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New Director of SSEES

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We are very pleased to announce that the new Director of SSEES will be Professor Jan Kubik. 

Professor Kubik comes to SSEES from Rutgers University, NJ, where he currently holds the Chair of Political Science. After studying sociology and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and several years of teaching in the Department of Sociology there, Professor Kubik earned his doctoral degree in anthropology at Columbia University defending his thesis entitled, ‘The Role of Symbols in the Legitimation of Power. Poland: 1976-1981’. His interest is in social movements and protest politics and the complex interplay between power (politics) and culture. The latter was stimulated by the “exhilarating experience” of the first Solidarity period in Poland.

Professor W R Mead

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SSEES mourns the death of William Richard Mead (1915-2014), who served as Chairman of the Council of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies from 1978 to 1980.

Grant Awarded for Passionate Politics

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A new research initiative on “Passionate Politics” has just received £10,000 seed funding from the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects.

PhD in Record Time

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Congratulations to Valerie Pacer who has successfully defended her PhD thesis, ‘Putin and Medvedev’s Policies towards Euro-Atlantic Security: Between Continuity and Change, 2000-2012’.

SSEES-British Library Collaboration on Ivan Fedorov

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On 9 May 2014, the SSEES Centre for Russian Studies commemorated the sixteenth-century origins of printing in Russia and Ukraine with an international conference at the British Library.

Dean's List

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Congratulations to four SSEES graduands who have received a commendation for this year’s Dean’s List.

Andrew Doll, Melvyn Ingleby, Edward Johnston and Cecilia Rossler have all graduated with First Class Honours in BA History.

SSEES Student awarded ENS Scholarship

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Congratulations to Melvyn Ingleby who has been awarded a scholarship for a two/three-year course at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris.

National School of Development, Peking

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Last month SSEES Acting Director Slavo Radošević attended a week-long international symposium at Peking University. 

SSEES Summer Book Sale

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Up to 75% off selected titles.
SSEES books in the Occasional Papers and Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe series published by UCL SSEES are on sale.

Promotions

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Congratulations to three SSEES Lecturers, who have been promoted to Senior Lecturers. The promotions will take effect from 1 October 2014.  

Nationalism & the First World War

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BBC World Service broadcast with UCL SSEES's Bojan Aleksov. 

On the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, the BBC World Service broadcast a discussion with Bojan Aleksov (UCL SSEES), Amir Duranović (University of Sarajevo) and Allan Little (BBC) on the drive for nationhood and the impact of the First World War on nationalism to this day.

Professor Isabel de Madariaga FBA

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It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Professor Isabel de Madariaga FBA.

Professor de Madariaga, the most distinguished British historian of eighteenth-century Russia and the author of the classic work on Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great (1981), died on Monday 16 June at the age of 94. Born on 27 August 1919, she had a cosmopolitan upbringing in Britain, Switzerland and France, and, as the daughter of Salvador de Madariaga, was introduced to many leading figures of the 1920s and 1930s, including Maurice Ravel. 

World Cup Guru App

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A brand new World Cup app, created by SSEES student.....

Just in time for the opening match of the World Cup 2014, SSEES student Daniel Hakimian created a ‘World Cup Guru’ app which allows football fans to compete by predicting the outcome of each game, the winner being the ‘guru’ who makes the most correct predictions.

CLASH Public Engagement Programme

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CLASH - Collaborative Learning in the Arts Society and the Humanities - is a new public engagement programme for PhD, postdocs and early career researchers working in the arts and humanities and funded by the AHRC.

Third PhD Symposium on South-Eastern Europe

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Third PhD Symposium on South-Eastern Europe

On 13 June, UCL SSEES hosted the third PhD Symposium on South-Eastern Europe.

Around thirty graduate students from the UK and beyond whose research focuses on history, politics and economy of the Balkans presented their work in eight panels chaired by Balkan specialists from several London universities. The one-day conference was well attended by colleagues and future doctoral students who engaged in lively discussions on projects ranging from the Ottoman economy to post-war institution building in Kosovo and Bosnia and newly emerging sports in the region.  

Green Impact Award

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SSEES has won a platinum award as part of the 2013-14 Green Impact Programme, scoring 83 points from a possible 163, 22 points higher than the average across UCL of 61.

The War That Changed the World

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On 22 June Bojan Aleksov (UCL SSEES) will join Amir Duranović (University of Sarajevo) and BBC broadcaster Allan Little to discuss the drive for nationhood during the First World War and the impact of the war on nationalism to this day.

Distinguished Fellowship awarded to SSEES research student

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Jennifer Griffiths has been awarded the 2014-15 Royal Historical Society (RHS) Marshall Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research.

