BASEES Postgraduate Prize 2014

We are delighted to announce this year's winners of the BASEES Prize for the Best Scholarly Article by a Postgraduate Student. The prize has been divided between Gleb J. Albert for his article “‘To help the Republicans not just by donations and rallies, but with the rifle’: militant solidarity with the Spanish Republic in the Soviet Union, 1936-37” in European Review of History 21(4): 501-518. and Ilya Yablokov for his contribution to the article: Elisabeth Schimpfossl and Ilya Yablokov, ‘Coercion or Conformism? Censorship and Self-Censorship among Russian Media Personalities and Reporters in the 2010s’, Demokratizatsiya, 22 (2014): 295-312. The prize was awarded at the 2015 Annual Conference at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.


Gleb J. Albert (Co-Winner)

 (University of Zurich, Swizerland)


Albert, Gleb J. (2014) “‘To help the Republicans not just by donations and rallies, but with the rifle’: militant solidarity with the Spanish Republic in the Soviet Union, 1936-37” in European Review of History 21(4): 501-518.

Gleb Albert’s study of the involvement of Soviet volunteers – and Soviet public opinion more broadly – in the Spanish Civil War is an important, timely and intriguing contribution, well worthy of special mention. Mobilising newly available archival materials and a rich historiographical context, Albert embarks on a complex and careful historical sociology, delving into the motivations and objectives of Soviet citizens and Stalin’s emergent regime, and the often convoluted interactions between the two. He finds that “the responses ‘from below’ to the solidarity campaign with republican Spain present a paradoxical picture of internationalist engagement that was both in line and at odds with the official discourse of internationalism.” The result is a deeper understanding of the ways in which a regime’s development of an ideologically structured frame for both domestic and international affairs simultaneously empowers and constrains the state, by creating powerful, self-reinforcing incentives for citizens and elites. Indeed, in ways that the author may not have been able to anticipate at the outset, the article resonates in the present day and has significant implications for those seeking to understand the factors both causing and limiting current events in Russia and Ukraine.



Ilya Yablokov (Co-Winner)

(University of Manchester)

for his contribution to

Elisabeth Schimpfossl and Ilya Yablokov, ‘Coercion or Conformism? Censorship and Self-Censorship among Russian Media Personalities and Reporters in the 2010s’, Demokratizatsiya, 22 (2014): 295-312

This article’s main angle is a series of elite interviews with members of Russia’s state media stratum. This includes such notorious figureheads as Dmitrii Kiselev and Maxim Shevchenko, but also several rank-and-file reporters. While managing to unearth some choice quotes, it makes a very weighty contribution to contemporary understandings of the Russian media realm, dominant political discourses, national identity and Russian governance. The central claim is to challenge the (prevalent) idea that the state either actively forces reporters on federal television to promote pro-Kremlin views, or that pro-Kremlin views are the result of substantial self-censorship by journalists themselves. Quite the contrary: the article argues that reporters are active agents in shaping their own agendas; this is important in providing diverse and compelling TV which gains high ratings (even though such agendas broadly fit within limits set by the Kremlin). Therefore those that promote the dominant Kremlin discourses do so because they have chosen to do so, often with Messianic zeal and considerable cunning. They promote the notion of “adek­vatnost’” – best translated as the right (pro-state) instinct combined with adroit appropriateness and a portion of wiliness.  All in all this is a highly topical and relevant, as well as factually rich, article. It is engagingly written and compellingly argued and so, all in all is a thoroughly deserving winner.


Dr Sam Greene (Kings Russia Institute)

Dr Luke March (University of Edinburgh)

BASEES Conference 2015 - Presentation Feedback for Postgraduates

Conference Presentation Feedback for Postgraduates

The annual BASEES conference provides postgraduates with some of their first experiences to present work to an academic audience.  While this is an excellent opportunity, it can also be nerve-racking!  A common cause of anxiety amongst postgraduates giving presentations is the lack of feedback – how do you answer the question “how did it go” without anyone telling you what they thought?

For its 2015 conference in March, BASEES intends to run a scheme to allow postgraduates to exchange friendly, constructive feedback on each other’s presentations.  Under the scheme, postgraduates presenting a paper or poster can request someone attend their panel and discuss how it went afterwards.  Anyone interested in taking part in the scheme should also be willing to attend someone else’s presentation, to ensure everyone involved has an opportunity to receive feedback.

For all expressions of interest, please contact BASEES postgraduate representative, Alistair Dickins (  Please state your name, the title of your panel and paper/poster, and all the days you plan to attend the conference.

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.

The XLI Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution Saturday 3 January - Monday 5 January 2015

The XLI Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution will take place from Saturday 3 - Monday 5 January 2015 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. For queries related to the programme, contact Professor Peter Waldron (


The current programme is available to view here. Please note that the programme is subject to change.

