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2020 Annual Conference Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century



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.

This year’s Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies will be delivered by Professor Thomas Bohn from Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany. The title is ‘Bagpipe Player and Painted Birds. Belarusian Histories of the People in the Marshes.’

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 belauk2020@gmail.com.



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