Dr Shamil Khairov

  • University Teacher of Russian (Central and East European Studies)
  • University Teacher (Russian) (School of Modern Languages and Cultures)

Research interests

Research interests:

The main topic I have been working at for the last few years is entitled The Slavonic Languages in Axiological Perspective. It focuses on the interaction between language, culture and politics in cultural history of Slavs and deals with evaluative and inter-cultural reception of different strata of Russian and other Slavonic languages.  My recent articles and academic papers are a part of this project. 

I have reviewed books on Croatian, Czech, Polish, Russian and Slovene linguistics. 

Other themes:  

Modern Russian grammar

The volume of Modern Russian Grammar (469 pp.) written in co-authorship with John Dunn has been published by Routledge in January 2009.  This is the most comprehensive reference guide written in English combining traditional and function-based grammar of Russian in a single volume. The Workbook (in co-authorship with John Dunn) to this volume has been published by Routledge in 2011.

Semiotics of modern Russian photography.

This topic resulted from my involvement in art photography.  It focuses on art-photography in the late USSR and Post-Soviet Russia. In 2005-2013 I have recorded a series of interviews with prominent Russian photographers which I have used in my Russian C20 Visual culture course, academic papers and numerous lectures before students and general public in Scotland and abroad. I am currently interestend in the phenomenon of Lithuanian photography in the USSR and its influence to the Russian artists.

Recent publications:        

1. Modern Russian Grammar: A practical Guide (In co-authorship with John Dunn), Routledge: 2009, 471 p.

2. Modern Russian Grammar: Workbook (In co-authorship with John Dunn), Routledge: 2011, 225 pp.

3. Писатели о метафизике славянских языков. – Нобеловата награда за литература – мост между културите. Proceedings of the International Conference The Nobel Prize for literature – a bridge between cultures, Sofia, Bulgaria: IVIS, 2013, pp. 103-109 (the article focuses on writers’ reliance on myths and stereotypes about the essential difference between Slavonic and Western languages).

4. Книга Надежды Жаринцевой “The Russians and their language” (1916) и культурологические интерпретации русского языка. - От лингвистики к мифу: лингвистическая культурология в поисках этнической ментальности. Сост. А.Павлова. St.Petersburg: Anthology, 2013), pp. 289–315 (a critical analysis of one of the early projections of the Russian language to the national character compared with present-day interpretations of the Russian psyche seen through the Russian language).

5. In search of the ‘Slavonic genius of language’: the language critique and linguistic reflections of Czesław Miłosz and Joseph Brodsky. In Print, to appear in Modern Language Review ,Volume 109, Part 3, 2014, pp. 726-748.




Co-supervising with Dr John Dunn:


I  currently co-supervse (with Dr John Dunn) one PhD candidate working  on cohesive devices in the Russian social network VKontakte.




Russian at all levels and in most formats

Honours option courses:

The Russian 20th Century Visual Culture (SMLC)

Starting from the Russian icon and the 19th century painting, the course concentrates on the Russian avant-garde, Soviet and Post-Soviet art and visual environment against wider European background  with special attention to the following topics:

  • The Russian avant-garde: in literature and in visual arts;
  • The history of the Soviet poster;
  • Photography and propaganda;
  • Gender in Russian painting, poster and photography;
  • The Socialist realism  and Censorship in visual arts under Stalin;
  • National identity issues in Russian visual culture;
  • Non-conformist and Post-modern art;
  • Outstanding contemporary Russian photographers.
  • The classical image stock in Post-modernist times

The Slavonic Languages (taught at SMLC)

Starting from the Old Church Slavonic and the methods of reconstruction of the Common Slavonic language this course is intended to acquaint students with the principal distinguishing features of the individual Slavonic languages from a synchronic and diachronic perspective, with selected issues related to the processes of creating their codified literary form and to give students some basic practical knowledge of particular languages from each Slavonic sub-group.

Translation from English into Russian and short Essay in Russian (taught SMLC)

This course is intended to provide students with a thorough training in advanced translation techniques and deepen their awareness of the relationship between language and culture.

Additional information

  • In 1985 I was awarded a PhD on comparative Slavonic linguistics from St. Petersburg State University, Department of Slavonic Philology.
  • I came to Glasgow in 2005 from Dublin where I had various academic appointments teaching Polish and Russian in Trinity College.

I am regularly invited to give  open lectures  on the history of Russian art photography and  my own photo work at photography clubs and galleries in Scotland and abroad.

My photo work can be seen here: www.khairov-photo.co.uk

Recent solo exhibitions of my monochrome photo work:

Quiet Russia.  Edinburgh, October 2009; 

Einfache Dinge (Simple things). Germershem,  Germany, June-July 2013;

Za siedmoma rzekami (Over seven rivers). Warsaw, January-February 2014.

A poet James Sutherland-Smith has written 36 poems on my photographs. We are currently looking for a publisher for this completed project entitled Photopoems