The conference programme includes:

Panel sessions on: Revolution and society, Crime and punishment, Politics and society before 1917, War and Revolution, Civil War, Politics in the 1920s and Siberia

Annual General Meeting of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution


Statement Concerning the Detention of Academic Researcher Alexander Sodiqov

Friday, June 27, 2014

On behalf of the 16,900 constituent members of some of the largest and most significant academic societies in the world—the American Anthropological Association; the Association for Slavic, East European, and  Eurasian Studies; the Association for the Study of Nationalities;  the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies; the Central Eurasian Studies Society; and the European Society for Central Asian Studies—whose members conduct research in Eurasia and share interest in the situation  in Tajikistan, we write to express our strong concern over the June 16 detention of our fellow academic researcher Alexander Sodiqov. 

Sodiqov is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Toronto. He was in Tajikistan working on an Economic and Social Research Council  (UK) funded project—“Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia”—and as a researcher in this project, he was employed by the University of Exeter. The research project was approved by the ethics committee of the University of Exeter in June 2013. The focus of the project is to study the management and resolution of conflicts in Central Asia and the research in Tajikistan involved collecting public statements by government and civil society organizations as well as conducting interviews with public officials and civil society leaders. The research is expected to bring benefit to Tajikistan by showing in international scholarship how Tajikistan developed practices of conflict resolution that extend back to the successful resolution of the civil war in 1997.

Sodiqov arrived in Dushanbe to begin research on Sunday, June 8, 2014. On Sunday, June 15, he traveled to Khorog and after conducting his first interview on Monday, June 16, he was arrested. As of Friday, June 27, we do not know what has prompted his arrest, but it would appear that his arrest is due to his research activities and possibly to research analysis that he has  published previously.  The arrest and detention of academic researchers is of great concern to all of our constituent members.  Like Sodiqov, many of us conduct interview-based research in  the region. His arrest and detention constitutes an infringement of intellectual freedom and sets a worrisome precedent for Tajikistan’s openness to the world. It has been reported that presidential advisor Mr. Khairulloev accepted that Sodiqov is an academic researcher and that he would be released. We thus join others in petitioning Mr. Yatimov, Chairperson of Tajikistan’s National Security Committee, to release Sodiqov posthaste. 

Board of Directors, American Anthropological Association
Board of Directors, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Board of Directors, Association for the Study of Nationalities
Board of Directors, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
Board of Directors, Central Eurasian Studies Society
Board of Directors, European Society for Central Asian Studies


Alexander Sodiqov's family released a photo of him with his wife Musharraf and young daughter. 

Alexander Sodiqov's family released a photo of him with his wife Musharraf and young daughter. 

Call For Papers: BASEES 2015 Annual Conference

The BASEES 2015 Annual Conference will take place 28-30 March and will be based at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Proposals are invited for panels, roundtables and papers for the 2015 Annual Conference of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). The conference will take place 28-30 March and will be based at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Panels, roundtables and papers are welcome in the areas of Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Economics. The conference especially welcomes participation by postgraduate research students and by young scholars.

To propose a panel or a paper you will need to fill in a proposal form. There are separate forms for panels/roundtables and papers. The forms can be downloaded from the conference website You should download the appropriate form and fill it in electronically, and send it electronically to the appropriate subject stream email AND to the conference email address.

The deadline for panel/roundtable proposals is 3 October 2014, and 19 September 2014 for individual paper proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to the appropriate subject group:

Postgraduate members of BASEES who present papers are eligible to apply for financial support towards their conference costs. They should download the application form from the website and fill it in, and send to the appropriate subject stream email by 3 October 2014.

The congress also welcomes proposals for postgraduate posters. The poster will be displayed throughout the conference. Please fill in the proposal form (available from the website) and email it as an attachment to the conference email address AND the conference organiser, Dr Matthias Neumann by 1 December 2013.

General enquiries about the conference are welcome at

Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Russian History and Culture, Queen Mary, University of London

Placed on:29th May 2014 

Closes:1st July 2014

Queen Mary University of London and the British Library invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to start 1 October 2014 (full-time study) on: ‘The Russian Revolutions and Civil Wars: Journalism and the Media, 1905-1924’. Research may be on any dimension of this theme from but must make substantial use of sources available in the British Library. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Jeremy Hicks (QMUL School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Russian) and Dr Jonathan Smele (QMUL School of History), with additional supervison from Dr Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (British Library, European Studies). The recipient of the award will also help prepare a major exhibition on the Russian Revolution to be held at the British Library in 2017, receiving training and experience in collection and exhibition curatorship at the UK’s principal research library, as part of an original research project.

