Call for Submissions: Studies in Eastern European Cinema

Studies in Eastern European Cinema: a biannual Routledge peer-reviewed journal

Studies in Eastern European Cinema invites submissions of original scholarly articles relating to the cinemas of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Albania and Ukraine. The peer-reviewed journal provides a platform and forum for vigorous, high quality discussion, debate, correspondence and publication, edited by a board of experienced, internationally recognised experts in the field. 

Please send ideas, abstracts and submissions to:

Professor Ewa Mazierska, Principal Editor:

Professor Elzbieta Ostrowska, Deputy Editor:

Dr Matilda Mroz, Associate Editor:

Nebojsa Jovanovic, Associate Editor: 

The current issue, a Special Issue on Dusan Makavejev (guest edited by Greg de Cuir) is now available online at: 

Feature articles include: 

From Bunuel to the Barbarogenius: Surrealist and avant-garde traditions in the films of Dusan Makavejev. Jonathan Owen. 

Makavejev's uses of history in Innocence Unprotected, Sweet Movie, and Gorilla Bathers at Noon. Ewa Mazierska. 

From a priest into a clown: Makavejev's critical transformation of Bergman. Katarina Mihailovic. 

From switchboard operators to Coca-cola kids: transformations of the political left in the films of Dusan Makavejev. Vlastimir Sudar. 

Tasting Colours in the Disregarded Films of Dusan Makavejev. Zdenko Mandusic.   

Student think tank launched at the University of Glasgow


A student think tank called EURASIAN IDEAS has been launched at the University of Glasgow. The think tank project is run by students who are united in their enthusiasm to promote research and discourse on Eastern Europe and the newly independent states of Eurasia.

EURASIAN IDEAS provides analysis and advocates informed discussion of contemporary issues that concern Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The idea behind the think tank is to bring together students and graduates from different nationalities, backgrounds and degree stages who are eager to apply their class knowledge to a dynamic project and to make their research focus available to a wider audience.

Young academics interested in contributing to EURASIAN IDEAS are invited to submit relevant papers for publication on the think tank website. Frequent contributions are welcome and interested authors can receive their own blog section on EURASIAN IDEAS website.

More information on the project and how to contribute can be found here:

As well as on the think tank’s Facebook page:

PhD Scholarship Opportunities in Russian, Central & East European Studies at The University of Glasgow

The School of Social and Political Science, Central and East European Studies subject area at The University of Glasgow encourages applications for a range of PhD studentships due to begin in September 2014. These studentships are offered on a self-funding and funded basis. Funded scholarships are offered through the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (Language-based Area Studies pathway) in conjunction with CRCEES, and as part of the University of Glasgow’s College of Social Science Scholarship Competition 2014.    

General information about the Glasgow’s PhD programmes in Russian, Central and East European Studies can be found at:

Information on how to apply is available at:

 For information on available staff research interests and subject areas available for supervision please see:  


Scholarship Opportunities

 1.    The ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, Language-based Area Studies Pathway.

 ESRC-funded PhD scholarships in Language-based Area Studies in the field of Russian, Central and East European Studies are available at the University of Glasgow through CRCEES. These annual scholarships offer full fees and maintenance (subject to eligibility rules) are available on the following models depending upon your prior qualifications:

·         2+3 years - Master of Research (MRes) in Russian, Central and East European Studies + intensive language training to advanced level + PhD

·         1+3 years - Master of Research (MRes) in Russian, Central and East European Studies or intensive language training to advanced level + PhD

·         +3 years - PhD study

For information on CRCEES please see:

For application information and guidance please see:

Please note the following dates:

- Institutional deadline for programme applications: 4 February 2014 Individuals wanting more information or intending to apply must make themselves known to CRCEES by the 27 January 2014. Please email

- Nominated candidates will be informed of their selection no later than the 13 February 2014

- Nominated candidates must register on the ESRC portal by the 21 February 2014 and complete their application by the 7 March 2014

- Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 9 May 2014.


2.    College of Social Science Scholarship Competition 2014

 This is an open competition. UK/EU and international applicants interested in undertaking a PhD in Russian, Central & East European studies are encouraged to apply. This scholarship provides 3 year (full-time) / 5 year (part-time) funding support, including full fees (at Home/EU or international rate), maintenance bursary (£13,863 FT / £6931.50 PT) and research support grant (£750 FT / £375 PT).

 For further information and details on how to apply please see:

 Please note the following dates:

 - Institutional deadline for programme applications: 3 February 2014 Individuals wanting more information or intending to apply must make themselves known to CRCEES by the 27 January 2014 at the very latest. Please email  


3.    Individuals interested in undertaking a Self-funded PhD do not have the same deadline requirements but are encouraged to contact the University as soon as possible to highlight their interest. University of Glasgow alumni benefit from a 10% reduction in fees.

For more information or if you have any questions about these funding opportunities or undertaking a PhD at the University of Glasgow in Russian, Central and East European Studies please contact the CEES PGR applications convenor Dr Eamonn Butler (


Job Announcement - Professor for Caucasus Studies, Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany

Friedrich Schiller University in Jena is seeking to fill a position as Professor for Caucasus Studies (tenured position, W3) at the earliest possible date.

