Research Project: Human Communication Beyond Words: Russian Media, Dr Anna Pleshakova

Multimodal analysis is the analysis of verbal, sound, and visual aspects of human communication. It combines the forces of cognitive linguistics, discourse, communication and computational analyses. It is a ground-breaking new area of research. It is also extremely challenging due to the complex nature of human communication and the interdisciplinary, collaborative, creative and labor-intensive approach required.

Between Russia and Europe: Homophobic Politics and LGBT Activism in Eurasia, Prof Dan Healey

REES will host a new project exploring political homophobia and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender – LGBT - communities in the countries of the former Soviet Union. ‘Between Russia and Europe: Homophobic Politics and LGBT Activism in Eurasia’ will bring together global scholars and activists from the former Soviet Union to discuss in comparative and transnational perspectives the historical origins, and contemporary politics of homophobia in the region.

Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2015

Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2015

14th annual conference of the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association

"Crossing boundaries: taking a cognitive scientific perspective on Slavic languages and linguistics"

Organised by Dr Anna Pleshakova and Dr Dagmar Divjak (Sheffield)

Universities of Sheffield and Oxford, UK, 9 - 13 December 2015

For more information, please see the conference website.

Coalitional Presidentialism Project


The project is motivated by the surprising sustainability of multiparty presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and postcommunist Europe.

Despite predictions to the contrary, presidents have been remarkably successful at winning legislative support from fragmented legislatures. The project has two principal objectives: (1) to identify the tools that presidents use to govern in concert with multiparty legislatures and (2) to assess the effects of these tools on horizontal accountability in new democracies.

Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis

Funded by CEELBAS research project grant (£5000) and Oxford Social Sciences DTC (ESRC-funded) grant (£1300), and resulted in the international research workshop “Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis”, organised by Dr. Pleshakova and held at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, September, 2013

Languages of Informality


Dr Nicolette Makovicky has been awarded a CEELBAS network grant of £2500 for two, one-day, interdisciplinary workshops. These workshops, which will be co-organised with David Henig (University of Kent), will bring together scholars from CEELBAS institutions, policy makers and representatives of third sector organizations to the debate linguistic, literary, and analytical aspects of informal economic practices across the contemporary post socialist Eurasia. These practices include networking, favouritism, clientelism, bribery, and corruption.

Economic Change, State Priorities and the Wellbeing of Vulnerable Groups

Dr Christopher Davis, Dr Christopher Gerry and Dr Charles Walker have been awarded £14,943 by the Nuffield foundation to investigate how the wellbeing of two vulnerable groups in Russia, children and the elderly, have been influenced during the transition period (1992-2010) by the combined effects of economic performance, state priorities and policies and individual/family behaviour.