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2020 Annual Conference Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 07:30

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the  Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum invites to the Annual London conference on Belarusian Studies.

The conference will take place on 21–22 February 2020 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum in London.

The conference serves as a multidisciplinary forum of Belarusian studies in the West and offers a rare networking opportunity for researchers of Belarus. The draft programme of the conference is available here.

To register for the conference please complete the online form linked here no later than 19 February 2020. The working language of the conference is English.

The conference organising committee includes Peter Braga, Dr Stephen Hall, Dr Alena Marková, Prof Yarik Kryvoi (co-chair) and Prof Andrew Wilson (co-chair). The conference is supported by the British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies. Please use hashtag #BelStudies.

The speakers and moderators include:

  • Dr Ryhor Astapenia, Chatham House, United Kingdom
  • Yahor Azarkevich, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Prof Thomas Bohn, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany
  • Paula Borowska, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, United Kingdom
  • Peter Braga, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  •  Jim Dingley, Anglo-Belarusian Society, United Kingdom
  • Dr Aleh Dziarnovich, National Academy of Sciences, Belarus
  •  Dr Sándor Földvári, Debrecen University, Hungary
  •  Dr Joanna Getka, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Tadeusz Giczan, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, United Kingdom
  • Dr Yuras Hetsevich, National Academy of Sciences, Belarus
  • Prof Grigory Ioffe, Radford University, United States of America
  • Ekaterina Keding, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  • Prof Yarik Kryvoi (conference co-chair), Ostrogorski Centre
  • Dr Karalina Matskevich, Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum
  • Dr Alena Marková, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Prof Arnold Barratt McMillin, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, United Kingdom
  • Dr Angela Espinosa Ruiz, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • Dr Anton Saifullayeu, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr Nataliia Steblyna, Donetsk National University, Ukraine
  • Yuliya Yarmak, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus
  • Prof Andrew Wilson (conference co-chair), UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

For any questions relating to the conference, please email

AGM and Mother Language Day Celebration – 8 February 2020

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 05:43

On Saturday, 8 February 2020 an Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society will be held at 2pm at Marian House, London N12.

Following that, the Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to the Mother Language Day celebration, with poetry readings and a special guest appearance of a prominent Belarusian author/ poet TBC.

Our annual Mother Language Day celebration will be organised with the participation of the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum.

The event was inaugurated by the late Vera Rich to mark UNESCO Mother Language Day and involves poetry reading in all languages particularly Belarusian and English.

Read your favourite poem – works of modern poets or old favourites of your choice in Belarusian, English, Scots etc (no need to learn by heart!). Children are very welcome to participate.

The readings will start at 4 pm and will be followed by refreshments.

The suggested minimum donation for ABS members – £5, for non-members – £10 (cash only).

More information and updates on Facebook.

2019 Kalady and Batlejka in London (Christmas celebration)

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 15:12

All members and friends of the Belarusian community in Britain are cordially invited to the traditional Kaliady (Christmas) celebration organised by Anglo-Belarusian Society on Saturday 14 December 2019, 2pm at St Cyril’s Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HY).

There will be the traditional, well-loved Batlejka (Belarusian Christmas puppet show) given by Paval Šaǔcoǔ and his troupe.

Saint Nicholas will be giving out presents, so please, if you are coming with children, make sure to have a present prepared for each child and hand it over to Paval before the performance.

All willing will have an opportunity to sing Belarusian and English carols.

There is no charge for this event but we encourage donations (£5 for ABS members and £8 for non-members).

Please bring with you traditional seasonal food and drink – both Belarusian and British.