Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century conference

Call for Papers

Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century

5th Annual Conference

Friday to Saturday, 21–22 February 2020

Location: London, UCL School for Slavonic and East European Studies

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the Ostrogorski Centre invite proposals from established academics and doctoral researchers for individual papers and panels discussing various aspects of contemporary Belarusian studies.

The conference will take place on 21–22 February 2020 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in London. The Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies will follow the main conference panels.

The Annual Lecture titled 'Litva and Other Lessons of Belarusian History' will be delivered by Professor Norman Davies CMG FBA FRHistS, professor emeritus at University College London, a visiting professor at the Collège d'Europe, and an honorary fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford.

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

The organisers are interested in papers that discuss history, political science, political economy, literature, sociology and religious studies. Interdisciplinary studies and panel proposals are particularly encouraged. Selected papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Belarusian Studies in 2020.

To submit a paper or panel proposal please complete the online form linked here no later than 15 November 2019. The working language of the conference is English. Applicants will be notified about selection by 25 November 2019.

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.

For any questions relating to the conference, please email belauk2020@gmail.com.

Download this call for papers (pdf).


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).