Applicants must have:

  • A First Class or 2:1 BA Honours degree in a relevant discipline.
  • An MA, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline by 1 October 2014
  • Reading knowledge of Russian, or willingness to learn Russian quickly (many BL source materials will be in this language, and additional fieldwork in Russian archives will also to be necessary). 
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following research areas: modern Russian history, twentieth-century Russian visual or literary culture, history of the media, propaganda, film and journalism

Due to funding applicants must be classed as resident in the UK. Non-UK citizens need to have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the award, for purposes other than full-time education. (EU students who do not hold residency in the UK are eligible for a fees only award: see AHRC criteria).

The awards will cover university tuition fees and provide the standard AHRC maintenance award for three years. In addition, the student will receive research support from the British Library of up to £1000 for approved research-related expenses, as well as Associate Staff status, a workspace, computer and special borrowing and other staff privileges in the British library.

Candidates should complete a QMUL postgraduate research application form applying to the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, including a CV, two references, academic transcript and a 1000-word statement of purpose explaining the proposed research and the kinds of items in the British Library Russian collections you hope to use. The completed application must be e-mailed to Dr Jeremy Hicks ( For guidance in identifying materials most relevant to your envisaged project, please contact Dr Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (

Applications must be received no later than 5pm 1 July. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed and must be available for interview on Friday 11 July. Any particular requirements for the interview will be communicated when shortlisted candidates are contacted after 1 July.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr Jeremy Hicks ( or Dr Jon Smele ( to discuss your research topic.

AGM Minutes 6 April 2014

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting, 6 April 2014

Provisional until ratified at AGM 2015

1. Minutes of the meeting held on 7 April 2013.

The minutes were accepted by the meeting as a correct record.

2. Matters arising from the minutes

There were no matters arising not already itemised.

3. President’s Report

Peter Waldron submitted a written report to the meeting. Conference 2013 was very successful financially and the profit generated would help to fund the BASEES Research and Development activity. Autumn 2013 had seen a transition to a new website, which contributed to improving communications about what BASEES does. He had continued to make representations to issues that affect BASEES and its members, for example on Open Access to HEFCE and other organisations; he had also played a part in the Academy of Social Sciences’ study on the role of learned societies; he had made representations on behalf of Levada to the Russian government.

4. Membership Secretary’s Report

Peter Waldron welcomed Melanie Ilic back into the role, which she took over in January 2014. Melanie Ilic submitted a written report to the meeting. She had found it interesting to take over at time of transition in procedures: the new website had facilitated a move to online application, which was more efficient. She reported that a huge number of people on the membership database were not paying regular subscriptions, so her most urgent task is to contact such people who may not be aware that their membership has lapsed. Of those who are paying subs, she reported that most are not paying at the rate agreed at the 2012 AGM. More positively, she reported that there was plenty of interest in joining BASEES, as she had handled  several new applications just in the first three months of 2014. Peter Waldron thanked Melanie Ilic and also Jon Oldfield for their work in identifying the above issues.

5. Treasurer’s Report

Jon Oldfield submitted a written report to the meeting. 2013 had been a good financial year which had rectified losses of previous years, the BASEES/EuroICCEES Conference 2013 had made over £9000. He noted that the accounts item under Payment for communications included a one-off payment for setting up the new website. Overall the Association’s figures were much healthier. As actioned in the minutes of AGM 2013, Jon Oldfield had looked into changing auditors, but had opted to stay with the existing firm as their fee is lower this year and it is more convenient to stay with those who know our accounts. He acknowledged that once the membership subscription issues are resolved this will help the Association’s finances.

Acceptance of the Treasurer's report was proposed by Stephen White and seconded by Melanie Ilic, and agreed by the meeting.

6. Information Officer’s Report

Claire Shaw presented an oral report to the meeting. She reported that the newsletter was published three times per year, distributed electronically, and had been reformatted to fit with the new logo colour scheme and resized. This was all done by the existing designer of the newsletter. There had been small changes to content: there is now a regular column on Routledge series; there is also a regular section dedicated to  raising the profile of postgraduates, such as those supported by the R&D fund. She remains open to suggestions for content. The online profile of BASEES had changed hugely, thanks to the new website, which will make a big difference to how we communicate with members and generate information, for example the newsletter can be uploaded to the website. Claire Shaw thanked Matthias Neumann for all his work on establishing and maintaining the website. In respect of other means of communication, she reported that the format of the ‘basees-members’ Jiscmail list enables members themselves to distribute information, so that the newsletter can therefore be a space for longer, more reflective items. The Jiscmail list is one of two email lists which need to be consolidated. BASEES is also becoming more active on Facebook and Twitter. Peter Sowden commended the newsletter. Stephen Hutchings suggested a section in the newsletter on Knowledge Transfer and Impact, given the importance of these to funding bodies. This was agreed.

