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  • The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies is

  • arguably the most important institution of its kind in the world.

  • It celebrates this year its centenary.

  • Everyone is a specialist in the region. Everyone is

  • exceptionally well-travelled in the region.

  • Given that we are studying one particular part of the word, and given that we often

  • sort of focus on specific social issues,

  • it's sort of quite clear that you can’t study these issues from one single disciplinary

  • perspective.

  • The world out there isn't neatly divided into different disciplines.

  • One of the good things about studying at SSEES is that people are not only a part

  • of UCL,

  • which can be sometimes really big, but they also belong to a small community.

  • One-on-one, the smaller classes we were in with some of the professors that I worked with, they

  • made a

  • a big impression on me because they were very learned people, they were

  • kind of good people, you know they wanted to share their knowledge, and

  • it's those kind of smaller groups, those classrooms where youre working

  • with individual professors and how that affects you as a person.

  • My day-to-day life is spent

  • with the history staff, with fellow history PhDs,

  • but you come into contact with a whole range of people who are doing

  • different disciplines, so theyre doing literature, theyre doing economics, theyre doing

  • modern

  • foreign policy. SSEES has a very, very

  • important element to it, which is its area focus, which goes

  • hand-in-hand with its interdisciplinarity. Just being

  • surrounded by these people talking about ideas, it really broadens your mind

  • and my research is quite interdisciplinary anyway, so I find it a

  • really useful stimulus just to make me think in

  • other directions, and I really don't think that I would have got that if I’d just been

  • in the history department at another university. Over the course of time my

  • research shifted quite significantly away from international relations

  • and looks much more at sort of migration, sexuality and health,

  • and this wasn't the result of my attending

  • seminars and lectures at SSEES, or at least not only

  • due to that, but it was sort of talking to colleagues in the corridors or over

  • a coffee

  • in the senior common room, asking what they were working on,

  • and my interest sort of being piqued and

  • my research therefore being sent off in

  • unexpected directions.

  • Here we believe that language is culture, so

  • that’s the approach from which we teach the languages. At this point in time,

  • we may be the only institution in the world that teaches

  • 18 languages of the region. All the academics working at

  • SSEES are obviously fluent in a number of these East European languages

  • and they incorporate these language skills into their research, and that brings about

  • very important cultural insights into whatever discipline

  • one is engaged in doing research.

  • The school was founded by several extraordinary individuals,

  • among them the three most prominent are Sir Bernard Pares,

  • Robert Seton-Watson and Tomas

  • Garrigue Masaryk. Masaryk delivered a very important lecture

  • in October 1915 on the fate of small nations of Europe. He later became the

  • first president

  • of independent Czechoslovakia. Many prominent scholars,

  • politicians, artists, writers

  • from the region, who were later joined by a

  • set of extraordinary researchers from all over the world,

  • produced a remarkable body of scholarships over these

  • 100 years and trained a broad range of students.

  • Among our alumni

  • we count prime ministers, parliamentarians,

  • functionaries of many important international organisations

  • and many successful business people.

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies is

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スラブ・東欧研究のUCLスクール(SSEES)の100年 (100 years of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES))

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