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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Areas of Interest: 
Language, literature and national identity


My primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. I also study Soviet Russian dissident literature and Turkish nationalist literature. My broader interests include nationalism theory, human rights discourse, and problems of cultural memory. My current project is a comparative study of the role of lyric poetry in the emergence of modern European nationalisms.

I direct the Ukrainian Studies programme at Cambridge and chair the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies


Key publications: 

'Captive Turks: Crimean Tatars in Pan-Turkist Literature', Middle Eastern Studies 50.2 (Spring 2014)

Remembering Katyn, co-authored with Alexander Etkind, Uillieam Blacker, Julie Fedor, Simon Lewis, Maria Mälksoo and Matilda Mroz, Polity Press (2012)

'The Poetics of Home: Crimean Tatars in Nineteenth-Century Russian and Turkish Literatures', Comparative Literature Studies 49.1 (January 2012)

'Forgetting Nothing, Forgetting No One: Boris Chichibabin, Viktor Nekipelov, and the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars', Modern Language Review106.4 (September 2011)

'Nationalism and the Lyric; or, How Taras Shevchenko Speaks to Compatriots Dead, Living, and Unborn', Slavonic and East European Review 89: 1 (January 2011)

Head, Department of Slavonic Studies
University Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies
Dr Rory  Finnin