7. Report on the work of the Research and Development Committee

Jeremy Hicks was unable to attend the meeting but submitted a written report in absentia. Peter Waldron spoke to the report on his behalf. The R&D Committee had received fewer applications and funded more compared to the previous year, so that overall the money spent had increased a little since the previous year. Stephen White noted two items in the report where apparently postgraduates had been funded simply to present a paper at conference; he queried whether this was in line with the defined purpose of the R&D fund. Mary MacRobert framed the issue in terms of transparency and proposed that the R&D Committee either state explicitly that it would fund postgraduate attendance at conferences, or not fund future applications of this type. It was agreed by the meeting that this be discussed at the BASEES Committee meeting the following day, bearing in mind the possible financial consequences of extending the fund to such applications. Peter Waldron noted that the R&D Committee had turned down an application for funding to bring Russian delegates to participate in a panel at Conference 2014. Melanie Ilic noted that in line with regulating the membership database, the R&D Committee must check that they are only funding BASEES members.

8. Prizes:

a. Alexander Nove Prize

Sarah Hudspith reported that there had been three applications considered for the Nove prize, and confirmed that the winner of this year’s Nove prize is Sarah Oates for Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere (Oxford University Press). Sarah Hudspith reported that it had been drawn to the Committee’s attention that the book should technically belong to the cohort eligible for the following year’s prize scheme (as it was published in 2013 instead of 2012). It was thought that the mistake had come about because the published prize scheme details had fallen out of date during the transition to a new website. As this had only come to light just before the Conference, the Committee had unanimously agreed to put to the AGM the following solution: that the prize for this year should still be awarded to Sarah Oates; that the next Nove prize cycle should be open to books published in both 2012 and 2013 so that no year cohort be disadvantaged, and that if the judges found deserving winners from both year cohorts then two prizes would be awarded. The meeting agreed this solution. Sarah Hudspith expressed thanks to the judges Terry Cox and Stephen Hutchings for their hard work.

. George Blazyca Prize

Sarah Hudspith reported that there had been five applications considered for the Blazyca prize, and confirmed that the winner of the Blazyca prize for a book published in 2012 is Longina Jakubowska for Patrons of History: Nobility, Capital and Political Transitions in Poland (Ashgate). Sarah Hudspith expressed thanks to the judges Cathie Carmichael and Karen Henderson for their hard work.

. Postgraduate Prize

Sarah Hudspith reported that in its first year there had been six applications considered for the Postgraduate Prize for Best Scholarly Article, and confirmed that the winner is Lukasz Szulc for ‘From queer to gay to The names we dare to speak in Poland’ Lambda Nordica 17 (4), 2012: 65-98. Sarah Hudspith expressed thanks to the judges Sam Greene and Luke March for their hard work.

9. Election of Officers and Committee Members

The following nominations for officer posts were received:

Membership Secretary: Melanie Ilic (University of Gloucester) proposed by Sarah Hudspith, seconded by Ruth Coates.

The following nominations were received for Ordinary Members:

Matilda Mroz (University of Greenwich) proposed by Claire Whitehead, seconded by Katharine Hodgson.

All the proposals were unanimously approved.

Secretary Sarah Hudspith, Treasurer Jon Oldfield and Information Officer Claire Shaw were reconfirmed in their posts.

Peter Waldron noted that Brendan McGeever would be stepping down from his Committee post as Postgraduate Representative; a new representative would be co-opted as soon as possible and this would be reported in the Newsletter following the appointment.

10. Conference 2014

Matthias Neumann reported that Conference 2014 had attracted 420 delegates. These figures were healthy compared with Conference 2013, which attracted 500 but was one day longer due to the combined event with EuroICCEES. Initial feedback suggested the Conference was intellectually as well as financially successful. £4,500 had been allocated to support postgraduate participation, which had resulted in many young people attending, thus indicating good prospects for the future of the event and the discipline. The organisers had produced a programme booklet again as this was popular last year. Stephen White asked about BASEES’s relationship with the commercial conference organisers, Suzy Howes and Associates, and requested more information on the conference accounts. Peter Waldron commended the Howes, they are both responsive and pro-active, and the Committee has received good feedback on them from delegates too. Matthias Neumann reported regarding the conference accounts that they had tried to be conservative in terms of estimating the amount of  money to support postgraduates, as the level of conference income cannot be guaranteed until March, whereas the postgraduate support sum is decided on in the Autumn. They had opted to fund a larger number of smaller grants to encourage more people to come. Advertising in the conference programme booklet pulls in £1,500 which effectively covers the cost of printing. Stephen White proposed that it would be a good principle to see the previous year’s conference accounts at the AGM. The meeting agreed that this should be instituted from AGM 2015. Planning for Conference 2015 would begin the following day at the BASEES Committee meeting.

