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Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century conference

Call for Papers, Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century, 7th Annual Conference

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum invite paper proposals from established academics and doctoral researchers discussing various aspects of contemporary Belarusian studies. The conference serves as a multidisciplinary forum of Belarusian studies in the West and offers a rare networking opportunity for researchers of Belarus.

The conference will take place on 19–20 February 2022 in the hybrid format. It will be possible to attend all panels virtually and some panels as well as the conference reception in person. Those based in London will be able to attend a reception at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and a tour of the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum Church of St Cyril of Turau & All the Patron Saints of the Belarusian People.

The organisers are interested in papers that discuss history, political science, political economy, literature, sociology and religious studies. Interdisciplinary studies are particularly encouraged. Selected papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Belarusian Studies in 2022.

To submit a paper please complete this online form no later than 15 December 2021. The working language of the conference is English. Applicants will be notified about selection by 20 December 2021.

The organising committee includes Prof Yarik Kryvoi (co-chair), Prof Andrew Wilson (co-chair), Dr Alena Marková, and Dr Karalina Matskievich.

Please spread the word (call for papers in pdf) and use hashtag #BelStudies. For any questions relating to the conference, please email belstudies.conference@gmail.com. 


 
Past conferences
 
  • 6th Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2021). Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies: ‘Stalin’s Ghosts, Parasites, and Pandemic – the Roots of the 2020 Uprising in Belarus’ by Professor David Marples, the University of Alberta, Canada (programme; video
  • 5th Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2020) Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies ‘Bagpipe Player and Painted Birds. Belarusian Histories of the People in the Marshes’ by Professor Thomas Bohn, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany. (programmeaudio)
  • 4th Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2019) Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies: ‘Belarusian nationalism in the 2010s, a case of anti-colonialism? Origins, features and outcomes of ongoing ‘Soft Belarusianisation’ by Dr Anais Marin, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus (programme; audio)
  • 3rd Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2018). Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies: ‘Belarusian state- and nation-formation: from Polatsk principality to Independent Belarus’ by Dr Alena Marková, Assistant Professor at the Department of Historical Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague (programme)
  • 2nd Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2017). Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies by Dr Alexander Susha, Deputy Director of the National Library of Belarus, Chairman of the International Association of Belarusian Language and Culture Specialists (programme; audio)
  • Innagural conference ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2016). Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies: 'Belarus: from a Social Contract to a Security Contract?' by: Prof Andrew Wilson, University College London (programme; audio)
  • Innagural Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies: 'The Beginnings of Modern Belarus: Identity, Nation, and Politics in a European Borderland' by Dr Per Anders Rudling, Visiting Professor, University of Vienna & Associate Professor, Lund University (2015) (programme; audio).