Russian Messianism: Third Rome, Revolution, Communism and After by Peter J S Duncan

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Russian Messianism is the view that the Russian people are the chosen people.

'Social Constructionisms: Approaches to the Study of the Human World' by Titus Hjelm (UCL SSEES)

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Social constructionism is one of the key ideas in the social sciences, offering different frameworks for understanding the human world. But what does it mean when we say that something is ‘socially constructed’? What exactly do we construct in our social interaction? And what actually ‘does’ the constructing?

Baltic Symposium 2014 - 'The Baltic Way'

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Linas Linkevičius, Foreign Minister of Lithuania, delivered the keynote speech at the Baltic Symposium 2014 – 'The Baltic Way'.

Successful PhD

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Congratulations to Julia Halej who passed her PhD viva with minor corrections on Wednesday. Julia’s thesis entitled ‘Other Whites, White Others: East European Migrants and the Boundaries of Whiteness’, was supervised by Richard Mole.

Provost's Teaching Award

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Congratulations to Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi who has won the Provost’s Teaching Award under the category Staff at the Beginning of their Careers.

Essay and poster competitions for Russian Politics and Society students

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Poster winners and judging panel

During the Spring term, students attending the Russian Politics and Society course had an opportunity to win books in their subject area for their non-assessed essays. The selection panel, made up of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants Costanza Curro, Valerie Pacer and Ondrej Timco, chose four winners.

Tadeusz Rozewicz Obituary

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Obituary for Tadeusz Rozewicz by Katarzyna Zechenter in The Guardian. 

PhDs Awarded

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Mellish, who successfully defended her PhD thesis, ‘Dancing through the city and beyond: lives, movements and performances in a Romanian urban folk ensemble’ on 25 March, and also to Kalina Yordanova for her thesis, ‘Intergenerational transmission of traumatic experience in the families of war survivors from Bosnia and Herzegovina’. Both Elizabeth and Kalina were supervised by Ger Duijzings.

The Big Easter Switch Off

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SSEES is participating in UCL's Big Easter Switch Off!

During the holidays, The Big Easter Switch Off is happening across UCL. It’s all about saving energy by switching off the things we’re not using.

East European Language Taster Day

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A very successful East European Language Taster Day was organised on 31 March for the fifth time for prospective undergraduate students as part of the University of London Taster Course Programme.

CHIRP Award and Marie Curie

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Congratulations to Alena Ledeneva and Roxana Bratu who have secured a grant of £5,000 from the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP) towards the creation of a website on an Encyclopaedia of Informality, together with the Centre for Digital Humanities.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - the continuing effects of the Balkans armed conflict on its society

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On Tuesday 18 March, students from SSEES and other London universities as well as members of general public had a unique opportunity and privilege to meet Howard Tucker, who just retired as the Head of Mission for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr Tucker offered a rare glimpse into the practical operation and controversies behind a very new institution of huge importance for the reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia and also for the future of international peace and global justice.

Ukraine Update

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The Library’s web directory of primary and secondary sources on the crisis in Ukraine is still being updated constantly and suggestions for further content are very welcome.

Modern European Language Scholarships

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The UCL Modern European Language Scholarships (MELS) were launched in 2014 and aim to attract the most outstanding language students to UCL. Five awards are made each year.

Ukrainian Crisis

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UCL SSEES library staff have been collecting links to resources on the Ukrainian Crisis and posting regular updates on Twitter (@UCLSSEESLibrary).

Old Rule and New Traditions: Generational Divides in Central & Eastern Europe

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From 19-21 February SSEES hosted the 13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe. Organised bi-annually entirely by the School’s PhD students, it is one of the largest postgraduate conference in the UK.

How Great Battles are Remembered

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Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski together with Robert Frost and Darius Staliūnas took part in a lively public discussion on ‘The great battles of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and how they have been remembered’.

New Format for Economics MA Programmes

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Thanks to the addition of several exciting new modules in economic policy and business economics, the popular SSEES economics degrees in Comparative Economics and Policy and Comparative Business Economics have been re-designed for 2014-15. 

Rita & Victor Swoboda Fund

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On 20 February Anna George, representing the Rita and Victor Swoboda Memorial Fund, met the scholarship holder Ondrej Timco for an update on the progress of his research for his doctoral thesis on ‘Why offshore scheming amplifies political corruption: the Lazarenko case’.

Andrew Wilson on Ukraine Crisis

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See below for footage, blogs and global media coverage.

Al Jazeera Interview

PhD Awarded

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Congratulations to Tul’si Bhambry who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Creativity and Control: Towards a Model of Authorship in Witold Gombrowicz” last June. Tul’si’s supervisors were Tim Beasley-Murray and Peter Zusi.

