Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee met on 20-21 June in the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, with all members present except for Professor Irina Sandomirskaja who sent her apologies. The most important issues discussed were: (i) Potential membership and leadership changes to the composition of the executive from 2015. (ii) The state of ICCEES finances. These were judged to be adequate in light of potential demands in the foreseeable future, although continued care would be needed to ensure that the balance did not run down excessively. The accounts had been audited, and were found to be in satisfactory order. (iii) A report was received about the forthcoming IX World Congress to be held in Makuhari, Japan, 3-8 August 2015. Preparations are proceeding on schedule, and the number of papers and panels submitted is higher than in recent congresses, with a very good international spread. The Japanese organising committee was to be congratulated on their work thus far. (iv) The Committee discussed preparations for the publication of papers from the IX Congress, and agreed that this would be pursued with vigour. (v) There was some discussion of the possible accession to ICCEES of organisations from countries that are not yet members, with the final decision on the application from one new potential member going before the Council meeting at the time of the Congress next year. (vi) There was some discussion of the site for the 2020 Congress. This decision must be finally made by the Council next year.
Graeme Gill,ICCEES President
IX World Congress of ICCEES
August 3-8, 2015 // Chiba, Japan. The full Congress Program is now available online (http://www.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/makuhari2015/program.html)
The International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) is the global alliance of national associations of Slavic and Eurasian studies, composed of the ASEEES (United States), CAS (Canada), BASEES (Britain), DGO / SOG (Germany), FAREES (Finland), ANZSA (Australia), CAREECAS (China), JCREES (Japan), KASS (Korea), and MACEES (Mongolia), and other respectable organizations. The ICCEES was created in 1974 and holds a world congress once every five years. The next world congress will be held in Makuhari (30 minutes from the heart of Tokyo), Japan, on August 3-8, 2015. The official languages of the congress are English, Russian, French, and German.
International Conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies - Memoria et Cultura 2015 Historical memory, the politics of memory and cultural identity: Romania, Scandinavia and the Baltic, Constanta, Romania, May 22-23, 2015
The 6th International Conference of Nordic and Baltic Studies in Romania will be held at Ovidius University of Constanta, one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities on the Black Sea coast. The university bears the name of the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, who lived the last years of his life in Tomis, a former Greek colony later to become the city of Constanta. The university is an institution in the service of regional community and has a profound international impact in the Black Sea area and beyond. Some of the values that guide the university are inspired by the life and works of Ovid, who proved creative freedom and desire to leave a permanent and unique cultural trace, capable of enduring the passage of time.
The conference is organized by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies in cooperation with the International Summer School of the University of Oslo, Norway and the Faculty of History and Political Sciences of Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania and in partnership with the Nordic and Baltic embassies and consulates in Romania. The conference is sponsored through the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 within the Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level.
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[In German] „Kulturtransfer und ‚kulturelle Identität‘ – Deutsch-russische Kontakte im europäischen Kontext“ (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Kooperation mit der Russischen Staatlichen Universität für Geisteswissenschaften, RGGU, Moskau) besetzt zum 1. Oktober 2015 an der Universität Freiburg 4 Promotionsstellen (Stellenanteil 65 %) für Akademische Mitarbeiter/innen, Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L, für eine Laufzeit von bis zu drei Jahren.
Darüber hinaus werden zwei Plätze an Promovierende vergeben, die über eine eigene Finanzierung verfügen und sich an das Kolleg assoziieren möchten.
Die Kollegstandorte in Freiburg und Moskau behandeln gemeinsam Fragen zu deutsch-russischen bzw. russisch-deutschen Kulturkontakten und Kulturtransfers, wobei sie die europäische Dimension miteinbeziehen und sich somit auch trilateralen oder quatrolateralen Beziehungen widmen. Zudem untersucht der Forschungsverbund, inwiefern sich Prozesse des Kulturtransfers auf Konstruktionen kultureller bzw. nationaler Identitäten auswirken. Der Untersuchungszeitraum erstreckt sich vom ausgehenden 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart.
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Bewerbungsschluss ist der 31. Mai 2015.
Daniela Kalkandjieva (ed.): The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948. From Decline to Resurrection, 2015, 378pp. ISBN: 9781138788480
This book tells the remarkable story of the decline and revival of the Russian Orthodox Church in the first half of the twentieth century and the astonishing U-turn in the attitude of the Soviet Union’s leaders towards the church. In the years after 1917 the Bolsheviks’ anti-religious policies, the loss of the former western territories of the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union’s isolation from the rest of the world and the consequent separation of Russian emigrés from the church were disastrous for the church, which declined very significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. However, when Poland was partitioned in 1939 between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Stalin allowed the Patriarch of Moscow, Sergei, jurisdiction over orthodox congregations in the conquered territories and went on, later, to encourage the church to promote patriotic activities as part of the resistance to the Nazi invasion. He agreed a Concordat with the church in 1943, and continued to encourage the church, especially its claims to jurisdiction over émigré Russian orthodox churches, in the immediate postwar period. Based on extensive original research, the book puts forward a great deal of new information and overturns established thinking on many key points.
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