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 18 languages of the region, through our degree programmes and language short courses.  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, projects and an international biennial conference. PROLang also collaborates with other relevant institutions such as Institute for Languages, Cultures and Societies, Chartered Institute of Linguists, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, University Council for Languages, All Party Parliamentary Groups, PLIDAM Paris, seeFField project at Regensburg University and other universities and bodies that share our aims and increase the esteem of SSEES as a global leader in language-based area studies.

We run twice termly seminars on a wide range of topics. We are involved in outreach and widening participation projects, as well as research.  We represent PGR and students’ ongoing research through dedicated presentations.

We welcome proposals, collaborations and contributions from everyone.

2023-2024 events
17 October 2023 at 5.30pm BST

Macedonian Language – The Meeting Point of Slavic and Balkan Languages

25 October 2023 at 2pm BST

Decolonising Language Studies Symposium II

21 November 2023 at 4pm GMT

War in Words: Exploring the Linguistic Dynamics of Russia-Ukraine War and Its Sociocultural and Psychological Impact

12 January 2023 at 6.30pm GMT

Surzhyk: A Transparent Double Mask

30 January 2023 at 3pm GMT

Albanian Studies in the Global Context

05 March at 3pm GMTSpotlight on...Romanian
11 March 2024 at 6.15pm GMTDoes the Past have an Expiry Date? A conversation with Georgi Gospodinov and Angela Rodel
07 May at 1pm BST

Endangered and Minoritised Languages of Eastern and Southeastern Europe


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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 

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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

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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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