Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century conference

Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century

8th Annual Conference

Location: Onloine and in-person (UCL School for Slavonic and East European Studies & Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum)

On 28–29 April 2023, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum organise the Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies.  It will bring together established academics and doctoral researchers for individual papers and panels 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 28–29 April 2023 in the hybrid format. The Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies will follow the main conference panels. Those attending in person will be able to attend a reception at UCL 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, business, 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 2023.

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

Conference partners: the Journal of Belarusian Studies, British Association of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BAESEES), and Charles University (Prague).

To submit a paper please complete this online form no later than 15 January 2023. The working language of the conference is English. Applicants will be notified no later than 31 January 2021.

Please spread the word and use hashtag #BelStudies. For any questions relating to the conference, please email belstudies.conference@gmail.com.

 


Past conferences
  • 7th Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference & Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies (2022). Keynote address: Complexity, Resilience and the Political: Understanding the Many Crises in Belarus – The Annual Lecture on Belarusian Studies: Professor Elena Korosteleva, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (programmevideo
  • 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).