Fieldwork and Visas

Make sure you have the appropriate visa

Two recent incidents are a reminder to BASEES members planning to visit the Russian Federation of the importance of being in possession of the appropriate visa. We have been informed of two cases, both in Nizhnyi Novgorod, of foreign nationals giving lectures and seminars being apprehended by the migration service. The most recent incident was last week when Arthur House – the editor of the on-line journal The Calvert Journal and the Junket – was arrested and found guilty of violating the visa regime. Arthur was on a multiple-entry business visa that he had used on previous occasions to give lectures but the court found that this visa did not give him the right 'to deliver a lecture' or to take part in ‘other educationalactivities’. He was fined 4000 rubles, asked to leave the country within five days and faces a visa ban for five years. This follows an incident earlier in the month in Nizhnyi Novgorod when two Norwegian nationals were fined and asked to leave the country for participating in a five-day workshop in Lobachevsky State University where they gave presentations to students of journalism on human rights. They were also on business visas.

BASEES Past President, Prof Stephen Hutchings, becomes Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester) BASEES President 2010-13

Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester) BASEES President 2010-13

The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Fellow on Professor Stephen Hutchings, immediate BASEES past president. The Academy's Fellows are social scientists whose work has been judged to be of great distinction and significance. Stephen Hutchings joins a select group of BASEES members who have been recognised as worthy of recognition by the Academy in this way.

BASEES Postgraduate Workshop ‘MODERNITY’ , University of Glasgow - 23rd Jan 2014

This workshop is designed to bring together postgraduate research students to explore ideas relating to critical approaches to concepts of ‘modernity’ in the context of former Soviet and Central East European state-socialist countries.

We welcome applications from a wide range of (inter)disciplinary backgrounds, including, but not limited to: sociology, history, politics, geography and linguistics. We are particularly interested in ideas and practices relating to ‘modernity’, and interpretations of how modernities may shape understandings of and responses to processes of economic crisis, consumerism, extremism, apathy, gender, protest, media, unemployment, sexualities, culture, technological change, violence, migration and borders.

Please see Modernity - Call for Papers for further information.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 29 November 2013