The meeting expressed thanks to Matthias Neumann for the huge amount of work he had done in organising the conference.

 11. AOB

a. Report on XV Congress of Slavists

Mary MacRobert presented a written report. She explained that the International Committee of Slavists expects each country to have a national committee which sends a representative to the Congress and reports back to their national committee, which is why a report comes back to the BASEES AGM. The Congress was a success, there had been speculation that some participants may have been put off by the location in Belarus but the participation rate was still good. Prof Arnold McMillin gave a plenary address, marking the first time for some years that someone from UK had done this. The condition on participation of pre-publication of papers was seen as unwieldy by UK participants; electronic pre-publication on the website of Oxford University was arranged in order for the UK participants to meet the criteria. The International Committee is now planning to rethink this condition, as there is a need to attract more people studying literature and culture; currently papers are mostly weighted in favour of languages and linguistics. Claire Shaw noted that BASEES would support promotion of the next Congress (2018 in Belgrade) via the newsletter, website and its other media. Peter Waldron thanked Mary MacRobert for being the UK representative.

b. Proposal for a BASEES Women’s Committee

Judith Pallot proposed setting up a Women’s Committee, with the brief to encourage more women into the field, to encourage and promote courses on women’s studies in the field, and also to support women in how to deal with gendered attitudes when doing fieldwork etc. The Women’s Committee’s main aims would be to mentor young women researchers, to encourage research on and by women, to establish a prize thereon, to sponsor conference panels and workshops focused on gender and related issues.  The next step would be to form the committee, consult the BASEES membership more widely and hold an inaugural event. Stephen White queried the status of such a committee in relation to BASEES and asked whether there might be an existing model for formalising its relationship to BASEES. Judith Pallot agreed that the proposed Women’s Committee would need a constitution, but that it could sit within the existing BASEES structures, by contrast with ASEEES women’s committee, which is completely separate. Peter Sowden noted that there could be publication possibilities arising from the activities of a Women’s Committee. Peter Waldron noted that the move would be timely, with regard to the Gender Equality Charter Mark that would be instituted for higher education soon. Judith Pallot proposed that Melanie Ilic should sit on the Women’s Committee in her capacity as Membership Secretary. The meeting agreed that the Women’s Committee should be established. Brendan McGeever noted on a related issue that there was low participation in the BASEES Conferences from the black and ethnic minority community and suggested that this might be a subject for future discussion.

c. Dismissal of Andrei Zubov

Philip Boobyer reported on the dismissal of Andrei Zubov, a Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), due to his article comparing Russia’s actions in Crimea with  the Anschluss. A public letter in support of him from Vladislav Zubok (of LSE) had served to delay but not prevent his dismissal. Philip Boobyer spoke as both a friend and collaborator of Zubov. He declared that there is a need for a response to show that the academic community in the West is concerned by such matters, and proposed that a letter should be sent on behalf of BASEES to Anatoly Torkunov, the Rector of MGIMO. The letter should be supportive of Torkunov who, it is believed, was pressured into dismissing Zubov, and since Zubov’s article has stimulated some debate within Russia, a letter from BASEES would  to give Torkunov more ammunition in any further discussions with the Kremlin. Peter Waldron noted that BASEES should not be drawn into political statements and that the idea was to write in defence of academic freedom. The letter should be private at first but should include a statement that if Torkunov felt it appropriate then BASEES would be happy for it to be made public. No response from Western organisations could also be seen as a signal. Stephen White reported precedents where BASEES has spoken on freedom of speech issues. The meeting agreed that Philip Boobyer and Richard Sakwa would draft the letter.

d. Report on BASEES Routledge series.

Peter Sowden submitted a written report on the BASEES Routledge series. The series now had a total of 96 books published, with two more in production; five of those published this year were first time authors publishing their PhD thesis. The cumulative revenue from the series over the past 12 years had passed the £1 million mark, with roughly £2,000 in royalties generated for BASEES this year. 60 paperbacks on demand have been published, and all new titles are also published as e-books. The BASEES series does not represent Routledge’s entire activity in the field, as other publications on Russian, Central and East European Studies are published by Routledge as part of different series. Stephen White proposed a vote of thanks to Peter Sowden. Peter Waldron thanked Routledge for sponsoring the Sunday evening drinks reception, commended the BASEES series as a model of collaboration between a learned society and a publisher, and noted that we look forward to 100th edition.


Call for Editors - SLAVONICA

The current editor of Slavonica, Alastair Renfrew, will be coming to the end of his term at the end of 2014. Expressions of interest are therefore invited from prospective editors, to commence in 2015. Enquiries are welcome from individuals or from editorial teams wishing to share editorial duties. The journal’s reviews editor, Andy Byford, will also come to the end of his term at this time and proposals would ideally also cover the role of reviews editor.

