Call for Papers: Conference Volume

We are pleased to announce the publication call for papers. Participants are invited to submit revised versions of their conference papers to be considered for inclusion in the conference publication.

The volume will be published in the UCL SSEES series Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe and produced as an electronic publication available from the UCL Discovery website. Submissions will be subject to an anonymous peer-review process, and the final selection of papers will be based on its outcome.

 Papers must be in English and should not exceed 6,000 – 8,000 words in length – including footnotes and any tables – and must adhere to the MHRA style guide, which can be downloaded here. A key feature of the MHRA style guide is that references must be in the form of footnotes only. If you wish to include images in your submission, you must ensure that they are attributed correctly and that you have the appropriate permissions.

 Please send your submission to Your submission must be received by 1 July 2014; submissions received after this date will not be considered.

N.B.: You are only eligible to submit a paper if you presented it at the conference.

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Full conference programme now available as pdf

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The full conference programme is now available for download as a pdf. Click on the cover or here to find out more.

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Additional conference sponsor: ibidem press

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We are proud to announce that ibidem press will be sponsoring our conference! ibidem press is a Germany-based academic publishing house with particular experience in books on history, politics, society and culture of Central and Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Among its well-know series is ‘Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society‘ which also boasts several SSEES academics on its editorial committee and advisory board.

During the days of the conference, ibidem’s UK representative and commissioning editor Jakob Horstmann will not only be taking part in our ‘Publishing your research’ panel. ibidem press is also actively looking for new book projects, including PhD theses, and you are invited to contact Jakob ( and set up a meeting to talk about potential projects.

Last, ibidem has kindly provided us with a few free books that will be raffled off among participants at our closing reception on 21 February.

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Professional development roundtables on publishing and academic blogging confirmed

Our two remaining professional development sessions – ‘Publishing your research’ and ‘Academic blogging and social media’ – have now been confirmed. For each we have been able to invite a number of experienced speakers, often with specific expertise in the area of Slavonic and East European studies. Please find more information about the roundtables under the links below.

‘Publishing your research’ – 19 Febuary 2014, 14:00-15:30, room 347

‘Academic blogging and social media’ – 21 Febuary 2014, 14:00-15:30, room 347

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Funding bid to UCL Graduate School successful

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We are proud to announce that our funding bid with the UCL Graduate School was successful and that we have been awarded a grant from the ‘research projects fund’.

The UCL Graduate School aims to provide a resource for graduate students, to ensure that UCL continues to be at the forefront of graduate education and research and to enhance the student experience. Thereby, the Graduate School offers not only a large number of Skills Development Courses, but also Research Funds and Scholarships.

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Two remaining keynote speakers confirmed

We have now confirmed two further keynote speakers for the conference! In addition to Erin M. Saltman (who will give her speech on the first day of the conference), we will have the pleasure of hosting:

Thursday, 20th February 2014, 16:00-17:30, room 347

  • Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Associate Professor in Global Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Amongst others, her research interests include post-conflict reconstruction and security as well as war crimes and transitional justice.

Friday, 21st February 2014, 16:00-17:30, room 347

  • Professor Stephen Lovell, Professor of Modern History at King’s College London, who researches Cultural and Social History of 19th and 20th century Russia.
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Professional development session: Getting into academia

We are happy to announce the line-up for our professional development session on getting an academic job (you can find out more about their background and research by following the links to their university profiles):

  • Jakub Benes, Postdoctoral Researcher in the history of modern east central Europe, University of Birmingham
  • Katherine Bowers, Research Associate in Russian literature, University of Cambridge
  • Joanna Szostek, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCL
  • Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, Teaching Fellow focussing on Yugoslav history, LSE
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