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Maria A. Volkonskaya

  • Maria A. Volkonskaya has been at HSE University since 2013.

Education and Degrees

  • 2012

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Germanic Languages
    Lomonosov Moscow State University
    Thesis Title: The language of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”: on the interrelationship between traditional poetic words and loanwords

  • 2011

    Doctoral programme in Germanic languages
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Philology

  • 2007

    Degree in Philology
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Philology

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2023, 2022, 2018, 2017

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers" (2014-2015)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)


  • 2022
    the 18th International Saga Conference: Sagas and the Circum-Baltic Arena, Helsinki and Tallinn (Хельсинки). Presentation: On ranks and rankings (roundtable “Better late than never: Olga Smirnitskaya’s 'The Verse and the Language of Old Germanic Poetry' appears in English” )
  • 12th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 12). Presentation: Tracing the roots of Lawman’s poetic diction: synonyms for "man, warrior" in the "Brut" and Old English non-poetic sources
  • 2021
    56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo). Presentation: Poetic Diction in Lawman’s "Brut": Continuity or Connectivity?
  • 2020

    Crossing Borders, Contesting Boundaries - MEMSA Podcast Series (Дарем). Presentation: Scottish “The Vertewis of the Mess” and its English Counterparts

  • 2019
    11th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 11) (Флоренция). Presentation: Authorial self-presentation in the "Ormulum"
  • Между строк... или грамматика нереального-3 (Москва). Presentation: Пастырь и паства: к вопросу о прагматике и риторике английских гомилий конца X–XII веков
  • 2018
    International Medieval Congress (IMC) (Лидс). Presentation: John Lydgate on the virtues of the mass: translation, memory, and change
  • 2017
    10th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 10) (Ставангер). Presentation: Number symbolism in the "Ormulum"
  • 2016
    Ломоносовские чтения (Москва). Presentation: Древнеанглийские поэтические синонимы в свете корпусных данных
  • Гаспаровские чтения - 2016 (Москва). Presentation: “Rinkas feollen”: cинонимические обозначения мужчины, воина в английских поэтических памятниках X–XIII века
  • International Medieval Congress (IMC) (Лидс). Presentation: Old English and Middle English alliterative ranks: the devil in the details
  • Aspects sociaux des littératures médiévales. Texte et situation communicative au Moyen Âge (Москва). Presentation: “Whi icc till Ennglissh hafe wennd / Goddspelless hallᵹhe lare”: the author and the audience of the “Ormulum”
  • 2015
    9th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 9) (Вроцлав). Presentation: Translating "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight": interpreting the diction, interpreting the metre
  • 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo). Presentation: Translator and language change: on J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
  • 2014
    Ломоносовские чтения (Москва). Presentation: "Ормулум" в контексте средневековых учений о языке
  • 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo). Presentation: Insular spelling reforms in the Middle Ages: the "Ormulum" and the "First Grammatical Treatise"
  • Научный семинар направления "Филология" (Москва). Presentation: Англо-французский билингвизм и его отражение в английской поэзии конца XIV века
  • 2013
    8th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 8) (Мурсия). Presentation: On the origins and functions of synonyms in Middle English alliterative poetry


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