Founded in 1983 as the Scottish Slavonic Review and published in its current form since 1994, Slavonica publishes work in the fields of Russian, Central and East European Studies, ranging across literature, history, politics, language, linguistics, social issues, religion, music, culture and the arts; Russian/East European cultural links; original, or previously unpublished documents, illustrations, poetry and short prose; translations of poetry and shorter prose fiction (with commentary); feature articles of appropriate interest; reports and announcements on conferences, exhibitions and events; and anniversary tributes and obituaries. Each issue also contains around twenty specialist book reviews. The journal publishes two issues a year. More information can be found at

Those interested should have an extensive background in Russian and Slavonic Studies and the expertise to co-ordinate scholarly publication across the range of the journal’s areas of interest. They should have a network of contacts within the field and the ability to broaden the journal’s international profile.

These posts attract a modest honorarium plus expenses, and they are offered as five-year appointments.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the journal’s managing editor, Gemma Briggs, at no later than 15 June 2014 (preliminary enquiries about any aspect of the production process are also welcome).

The present editor is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at

AGM Minutes 7 April 2013

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting, 7 April 2013

1. Minutes of the meeting held on 1 April 2012.

The minutes, a summary of which were published in the May 2012 newsletter, were accepted by the meeting as a correct record.

2. Matters arising from the minutes

Item 2: Stephen Hutchings confirmed that the 20th /21st Century Literature study group had lapsed. Rosalind Marsh volunteered to convene it and to broaden the focus to include cultural studies.

Item 3: Visa issues for conference delegates: Stephen Hutchings had asked for reports of visa issues and sent the collated information to the British Academy. Stephen Hutchings also wrote to a national newspaper on the issue but the letter was not published. Suzy Howes (conference organizer) had written to the local Cambridge MPs but got no response.

Item 9b): Changes to the constitution allowing extension of full membership to international scholars: Stephen Hutchings confirmed that having talked to other presidents of learned societies,  until last year BASEES was in a minority in not doing so. Therefore he confirmed that this change is appropriate.

3. President’s Report

Stephen Hutchings submitted a written report to the meeting. He commended his committee colleagues and society members for making his job so pleasant, and offered his thanks to the committee, especially those who were leaving it. In his capacity as Past President, Stephen would continue on the committee as one of the Nove prize judges.

Item 2:  Stephen Hutchings announced the new postgraduate prize. The committee had not ruled out the possibility of further prizes in the future,  for example an early career researcher prize. Rosalind Marsh asked for clarification of the terms. Stephen confirmed that it is for the best scholarly article or book chapter published by a postgraduate.

Item 3: On the subject of Open Access, Stephen Hutchings stated that BASEES has been active in protesting about the implementation. The situation is still unclear, so BASEES will carry on acting when necessary. David Lane asked for comment more on OA and what might be an acceptable alternative. Stephen replied that the academic community is in favour of OA but has concerns about the speed of introduction and the impact on funding models for journals. There is not enough money to make every article OA under the Gold model, so the Green model makes articles available in university repositories but only after an embargo period so as to protect journals. Hence there is a debate over the length of embargo. RCUK may have conceded 2 years. There is also a debate over creative commons licensing (CC-BY): this allows ‘data-mining’ –the use of extracts of research, including out of context, with minimal requirement for acknowledgement. Peter Sowden noted that monographs will also ultimately be in the frame for OA, with the concern that if books are not funded via sales how will they be funded? RCUK policy currently only applies to articles, but may be made to apply to monographs for REF2020.

Item 3a): Stephen Hutchings noted that there would be another round of nominations for the Academy of Social Sciences in July, so BASEES will ask for suggestions.

Item 3b): Stephen Hutchings had attended a meeting with AHRC who seem genuine in wanting input from learned societies on themed calls. He reported that BASEES had responded to the RCUK Triennial Review, and noted that this is still ongoing so there is still time to make further responses.

Item 3c) Stephen Hutchings invited ideas for maximising the impact of the Dunn report. Stephen White suggested a press release. Returns to the survey showed a perception that BASEES should do more to defend and consolidate position of the field. Stephen Hutchings has spare hard copies of the report.

Item 4: Stephen Hutchings acknowledged that Bulgarian at UCL was not viable but expressed his disappointment that Bulgarian is disappearing from UK HEIs. Peter Duncan thanked Stephen for his letter of support about Bulgarian. On the other hand Stephen expressed pleasure that he had received no other requests to write letters of support to vulnerable depts. Rosalind Marsh queried whether there is now an issue of non-replacement of retiring colleagues and asked if Stephen would write to the University of Bath and ask that she be replaced with a Russianist.

