UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Study of Central Europe Seminar Series

Our approach to the region is multi-disciplinary, comprising history, languages and literature, culture, politics and economics.

We seek to promote research and teaching on the history, languages, literature, political culture, music, arts and society of those lands once part of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as on German-speaking Europe and the Baltic.

These countries (in their present borders) include Austria, Belarus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

Study of Central Europe

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Upcoming events
04 October 2023

A change of direction? Slovakia’s parliamentary elections and their implications


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Recent Events

Summer Term 2023
02 May 2023

Artistic Synergy: A Polish Poet and a French Painter on the Holocaust

Jerzy Ficowski
16 May 2023

Poland and Ukraine in Soviet and Russian imperial strategy: 1919-1920 and 2022-2023

Piłsudski, Petlura Polish and Ukrainian Officers 1920


30 May 2023

The Middle Kingdoms. A New History of Central Europe, a discussion with author Martyn Rady

Cover of the book 'The Middle Kingdoms. A New History of Central Europe'
Spring Term 2023
01 March 2023

POSTPONED The Damaged Body: Disability and Disease in Polish Worker Memoirs of the 1930s

A collage of Polish works in the 1930s
14 March 2023

A Slovene Solution? Dr Anton Korošec and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, 1918-1928

Anton Korosec
Autumn Term 2022
18 October 2022

Peace and Democracy in Crisis: Václav Havel European Dialogues

Václav Havel European Dialogues event poster with a photo of Vaclav Havel
25 October

Milan Rastislav Štefánik (2021): A discussion with author Michal Kšiňan

Photo of Milan Rastislav Stefanik
2022 Spring term
25 January  2022

R.W.Seton-Watson and the ‘New Europeans’

A collage of R.W. Seton Watson and a map of Austria-Hungary 1919
8 February 2022

What was society in the Nazi ghettos? A new history of Theresienstadt

A book cover of The Last Ghetto by Anna Hajkova
3 March 2022

Landscapes after the battle

A collage of images related to conflicts of Carinthia, Eastern Hungary, and Burgenland
15 March 2022

Still Fighting Fascism: How German Communists of Jewish Origin Remembered Nazism

Fighting fascism - people in the streets
2021 Autumn term
22 October 2021

Thirty Years of Independent Slovenia: Challenges and Prospects

4 November 2021

Prague: Belonging in the Modern City: Chad Bryant

Cover of the book Prague: Belonging in the modern city
30 November 2021

The life and legacy of Alexander Dubček (1921-1992): A roundtable discussion

A photo of Alexander Dubcek
7 December 2021

Galicia and Rwanda: Social or Ethnic Genocide? Tomasz Kamusella

A collage of Galician Peasant Uprising and Rwandan Genocide
2021 Spring Term
5-7.30pm 11 May 2021Politics of Metaphors in Action: Covis-19 in the Recent Slovenian Political Discourse - Professor Jernej Pikalo
2019 Autumn Term
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 30 October 2019The Light That Failed: A Reckoning
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 03 December 2019Sensory Experiences of Order and Disorder in Habsburg Austria, 1900-1920
2018 Autumn Term
6 - 8pm, 09 October 2018Explaining Orban's Victories: The Political Situation in Hungary Today - Professor Iván Balog
6 - 8pm, 17 December 2018

Journey into the Whirlwind by way of L’viv - Dr. Iryna Starovoyt  


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