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Durham University

The Russkiy Mir Centre

The Russkiy Mir Centre

The Russkiy Mir Centre “Sergei Averintsev” is located at Durham University. The Centre was officially opened in April 2013, and is a joint project of the Russkiy Mir Foundation and Durham University. The centre conceives of its mission in a twofold way: as a facilitator of interdisciplinary research and at the same time, as a bridge between cultures, which will communicate the riches of Russian civilisation to the general public across cultural, generational and every other divide.

By taking its name after Sergei Sergeevich Averintsev, a towering intellectual figure of the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras, the Centre symbolically emphasises its vision of the humanities as an interdisciplinary, universal and, above all, integrative domain. As the Durham University Professor Mikhail Epstein recollects, the same, integrative and multidisciplinary approach characterised Sergei Averintsev’s vision of the humanities. 

The aim of the centre is to assist individuals, students, academic staff and researchers in the study of Russian language, Russian Culture, and contemporary life in Russia. In order to achieve this aim we aim to provide free of charge access to both classical and modern Russian literature alongside art study materials, and materials concerning multinational culture and of the history of the Russian Federation.

More widely, the Centre aims to expand cultural, academic and scholarly contacts between citizens and organisations in Russia and the United Kingdom and to assist in the development of other areas of future mutual interest. 

Contact Details

Durham University,
DH1 3LE,
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000

Sergei Sergeevich Averintsev

The Centre takes its name after a distinguished Russian philologist, Biblical scholar, cultural historian and a towering intellectual figure of the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras, Sergei Sergeevich Averintsev. Find out more