EEPS Editorship at SSEES

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Professor Wendy Bracewell has become a new editor of East European Politics & Societies and Cultures (EEPS).  

Cimo Award

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The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Helsinki, has awarded Senior Teaching Fellow in Finnish Language, Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi, a total of 17,899 euros for 2015-16 for the teaching of Finnish language and culture at SSEES.

New Opening Hours of the SSEES Library

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Following a successful bid for funding, SSEES Library is delighted to announce that it will introduce 24-hour opening on the same model as the Main and Science Libraries of UCL with effect from Monday 24 February until the end of May.

PhD Successes

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Congratulations to two SSEES research students who have successfully defended their PhD theses.

Slavoj Žižek at UCL SSEES

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On 26 November UCL SSEES welcomed the renowned Slovene philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, and Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat for an engaging discussion around their book, 'What does Europe want?'.  

New Publication: Landmarks Revisited: The Vekhi Symposium 100 Years On

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The Vekhi (Landmarks) symposium (1909) is one of the most famous publications in Russian intellectual and political history.

Growth challenges and economic integration in South Eastern Europe

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Growth challenges and economic integration in South Eastern Europe

SSEES Director Slavo Radošević recently participated in a symposium on ‘Growth challenges and economic integration in South Eastern Europe’ organised in Athens by the Bank of Greece in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

SSEES Lecturer at Peking University

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In early December, Daniel Siemens, DAAD Francis L. Carsten Lecturer for Modern German History at SSEES, was a guest of Peking University (PKU).

Do the Humanities have a nationality? Polish Researchers in the UK

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On 30 November SSEES jointly hosted a well-attended and convivial conference entitled ‘Do the Humanities have a nationality? Polish Researchers in the UK’ with the Jagiellonian University’s Polish Research Centre in London. 

Just published: Polish Literature in Transformation

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Polish Literature in Transformation

This volume consists of an introduction and 17 essays, that emerged from the conference on ‘Polish Literature Since 1989’ held at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in November 2011. 

Julian Graffy

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Current and former SSEES staff, students and colleagues from academia came together this week to celebrate Julian Graffy, Professor of Russian Literature and Cinema, who is retiring at the end of this term. Tributes were paid to Julian for his distinguished career at SSEES and his dedication to the many students who have benefitted from his outstanding abilities. Through his enormous personal effort during his 37 years at SSEES, Julian built up the SSEES Library Russian film collection which has become one of the most extensive outside of Russia. It was announced at the party that the Library would name the film collection in his honour, as a mark of the enormous contribution he has made to the development of the study of Russian film.

Lingua Polonica Prize 2013

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Congratulations to Cecila Pytel, (Politics and East European Studies) who received the Third Prize in Lingua Polonica Prize 2013 awarded by the Polish Ambassador in London. 

Lost for Words

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On 26 November Robin Aizlewood attended the launch at the House of Lords of the British Academy’s latest report on languages Lost for Words to which he had been invited to contribute whilst Director of SSEES. 

Promoting Less Widely-Taught Community Languages through Language Qualifications: a Hungarian ECL Examination Study Day

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On 9 November, the British Hungarian Educators’ Association (MOKKA), UCL SSEES and the Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre in London held a successful Public Engagement Open Day at UCL SSEES (see programme here). The event was attended by approximately 50 people from outside of UCL, including 30 potential future university students and their parents. The families form part of the fast growing Hungarian community in the UK, with the UK-born children learning Hungarian in their homes and in weekend community schools. The Language Promotion Open Day gave these young learners opportunity to use their heritage language in a more formal setting.

Storming the Winter Palace: A Party of the Russian and East European Languages and Culture programme

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Winners of the 'Russian and East European London' photo competition

On 14 December the UCL SSEES Russian and East European Languages and Culture Programme enjoyed a successful party, attended by 120 students and staff, in the Flaxman Gallery and under the main Portico of UCL. 

Just published: The Inhabited Ruins of Central Europe:Re-imagining Space, History and Memory

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This compilation of 11 essays investigates how multiple and opposing elements coexist in modern Central European history; how they are transposed from one cultural and temporal register to another; how they emerge and are maintained in constantly renewed, productive tensions between past and present, reality and fiction, continuity and disappearance. 

Building accountability: transparency, civil society and administrative responses

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On 18-19 November, SSEES
hosted the workshop “Building accountability: transparency, civil society and administrative responses”. This meeting was part of the ANTICORRP, the largest FP7 social sciences project focusing on anticorruption policies.  It marked the official launch of Work Package 11 to investigate the role of non-state actors in accountability efforts, which is led by the Quality of Government Institute, Sweden. 