Stephen Hutchings concluded his report by expressing his thanks again and offering good wishes to the new President, Peter Waldron.

4. Secretary’s Report

Sarah Hudspith submitted a written report to the meeting. She announced the new BASEES logo and thanked Matthias Neumann, Stephen Hutchings and Peter Waldron for arranging this. She outlined the various electronic means of communication now used by BASEES, including the email lists (a general members list and a postgraduate members list), Facebook and Twitter, and online file sharing for the committee. She noted that Claire Shaw as Information Officer would comment further on communications issues.

5. Membership Secretary’s Report

Natasha Rulyova was unable to attend the AGM but submitted a written report to the meeting in absentia.  The report shows that membership is holding up well; the number of members is set to grow as there are some applications pending and there has been a steady rise over last 4-6 years. It is hoped that the conference will add to membership numbers through delegates enrolling as they register for the conference or simply by promoting BASEES as an attractive organisation. BASEES is planning a move to online membership; some providers have been identified but can be very expensive to there is a need to consider all the options carefully, and other learned societies are being consulted to find out what their system is. As the membership fees were raised last year partly to allow for the move to online membership, BASEES needs to be certain of the impact of the fees increase on the level of membership before committing finances to an online package.

Melanie Ilic noted that for some members at least, direct debits went out with the old amount. Stephen Hutchings replied that this is being investigated: the fault may lie with CAF (the membership handler). Such glitches are another reason for caution before moving to a new system.

6. Treasurer’s Report

Jon Oldfield was unable to attend the AGM but submitted a written report to the meeting in absentia. The main BASEES account is in deficit but doesn't reflect the income from the conference, which the committee will know in May. It was noted that the accounts show there is not a large margin for error. The reserve accounts have been going down over the years, but the committee is hopeful that the new membership fees will help.

Matthias Neumann commented that the break even figure for the conference was 425 delegates but we have 485 delegates, so BASEES should make a profit. Rosalind Marsh asked whether ICCEES contributes finances for the conference.  It was confirmed that they do not, but the co-hosting with ICCEES has created our profit.

Stephen White asked why a financial report for the conference itself is not presented at the AGM, as BASEES members have little access to decisions made on conference spending , for example financial support for postgraduates. Such reports have been given in the past. The committee agreed to ask Suzy and Charlie Howes (conference organizers) at the committee meeting on 8 April 2013, and that a report on the finances for the 2013 conference would be presented at the next AGM.

Melanie Ilic noted that the Treasurer’s Report shows a large increase in fees for affiliations to other associations, and also in auditors fees. Stephen Hutchings confirmed that Jon Oldfield as the new Treasurer is planning to find a cheaper auditor. Peter Waldron commented that the accounts show 2 years' worth of affiliations fees in one go.

Terry Cox proposed a motion nominating the current auditors retrospectively as this is a requirement of the Charity Commission. The current auditors are Law and Co Chartered Accountants. The meeting agreed that the committee would confirm the auditors on behalf of AGM. The auditors’ signed copy of the accounts was not available to show the AGM but the committee noted this had been received.

Acceptance of the Treasurer's report was proposed by Stephen White and seconded by Judith Pallot, and agreed by the meeting.

7. Information Officer’s Report

Claire Shaw presented a written report to the meeting. She noted that BASEES is in a transition phase in terms of its means of information giving: there is a website, newsletter, email lists and social media. The newsletter has been made electronic only for cost reasons and also because in this format it is more flexible and can be expanded. Given the variety of communications methods now used by BASEES, Claire invited members to express what they value in the newsletter and what they use it for – what could be done differently, and whether members use the website more for conference announcements and calls for papers? Brendan McGeever argued that the newsletter is still very important, particularly for having everything together in one place and could be posted on the BASEES Facebook site to encourage use of both media. Peter Sowden said that the President’s letter is always informative. Jeremy Hicks suggested the request for feedback on the newsletter be circulated on the BASEES members email list. Rosalind Marsh suggested getting information for the newsletter from Richard Ramage’s email list.

8. Report on the work of the Research and Development Committee

Derek Hutcheson presented a written report to the meeting. He reported on an active year with lots of applications; the R&D committee tried to fund as many applicants as possible with as much money as possible within the budget. Not every application was funded and not every application that received funding was fully funded. The R&D committee tried instead to fund specific things such as flights, accommodation, so as to give some funding to as many applicants as possible. It also proved to be a delicate balancing act to spread the year’s budget across the three application deadlines. Out of the three areas to which applications were eligible (postgraduate funding, conference organising and study group funding), the study group fund was the only one undersubscribed. Derek noted that not all applications approved in one year are funded that year, which accounts for some disparities in the accounts. Derek also confirmed that he had undertaken an audit of BASEES study groups which had attested that most are active.

