Russian Philology division of the Institute of Philology and Arts continues to integrate the traditions of Russian language and literature division of the Imperial University of Kazan, as well as Literature and Arts division of High Institute of Education and East Pedagogical Institute, Kazan State University and Tatar State University of Humanity and Education in study and teaching of Russian language and literature. The division combines scientific and pedagogical potential of major schools of philology: the historical-linguistic school at KSU, the national school of literary criticism, comparative philology schools and schools of teachers’ training in the field of language and literature.
The division unites the following seven departments: the Department of foreign literature, the Department of literature history, the Department of Russian literature, the Department of Russian literature of XX-XXI
centuries and methods of teaching history of Russian and Slavic linguistics, the Department of Modern Russian language and teaching methodology, the Department of applied linguistics and the Department of Russian as a foreign language.
The division has conducting research in the fields related to the development of Kazan linguistic school ideas: Kazan school of word formation (Ph.D, Professor Balalykin E.A., Ph.D., Professor Nikolaev G.A. and Ph.D., Professor Nikolaeva T.M.); Study and description of Old Russian texts and historical morphology (Ph.D., assoc. prof. Abdulhakova L.R., Ph.D., Professor Zholobov O.F.), Kazan Methodology School: Issues of improving the content and methods of teaching Russian literature (Ph.D., Professor Akhnetzyanov M.G., Ph.D., Professor Mukhametshin R.F.), the scientific direction of the Chair of foreign literature in studies of comparative philology (Comparative) - "Literary Dialogues: synchronic and diachronic aspects."
In the frames of earlier founded scientific research basis, the literature study divisions are conducting research in the field of the following branches: Theory, history and methodology of literary studies (Ph.D Voronova L.Y., Sidorova M.M.), History and poetics of literary criticism (Ph.D., prof. V.N. Krylov, Ph.D. Voronova L.Y.), History of Russian literature and literary study of local history (Ph.D., Assoc. prof. Pashkurov A.N., Ph.D. Assoc.prof. Bushkanets L.E.), Issues of contemporary literary process in cultural context (Ph.D., Professor. Prokhorova TG). They conduct research in the field of foreign literature: Anglistics Sudy (Assoc. Prof. Kozyrev M.A., Assoc. prof. Khabibullina L.F.), American Studies (Prof. Nesmelova O.O., prof. Shamina V.B., Assoc. prof. Karasik O.B.), German Studies (Prof. Frolov G.A., Assoc.prof. Shevchenko E.N.).
Russian-Tatar Comparative Linguistics direction (Ph.D., Professor Farkhutdinova V.G.), School of System Study of Modern Russian (Ph.D., Professor A. Chernyshev), School of Applied and Computer Linguistics (Ph.D., Professor Galiullin K.R.) and School of Russian and Comparative Paremiology (Ph.D., Professor Fattakhova N.N.) are widely known in scientific circles.
Research in the field of Russian as a Foreign Language has been conducting by Ph.D., Professo Bochina T.G. and Associate prof. Troshkina T.P.
Under the division of Russian Philology, Research and Education Centre of Russian Studies and Slavic Studies is functioning. It combines the following research laboratories:
The division has strong links with foreign universities in Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, USA, China and South Korea.