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 (extended deadline for proposal submissions until June 15 (Sunday), 12 p.m. (Japan time)).
Panel, paper, and roundtable proposals for this congress are being accepted at http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/iccees2015/index.html.
As the deadline of proposal submission for the Ninth ICCEES World Congress (May 31) is coming closer, we are witnessing a real peak of submissions. Some of the prospective participants have requested the extension of the deadline because they could not submit their proposals in time for technical reasons.
Considering these circumstances, the Organizing Committee has decided to extend the deadline for proposal submissions until June 15 (Sunday), 12 p.m. (Japan time). No submissions will be accepted after this date.
Colleagues and friends! Do not miss this opportunity to visit Japan and participate in the ICCEES World Congress in August 2015! We look forward to welcoming you at the Congress next year.
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.
Call for Papers - Contemporary Hungarian Studies Postgraduate Conference: Multidisciplinary European Perspectives, Glasgow, UK, Period: February 12-13, 2015
Hungary is a dynamic political and cultural space that has been in constant transformation since 1989, and where political developments since 2010 in particular have attracted considerable international attention. Although the country’s current political trajectory has already invited a great deal of commentary from within as well as beyond its borders, further critical analysis is still required. At the same time, Hungary’s social and cultural present also deserves further scrutiny by the international scholarly community.
Since the 2010 election victory of Viktor Orbán’s nationalist Fidesz party, Hungary has undergone radical and sweeping changes to its political and economic order, provoking debates on the limits of democracy and the rule of law within the European Union. Furthermore, due to an increased role for the far right within mainstream government and shifts in spheres of interest in both domestic and international politics, Hungary has emerged as an important case study for reflections on post-socialist states in the 21st century. Therefore, increased scholarly attention is essential for understanding Hungary’s current social, political and cultural landscape. The broad themes of post-socialism, nation and identity, and contemporary Hungary’s place in the wider European political and socio-economic context are of particular importance.
The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2014.
For more informations please visit the website.
Assistant Professor "Soviet and Post-Soviet History" (CEU Budapest)
The Department of History at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the field of Soviet and Post-Soviet History. Scholars with Central Asian and/or Caucasian research interest are encouraged to apply. In keeping with the Department's strong emphasis on interdisciplinary, comparative and cross-cultural studies, we seek applicants whose teaching and research accommodate contemporary approaches in social, political, gender, or cultural history. Applicants should hold a PhD degree and have excellent command of the Russian language.
About CEU and the History Department:
Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences and humanities and offering both Master's and Doctoral programs. It is located in Budapest and is accredited in both the United States and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement. The university is committed to promoting the values of open society and self-reflective critical thinking. The language of instruction is English.
Deadline for application is 09. november 2014
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Maria Koinova: Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States, Varieties of Governance in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo, UK 2014, 328pp. ISBN 978-0-8122-4522-6
Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States investigates why some Eastern European states transitioned to new forms of governance with minimal violence while others broke into civil war. In Bulgaria, the Turkish minority was subjected to coerced assimilation and forced expulsion, but the nation ultimately negotiated peace through institutional channels. In Macedonia, periodic outbreaks of insurgent violence escalated to armed conflict. Kosovo's internal warfare culminated in NATO's controversial bombing campaign. In the twenty-first century, these conflicts were subdued, but violence continued to flare occasionally and impede durable conflict resolution.
In this comparative study, Maria Koinova applies historical institutionalism to conflict analysis, tracing ethnonationalist violence in postcommunist states to a volatile, formative period between 1987 and 1992. In this era of instability, the incidents that brought majorities and minorities into dispute had a profound impact and a cumulative effect, as did the interventions of international agents and kin states. Whether the conflicts initially evolved in peaceful or violent ways, the dynamics of their disputes became self-perpetuating and informally institutionalized. Thus, external policies or interventions could affect only minimal change, and the impact of international agents subsided over time. Regardless of the constitutions, laws, and injunctions, majorities, minorities, international agents, and kin states continue to act in accord with the logic of informally institutionalized conflict dynamics.
For more informations please visit the website.