UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SSEES 100: Area Studies in the 21st Century / Eastern Europe Without Borders

09 November 2015–10 November 2015, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

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Event Information


Archaeology LT, Insitute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

These two linked workshops will constitute a major ‘state of the field’ discussion on Area Studies, in general, and East European studies, in particular.

Monday 9 November: Area Studies in the 21st Century 

The first day of the conference brings together international experts to exchange views on the future of Area Studies through keynote papers and discussion. 

It features academics working on a range of geographical ‘areas’, including: 

  • Professor Mark Beissinger (Princeton University) on Russia
  • Professor Theodore C. Bestor (Harvard University) on Japan
  • Professor Wendy Bracewell (UCL SSEES) on Eastern Europe
  • Professor Robert Gleave (University of Exeter) on the Middle East
  • Dr Susan Hodgett (University of Ulster) on Area Studies

Read the detailed rationale here (PDF) >

Tuesday 10 November: Eastern Europe Without Borders

The second day of the conference is devoted specifically to Eastern Europe. It will ask 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? 

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)

Further information on Eastern Europe Without Borders (PDF)

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

Academic contacts: Zoran Milutinovic (z.milutinovic@ucl.ac.uk) and Wendy Bracewell(w.bracewell@ucl.ac.uk)
Administrative contact: Anna Tremain (ssees-ceelbas@ucl.ac.uk)