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UCL Mellon Programme


The UCL Mellon Programme is a collaboration between UCL and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation of New York. The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop and disseminate interdisciplinary modes of research across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and beyond
  • To provide a first-rate career start for recently qualified post-doctoral researchers.

New Horizons in Russia and Eastern Europe: A New Vision Through Language-Based Area Studies (2012-2018)

This six-year programme based at SSEES intends to promote understanding of fast-changing developments in the post-Soviet space, but also to work towards  a fundamental re-conceptualisation of Language-Based Area Studies in order to facilitate new modes of interdisciplinary and transnational research.

Workshop 10 November 2015: Eastern Europe without Borders. 

Participants will discuss how East European studies can engage with a world of people, objects, ideas and practices in motion.  How does attention to connections, transfers, and networks beyond the borders of states and nations enrich the possibilities of this field? What are the practical implications for research, teaching and training? And how does such work in East European studies speak to scholars in other fields? 

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Speakers  include:

  • Dr Michał Murawski  (SSEES, UCL)
  • Dr Carmen Popescu (Sorbonne)
  • Dr Vladimir Kulić (FAU Miami)
  • Dr Bernard Struck (St Andrews)
  • Dr Jan Grill (Manchester)
  • Dr Anca Parvulescu (Washington University St Louis)
  • Prof  Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)
  • Dr Łukasz Stanek (Manchester)
  • Prof James Mark (Exeter)
  • Prof David Crowley (RCA London)
  • Prof Diana Mishkova (Sofia)
  • Dr Maciej Maryl (Warsaw)
  • Dr Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld London)

Area Studies in the 21st Century / Eastern Europe without Borders is supported by the AHRC as part of the Language-Based Area Studies Development Funding programme.

How it works

Each year, one new post-doctoral research fellow is appointed to the UCL Mellon programme for a two-year term, within one of the following themes:

  • Area Studies Old and New (2012 - 2014)
  • Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange (2013 - 2015)
  • Reconfiguring Spatial and Temporal Configurations (2014 - 2016)
  • Internationalisation and the concept of the national (2015 - 2017)
  • Political Changes and Challenges (2016–2018)

The Mellon Fellows

  • Dr Lora Koycheva - Area Studies Old and New (September 2012 - August 2014)
  • Dr Joanna Szostek - Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange (September 2013 - August 2015)
  • Dr Michal Murawski - Reconfiguring Spatial and Temporal Configurations (September 2014-2016)
  • Dr Ivan Rajković - Internationalisation and the Concept of the National (September 2015-August 2017)

Background, Past Activities & Fellows

The UCL Mellon Programme was the brainchild of Professor Michael Worton – former UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International) - and has been running since 2001.