The University Professor will be required to cover Caucasus Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective both in teaching and research; to continue and develop existing teaching and research collaboration with the chair; to master one or more languages of the Caucasus region and to hold a record of third-party funds acquisition. The candidate is required to develop a teaching concept that will strengthen the position of the University's existing BA- and MA education, and he or she must be able to successfully teach students of other disciplines who choose to take courses in Caucasus Studies.

We are looking for a candidate with an academic background in Philology, History or Ethnology who has conducted in-depth research in the region and who is connected to a regional academic network in the Caucasus. Furthermore, we expect the candidate to have experience in interdisciplinary integrated research projects (Verbundforschung) and he or she must have a proven record of the ability to use innovative research designs in outreach activities and publications.

Friedrich Schiller University is an equal opportunity employer, striving to increase the share of women in the university and we strongly encourage women to apply. In case of equal qualifications, applications from challenged persons are favored.

In case of a first-time professorial appointment, employment will be on tenure-track basis.

Please submit your application with the usual documentation (cover letter, curriculum vitae, documents) electronically to

Applications are accepted in German or English. All applications must entail the application form that can be downloaded at

Should you have any queries regarding the position or the selection procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Managing Director (Geschäftsführer) Dr. des. Matthias Braun (phone: +49.3641.9.44000, mail:

Closing date: 31.1.2014

PhD studentships, University of Sheffield for 2014

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission to PhD study in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, to begin during the 2014-2015 academic year.

We offer research expertise and supervision in the following broad areas:

- critical theory and the history of ideas (Prof. Evgeny Dobrenko, Prof. Craig Brandist)

- Russian and Soviet literary and film studies (Prof. Evgeny Dobrenko, Prof. Craig Brandist)

- history of art, visual culture and the aesthetics of everyday life in twentieth century Russia and the Soviet Union (Prof. Susan E. Reid)

- the linguistics of Slavonic languages, especially corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, studies of variation, and language  policy, with respect to Russian, Czech, Polish and Serbian (Prof. Neil Bermel, Dr Dagmar Divjak)

In addition, we offer the possibility of co-supervision with staff in the other Departments of the School (French, Hispanic Studies, Germanic Studies) via our School Research Clusters


    Visual Culture, Film and Performance

    Gender Studies

    Intellectual History and Politics

    Migration, Culture and Communities

    Literary Studies

Applications for the following scholarship opportunities must be submitted by 3 February 2014:

1) Following the announcement that the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) has received £19m from the AHRC to establish a Doctoral Training Partnership that will create over 300 PhD studentships and join the expertise of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, we are pleased to announce a range of AHRC-funded PhD opportunities. Further details can be found on the White Rose College website:

2) Applications for the University Prize scholarships, the Harry Worthington scholarships, the Wolfson scholarships and Faculty scholarships are also open and further details about all of them can be found here:

Before submitting a funding application, scholarship applicants must have been accepted by the Department for a place on our programme. We strongly encourage applicants to discuss their research proposal with one of the research supervisors in the Department (listed above) in advance of submitting the application.

Further information about postgraduate study can be found here:

Please direct enquiries to the Graduate Tutor: Professor Susan E. Reid:

3) Caucasus Scholarship:  In addition to the above scholarships, the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies also invites applications to the  Caucasus scholarship for doctoral research in one of the  following areas: 

a) The study of Caucasian folklore in the Marr circle;

b) The use and re-use of folklore in 20th-century Georgian literature.

For further detail concerning the Caucasus Scholarship, or to discuss your proposal please contact Professor Craig Brandist:

Professor Richard Peace

Prof Richard Peace

Prof Richard Peace

It is with sadness that the Department of Russian at Bristol informs the membership of BASEES of the sudden death of Richard Peace yesterday afternoon (Thursday 5 December).

Richard, who was born in 1933, was the first lecturer to be appointed to teach Russian at Bristol, in 1963, and he led the small sub-department, as it then was, until 1975, when he was appointed to a Chair of Russian at the University of Hull. He returned to Bristol in 1984, to take up the newly created Chair of Russian, and remained in Bristol, as Head of Department, until his retirement in 1994. Richard will be remembered for many things. He was one of the major students of classical Russian literature in his generation and a Vice-President of the International Dostoevsky Society. He was also a past President of our national association of Slavists (then BUAS), an active promoter of educational exchange with the Soviet Union, a tireless defender of his subject against the threats it faced and a respected and congenial colleague. It is of some consolation that just three weeks ago the department at Bristol celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation with a large gathering of colleagues, former colleagues and alumni and that Richard, who had led the department for twenty-two of its fifty years, greatly enjoyed this event.


Professor Derek Offord

BASEES Members - How To Join The SSEES Library

Reference access

Current academic staff and research students from all UK/Irish universities and abroad can register for a free annual reference ticket to the Library. Proof of ID and proof of status is required.

Taught students from University of London institutions are also eligible for free annual reference access. Proof of ID and proof of status is required.

Taught students from other UK/Irish universities can use the Library for free during UCL vacation periods, but not during term.

