Lara Ryazanova-Clarke


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PhD projects

Russian language and society, Global Russian, Russian media, Russian literature and culture, especially of the post-Soviet period, Russian identity, Russian diaspora

Personal profile


  • MA (Hons), PhD, FCIL, 
  • Academic Director of the  Princess Dashkova Russian Centre
  • Senior Lecturer and Head of Russian at DELC, University of Edinburgh
  • Editor, Russian Language and Society book series

Research Interests

Dr Lara Ryazanova-Clarke's scholarship is in broadly defined socio-cultural language studies in its relation to Russian. This includes

  • sociolinguistics
  • critical discourse studies
  • linguistic anthropology
  • literary poetics
  • history of linguistic ideas
  • Russian language and globalisation
  • linguistic violence

She is particularly interested in post-Soviet subjectivity as reflected, constructed and performed in discourse, in the construction of Russian national identity and in application of theories of post-colonialism, globalism and cosmopolitanism to the post-Soviet phenomenon of global Russian.

She welcomes postgraduate applications in the listed, similar and interdisciplinary fields.

Research activity

For a number of years, she has been a Fellow of Institute of Linguists and an international reviewer for the Shota Rustaveli National Foundation for Humanities of Georgia. She is a member of the Presidium of the International Association for Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) - an international Russian language and literature teaching strategy think tank (2014-to date). She is Leader of the Language and Violence DELC Research stream.

Currently, Lara Ryazanova-Clarke is PI of an AHRC-funded OWRI project 'Global Russians': Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK (2016-2020). Her other ongoing and recent research projects include:

1) The Global Russian: International travel as cultural and linguistic practices (funded by AHRC), 2015-2016.

2) A discursive turn to violence in Putin's Russia.

Dr Ryazanova-Clarke's international collaborations include her participation in two international projects: ‘The Landslide of the Norm: Linguistic liberalization and literary development in Russia in the 1920s and 1990; and ‘The Future of Russian: Language Culture in the New Technology Era’, 2005-2012, both funded by the Arts Council of Norway.



  • MSc Res in Russian
  • Russian Language Society: from Proper Use to Propaganda (Russian Studies 4 Hons option course)
  • Russian Culture lecture course
  • Russian Studies 4 Hons Prose 
  • Russian Studies 4 Hons Writing in Style
  • Russian Studies 4 Hons Text Analysis

Education/Academic qualification

Russian, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Emotions in Russian Lexis, University of Strathclyde

1 Sept 198920 Jun 1991

Award Date: 20 Jun 1992

Russian Language and Literature, Bachelor of Arts


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • discourse studies
  • globalisation
  • Russian Studies
  • Russian language
  • linguistic anthropology
  • Russian culture
  • literary poetics


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