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Slavic Studies



Silke Berndsen

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Library Holdings and Acquisitions

The University and State Library has a historically grown print collection at its disposal covering the full breadth of the Slavic linguistic and cultural area as well as several estates of important Slavists (including Dmitri Chiževskij) that are indexed by provenance.


Gaps in the holdings of older literature, stemming from the period after 1945,  were successfully filled in 2012 by taking over several sections of the dissolved library of the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Frankfurt am Main. The current collection foci are aligned with the prevailing profile of university teaching, and the aim is to continually expand access to electronic content.

Finding and Using

Titles related to Slavic Studies are mainly located in the Branch Library Steintor-Campus. All holdings are completely electronically indexed (if necessary in scientific transcription). Apart from a few exceptions, the holdings can be borrowed freely.

Individual Classification

Books acquired up to 2014 are shelved according to an individual classification system.


Books acquired from 2015 onwards are shelved according to the Regensburger Verbundsklassifikation (RVK).

Call Number

The call number of each title can be researched by using Ha:Lit.

Spatial Information System

For titles located at the Steintor campus, the V:Scout spatial information system additionally depicts the shelf area, where the title is located.

Collection of Subject-Relevant Links


Electronically available journals of the specific subject are indexed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).


For researching Slavic literature you can use various subject databases, which can be found by researching the Database Information System (DBIS) of the ULB.

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History and Profiling of the Subject

Slavic studies have a long tradition in Halle: Dating back to the 17th century – just a few years after the founding of the university – a course on the Russian language was offered for the first time in the winter semester of 1697/98. The subject experienced a significant expansion after World War II and especially in the 1970s and 1980s, when the field of Slavic Studies was represented at the MLU with up to six chairs. Currently, the Department of Slavic Studies has three professorships covering linguistics, literary studies, and cultural studies. The focus of the range of languages represented in research and teaching is on Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Slavic Studies are available as both, Undergraduate and Graduate Programmes.