Brendan McGeever formally expressed thanks to Derek on behalf of the postgraduate community, as the R&D committee had funded the highest number of applications from postgraduates in many years.

Stephen Hutchings expressed hope that BASEES will have more money in future for R&D due to the fees increase and if future conferences are as successful as this year’s.

Rosalind Marsh suggested that the existence of the CEELBAS fund may have drawn applications away from BASEES but noted that this fund will come to an end in 2016.

9. Prizes:

a. Alexander Nove Prize

Stephen Hutchings confirmed that the winner of the Nove prize for a book published in 2011 is Andreas Schonle for Architecture of Oblivion. Sarah Hudspith stated that there had been 10 eligible applications for the Nove prize, and expressed thanks to the judges Terry Cox and David Shepherd for their hard work.

. George Blazyca Prize

Stephen Hutchings confirmed that the winner of the Blazyca prize for a book published in 2011 is Anne White for Polish Families and Migration. Sarah Hudspith stated that there had been 3 eligible applications for the Blazyca prize, and expressed thanks to the judges Cathie Carmichael and Karen Henderson for their hard work.

10. Election of Officers and Committee Members

The following nominations for officer posts were received:

Treasurer: Jon Oldfield (University of Glasgow) proposed by Terry Cox, seconded by Sarah Hudspith.

The following nominations were received for Ordinary Members:

Luke March (University of Edinburgh) proposed by Richard Sakwa, seconded by Derek Hutcheson;

Judith Pallot (University of Oxford) proposed by Peter Waldron, seconded by Matthias Neumann;

Sam Greene (Kings Russia Institute) proposed by Cathie Carmichael seconded by Simon Dixon.

All the proposals were unanimously approved.

A new Membership Secretary was also required and likely to be appointed very soon but it had not been possible formally to propose a candidate by the time of the AGM. The new appointee would therefore be formally confirmed in post at the next AGM.

Secretary Sarah Hudspith and Information Officer Claire Shaw were reconfirmed in their posts.

11. Conference 2013

Stephen Hutchings invited the meeting to give feedback on the conference.

Peter Sowden said it had been well organised.

Rosalind Marsh asked whether there were fewer British speakers than usual, and it was agreed that it merely seemed so because there were more international speakers than usual.

Peter Duncan requested that the AGM not coincide with panels again; the committee confirmed that this arrangement was just for this year due to the size of the conference.

Derek Hutcheson noted that Churchill College was very pleasant for accommodation. Matthias Neumann replied that Fitzwilliam College was more flexible with regard to late cancellations etc., but agreed that the Churchill rooms were nicer, bigger and cheaper.

Matthias Neumann reported that there were 143 panels and 485 delegates at the conference. He noted that the properly printed programme booklet, made possible through advertising sales, had proved popular. He also reported that this year overseas delegates had experienced visa problems only in terms of tight timescales rather than rejections. This type of visa problem had unfortunately lost us a few panels.

Judith Pallot expressed that she was  impressed with the conference and that BASEES should try to hold the numbers of delegates, especially taking into account that many UK scholars find the cost of going to ASEEES prohibitive. She asked whether the same scale of conference could be replicated without ICCEES. Matthias replied that the conference can be expanded even within its usual 3 day slot; the conference had already grown during the last couple of years. It was hoped the success of this year would help to promote future conferences.

Matthias Neumann reported that the conference no longer charges publishers for their displays, and delegates have reported being pleased the book stands are back.

Judith Pallot commented that it would be helpful if panel organisers/chairs were told to keep to the order of papers.

Rosalind Marsh lamented that there were no conference folders; with the programme booklet it was felt that a folder was an unnecessary expense.

Brendan McGeever reported that postgraduate attendees are giving very positive feedback, saying that it has been the best BASEES conference so far.

Brendan McGeever also noticed that the registration/information desk staff have struggled this year, as many delegates requested to be taken to Churchill College and back: this may indicate that more signage between the sites is required. Rosalind Marsh was of the view that even signage to the Fitzwilliam College rooms is sometimes inadequate.

Judith Pallot commended Richard Sakwa’s opening keynote speech which set the right tone and drew a high level of conference attendance right from the start. Matthias Neumann reported that the 'in conversation' format for an event after dinner had worked well and was more successful than holding a keynote speech after dinner.

The meeting expressed thanks to Matthias Neumann for the huge amount of work he had done in organising the conference.

12. AOB

Peter Sowden was invited to report to the membership on the BASEES Routledge book series. He tabled a written report and stated that it has been a good year. The entire back catalogue of the series is on display at the conference. He expressed his pleasure at being able to publish lots of first time authors. The meeting registered a vote of thanks to Peter Sowden.

Terry Cox proposed a formal vote of thanks to the outgoing President Stephen Hutchings, which was unanimously agreed.

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.