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

Using Archives & Libraries in the Former Soviet Union

The guide ‘Using Archives & Libraries in the Former Soviet Union’ contains essential information on some of the main archives and specialist library collections in the former Soviet Union. The information is correct as of 2013 for many of the institutions listed (other entries were correct as of 2010), and has been compiled by researchers who have recently worked in these institutions. However, the reader should bear in mind that procedures and opening hours can change with little notice or anything approaching logic. 

We have included basic information for each institution such as website addresses, contact numbers and locations; we have also included more personal "insider" information, such as how to order documents and fill in forms, and where to have lunch. Issues peculiar (in both senses) to each archive are also covered at length to help you get to grips with each archive's idiosyncrasies.

There follows information on using archives and libraries: useful vocabulary and information about how former Soviet archives are organised. We have also included a sample letter, which you may wish to use when you register, and finally, notes on applying for a visa to study in Russia.

Samantha Sherry, Jonathan Waterlow, and Andy Willimott                                                


Festschrift : Dostoevsky: On the Threshold of Other Worlds . Essays in Honour of Malcolm V Jones. Edited by Leslie Milne and Sarah Young.


A score of scholars from all over the world unite to present this tribute to the greatly respected Dostoevsky scholar Professor Malcolm V Jones in his 65th birthday year. Bramcote press is proud to publish this collection of essays in conjunction with the University of Nottingham. 

Special offer for BASEES members only.


The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies

 Every year the Modern Humanities Research Association publishes a critical bibliography entitled The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies . The book runs to over 1000 pages, and aims to cover scholarship in all the European languages (language and literature) in the past year.

We are currently looking for contributors in the following Slavonic fields: Russian language; Russian literature to 1800; Czech literature; Slovak Studies; Polish language; Ukrainian Studies; Belarussian Studies; Bulgarian Studies. Contributions should take the form of a bibliography with critical comment, where appropriate, and should be about 4000 words long (in English). The MHRA is also able to provide a fee for these contributions. For further information please contact David Gillespie.  

National Desiderata List

CoFoR-REES is a partnership of nearly 20 UK libraries with important REES collections. Among other activities it maintains a National Desiderata List of major sources (e.g. microform sets, online services) that are important for REES research in Britain but which are not at present accessible, usually because of their high cost. CoFoR-REES has used the Desiderata List in consortial negotiations with publishers, and we are now updating it to serve as a basis for preparing cases for special funding to help acquisition by libraries. 

We welcome recommendations from BASEES members for items to be included on the revised Desiderata List , particularly if they are seen as essential to current research in more than one institution, and if their cost has so far prevented acquisition.

Please email recommendations to: Dr Gregory Walker

Or via postal entry to: 

Bodleian Library,

Please give the full title and publisher of the product, with a note on its importance to research.