A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović

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On 14 November the Centre for South East European Studies (SSEES) hosted the book launch of  A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović, by Dr Vlastimir Sudar, (University of the Arts, London).

Football in Southeastern Europe: From Ethnic Homogenization to Reconciliation

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On 11 November the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES) organised a workshop dealing with the social, political and cultural roles of sport in Southeast Europe, a follow-up event to the publication of a special issue of the journal Sport in Society entitled ‘Football in Southeastern Europe: From Ethnic Homogenisation to Reconciliation’. Interest in the event resulted in a large audience that engaged in an afternoon-long debate on sport and its interconnection with social issues in post-Yugoslav societies.

Just published: Controlling Corruption in Europe

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Controlling Corruption in Europe edited by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi. The Anticorruption Report vol.1. Published by Barbara Budrich Publishers. 2013. ISBN 978-3-8474-0125-4. 

Anti-Soviet Resistance in the Baltic States

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Speakers from Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Scotland and England spoke at a round table on resistance in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after their annexation by the USSR in 1940. Violeta Davoliūtė presented her book (ed. with Tomas Balkelis) Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania HE Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė opened the exhibition ‘Under Alien Skies’.

Launch of SSEES Publication in Romania

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Government and Law in Medieval Moldavia, Transylvania and Wallachia

The volume of essays edited by Martyn Rady and Alexandru Simon, Government and Law in Medieval Moldavia, Transylvania and Wallachia (SSEES Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe, no. 11) was launched in Feleac in Romania, on 2 November 2013. 

Croatia in the European Union: Round Table Debate on the Future of the Nation State

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More than one hundred people came to SSEES on 1 November to listen to emerging critical voices from the Balkans debating the future of Europe on the occasion of Croatia’s accession to the European Union. 

Just published: The Mind of the Nation: Völkerspsychologie in Germany by Egbert Klautke

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Völkerspsychologie played an important role in establishing the social sciences via the works of such scholars as Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Ernest Renan, Franz Boas and Werner Sombart.  

IMESS consortium meetings

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SSEES was pleased to welcome our partners in the IMESS programme to London, in late October, for the IMESS Exam Board, Management meetings and the chance to meet the students who will be spending the second year of the programme with them next year, in Belgrade, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Moscow, Prague or Tartu.

New funding for postgraduate research and training in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture

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The UCL SSEES-led Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) has been awarded a major grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council to develop a new national Centre for Doctoral Training in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture.

Congratulations to Christopher Gerry

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Congratulations to Christopher Gerry who has been appointed Deputy Director of a new research laboratory in the Economics of Health Policy and Reform. 

Retirement of Robin Aizlewood

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Last Friday SSEES gave a formal farewell to Robin Aizlewood, Director of SSEES since 2006, who has retired due to ill-health. Current and former SSEES staff, as well as other friends and colleagues across UCL and externally, joined us in wishing Robin well.

SSEES Governance

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Following the retirement of Robin Aizlewood, Slavo Radošević, who has served as Deputy Director for the past three years, will be the SSEES Director for a period of time leading up to the appointment of a permanent Director. Chris Gerry will take over as Deputy Director as well as the role of IMESS Director.

PhD Successes over the Summer

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Double congratulations for Dorota Goluch, who not only defended her PhD thesis, “Postcolonial Literature in Polish Translation (1970–2010): Difference, Similarity and Solidarity”, but also secured a lectureship at Cardiff University! Dorota’s joint supervisors were Theo Hermans (UCL Dutch) and Katarzyna Zechenter.

Welcome to New Staff

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to new staff joining us this academic year. They are: Lecturer in Russian Cinema and Culture, Rachel Morley; Lector in Bulgarian Studies: Ani Asenov; Teaching Fellows in Economics: Daphne Athanasouli; Francisco José González-Carreras (Finance and Business) and Yuemei Ji (International Trade & Integration); Teaching Fellow in Serbian and Croatian Literature: Edward Alexander; Teaching Fellows in History: Olesya Khromeychuk (Soviet Union) and Tom Lorman (Modern Central Europe); Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow: Joanna Szostek; British Academy Early Career Fellow: Thomas Marsden and Academic Administration Manager: Charlotte Verney.

UCL SSEES Graduate open day announced

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UCL Open Day

We are pleased to announce we will be holding a Graduate Open Day this October, providing prospective students with a unique an opportunity to speak with academic staff about our MA, IMESS, MRes and PhD courses.

New UCL SSEES Publication

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Loyalties, Solidarities and Identities in Russian Society, History & Culture

This collection of papers represents some of the work presented and discussed at the four workshops of the Anglo-French Russian Studies Network between 2003 and 2008.

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