research is supported by the SSEES Library, one of the major research libraries covering the whole of the Central and East European region, alongside Russia.

PROLang aims to strengthen, further promote, and influence policy, on East European language-based area studies through seminars, talks, workshops, and a biannual conference. PROLang also networks with other relevant institutions such as Institute of Modern Languages Research, Chartered Institute of Linguists, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, University Council of Modern Languages, All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, other universities and bodies that share our aims.

We run twice termly seminars on a wide range of topics. We are involved in outreach projects as well as organising an interdisciplinary biannual international conference. We represent PGR and students’ ongoing research through dedicated presentations.

We welcome proposals and contributions from everyone.

Upcoming events
17 October at 5.30pm BST

Macedonian Language – The Meeting Point of Slavic and Balkan Languages

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25 October 2023 at 2pm BST

Decolonising Language Studies Symposium II

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2022-23 Events
2 December 2022 at 4pm GMTEbbs and Flows – World Events and Interest in the Study of Languages in the UK- (the case of Romanian - panel discussion). 

Launch event with Prof Emeritus Dennis Deletant, Prof Adam Ledgeway, Prof Martin Maiden and  Dr Kim Schulte-moderated by Ramona Gonczol and Shaun Foley 

PROLang launch event poster with a picture of Transfăgărășan, Curtea de Argeș, Romania
6 December 2022 at 6pm GMT

'Graded Readers' of Slovene Classics: A New Approach to Language Study with Maja Rančigaj Beneš

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16 January 2023 at 6pm GMT

Myths and Misconceptions about the Language Situation in Ukraine with Prof Volodymyr Kulyk

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7 February 2023 at 6pm GMT

From Jokes to War of Extermination: Post-Soviet Russian Anti-Ukrainianism in the Linguistic and Ideological Dimension, 1991-2022 with Prof Gasan Gusejnov and Prof Maria Rubins

Gasan Gusejnov
20 February 2023 at 5pm GMT

Queering Language with Shaun Foley and Dr Urszula Chowaniec

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07 March 2023 at 4pm

Spotlight on… Polish: Putting Postgraduate Research Centre Stage

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23 March 2023 at 6pm GMT

Bulgarian: From the language of Cyril and Methodius to modern times

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09 May 2023 at 6pm BST

The Digital Revitalisation of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish): from Web 1.0 to 3.0

Dr Carlos Yebra López
19 May 2023 at 6pm BST

Fighting Talk: Language and War in Ukraine

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25 May 2023 at 4pm BST

Decolonising and Language Studies

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