Brendan Humphreys gave invited talk in Vienna

Brendan Humphreys was invited to address staff and students in the Department of Slavonic Studies, Vienna University on October 13. The department is one of the worlds’s largest department dedicated Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures. The department is especially strong on South Slav studies, and Humphreys was invited to give a paper entitled, The War on Ukraine and its implications for the Balkans. He was hosted by Professor Miranda Jakiša (pictured). Many of the students and staff are of South Slav origin, and the question and answer session was very lively and challenging.

Dr. Olga Kantokoski returns from the Center for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz

Dr. Olga Kantokoski returned from Austria, where she spent three months as a visiting researcher at the Center for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz. The visit was of benefit to the project “The Yugoslavian Penal Nationalism” due to multiple opportunities that the vibrant academic community of the University of Graz offers to the invited scholars. During her visit, in addition to accomplishing her immediate research tasks, Dr. Kantokoski participated in the conference dedicated to Europe’s future in the light of war in Ukraine, partook in the Center’s brownbag seminars, also with her presentation entitled “Is Southeast European Model of Punishment Too Harsh? The Carceral System of the Western Balkans in the Context of Western European Prison Reform”. Dr. Kantokoski also availed herself of the rich library collections of the University of Graz, including in the native Balkan languages, and established contacts with the leading researchers in the field (Prof. Florian Bieber, Prof. Emma Lantschner, and others). Currently, Olga finalizes her paper “The Modernity and the Evolution of Punishment in Europe’s Periphery: A Longue Duree of the Ebbs and Flows of Penal Liberalization in the Western Balkans” (tentative title). Dr. Kantokoski wishes to cordially thank all those who contributed to her academically fruitful visit to Austria, including – last but not least – Prof. Florian Bieber and Secretary Tanja Bilaver – for their generosity and hospitality.

Professor Judith Pallot’s Gulagechoes project held a 3-day seminar with invited international guests.

Pictured above are (left to right) Vakhtang Kekoshvili, Mikhail Nakonechnyi, Judith Pallot, Lili Di Puppo, Olga Zeveleva, Elena Omel’chenko, Brendan Humphreys, and Costanza Curro. Not pictured here is Albina Garifzyanova. Unfortunately, Sofya Gavrilova was unable to attend.

Dr. Olga Kantokoski awarded Visiting Fellowship

Dr. Olga Kantokoski awarded a visting fellowship in Graz

The Center for Southeast European Studies and the University of Graz, Austria, is unique in terms of being concerned solely with the analysis of the Western Balkans. It provides high-quality knowledge on the region, which is utilized by the academic community and policy makers. Olga Kantokoski, post doctoral researcher in the project “Yugoslav Penal Nationalism” is currently spending her three months’ term in the Center working on the journal article “Is the Southeast European Penal System Harsh? The Western Balkan Model of Carceral Punishment in the Context of Western European Prison Reform”.

BASEES conference, Cambridge

Unsurprisingly, the ongoing war in Ukraine dominated the BASEES (British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies) conference, held in Robinson College, Cambridge, UK on April 8-10, 2022. Professor Judith Pallot, herself vice president of BASEES was ubiquitous at the conference. Pictured below interviewing a BBC foreign correspondent about the Ukraine conflict, she also managed to organize and chair two round-tables based on her Aleksanteri Institute projects, GulagEchoes and Yugoslav Prison Nationalism, the Politics of Punishment.

Judith Pallot interviews BBS foreign correspondent Sarah Rainsford at the BASEES conference in Cambridge. The interview can be viewed here:

Registration is now open at the Registration page

The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) is holding its 2022 annual conference, BASEES 2022, from 8th April to 10th April and will be hosted at Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Panels, roundtables and papers will be held in the following areas: : Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; and Economics. The conference especially welcomes participation by postgraduate research students and early career scholars. .

As usual the annual conference will provide a platform to present and discuss research on all subjects covered by the association. The last pre-Covid conference in 2019 welcomed over 500 delegates from over 40 countries around the world.

BASEES will allow a limited number of remote presentations. Registering for a remote access ticket entitles you to join only the panel in which you are presenting your paper and present your contribution remotely.

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New publication

Conservatism and Memory Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe
Edited by Katalin Miklossy and Markku Kangaspuro, Routledge, 2021,
ISBN 9781003251743
Chapter: Brendan Humphreys, Serbia and Russia: between piety and politics