Retired staff (from institutions other than UCL), taught students from overseas and all other private scholars / members of the public have to pay a fee to use the Library. A day ticket costs £7, a weekly ticket is £20 and a monthly ticket costs £30.



Current academic staff and research students from all UK/Irish universities can apply for free borrowing access (up to 5 standard loan books at a time from any UCL library) if they wish. In  addition to proof of ID and proof of status, they would need to provide one passport photo and show proof of home address. A SCONUL Access Band ‘A’ card / letter is also required unless the person is from a University of London institution.

All other categories of external user have to pay to borrow books. Borrowing access (up to 3 standard loan books from SSEES library only) costs £100 per year. Proof of ID and proof of home address is required.

Anyone required further information on library membership should contact


Access to electronic resources

Electronic resources can be accessed via the Explore terminals (catalogues) in the SSEES Library. There are two terminals on each floor of the Library. Most electronic resources are licensed for use by all visitors to the Library, but a few resources are restricted by password to members of UCL only.

Off-site access to electronic resources is only available to UCL staff and students.

There are no printing facilities for visitors to the Library, but users can download and save articles to USB.

Further information on visitor access to electronic resources is available on the main Library Services website:

If members have any issues, please contact Dr Jeremy Hicks ( who can raise them with SSEES library committee.


Discount Offer - Classical and Contemporary Russian Literature

Duckworth publishers are delighted to be offering BASEES members the chance to purchase titles from the renowned Ardis list of Classical and Contemporary Russian Literature series at a discount of 30% (postage free). To receive a complete list of available Ardis titles and critical editions such as Pilnyak’s Naked Year or the anthology Russian Symbolist Theater, published in 2013 please email

Members can take advantage of this special offer (including postage) by calling our distributor on 01256 302699 and quoting the code 9QR and relevant ISBNs and having  their credit card details ready.  Alternatively, a cheque made payable to Macmillan Distribution (MDL) can be sent with a letter, address details and the offer code. All pre-ordered copies will be supplied upon publication. This offer is valid immediately and throughout 2014.

Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-2015 - Carnegie Mellon University.

Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-2015 - Carnegie Mellon University.

During 2014-15, Professors Wendy Goldman and Joe Trotter, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, will host a Sawyer Seminar on "The Ghetto: Concept, Conditions, and Connections in Transnational Historical Perspective, from the 11th Century to the Present." It will focus on four case studies of the ghetto: the confinement of European Jews (16th to 19th century), colonial policy in South Africa, Nazi ghettos, and segregation of African Americans. We invite scholars who have received their Ph.D. in or after 2010 and working in any of these four areas to apply for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship to involve regular participation in the Seminar. Send a cover letter, c.v., two letters of reference, writing sample, and a three-to-five page project proposal. The proposal should include a description of research, chapter outline of your dissertation, explanation of its significance to relevant fields, and plans and goals for the fellowship term. Send to Hikari Aday by 20 March 2014. Women and minorities are urged to apply. AA/EOE.

For more information, visit our website

Call for Applications: Russian Archive Training Scheme (RATS) Moscow, 8-13 April 2014

Applications are invited from doctoral students at CEELBAS universities for an archive training workshop, to be held in Moscow 8-13 April 2014, under the leadership of Dr Polly Jones (Oxford) and Dr Alexander Titov (Belfast). 

RATS has run several successful trips to Russia over the last decade. The scheme is intended for doctoral students at an early stage of their research who will be carrying out a prolonged period of fieldwork in the Russian archives later in their doctorate. The scheme offers an intensive program of visits and tours, including (subject to agreement with the archive management) the principal party and state archives and several major research libraries in Moscow. Students will learn the procedures for carrying out research in Russian state and party archives, and may also have the opportunity to work independently with the catalogues, in preparation for their later fieldwork.

Students’ and staff travel, accommodation and visa arrangements are made centrally through the scheme’s travel agency: students will stay in (single-sex) twin rooms in a central Moscow hotel, and must travel to and from Russia as part of the group. Students must pay a fee of £400, to contribute towards the costs of the scheme. All other costs are covered by CEELBAS, therefore students wishing to apply for the scheme must be undertaking doctoral study at a CEELBAS university (Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Kent, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, SOAS, Warwick, UCL). If there is space remaining on the workshop, a limited number of places will be offered to students at non-CEELBAS institutions, at a cost of £755. For all students accepted on to the scheme, payment will be due by 3rd February 2014.

Applicants must provide evidence that archival work is essential to their doctoral research, and must possess at least reasonable command of Russian. Applications should include the following:

  • A 200-word statement describing your research project and the progress made so far on your research, including any language training already completed. This statement must make it clear why you will need to carry out archive research, and which archive(s) you have already identified as useful or essential to your project.
  • A supporting statement from your supervisor, to be submitted by the same deadline, confirming your need for archive training and describing your progress so far.
  • Details of your university program and your citizenship, and any other relevant personal information.

The deadline for applications (including references from supervisors) is Friday 13 December 2013. Places will be confirmed in early January. Applications and references should be emailed to Any enquiries about the scheme can also be sent to this address.

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.