deadline 15 september 2017

The Forum for Czech and Slovak Studies (U.K.) invites scholars, including postgraduate students and independent scholars, to present a short (15-20 minute) paper to an interdisciplinary panel on the theme of Independence 1918 at the BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) conference being held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 13-15 April 2018.

The panel is intended to explore the meaning and ramifications of independence as (re)gained in 1918 by countries such as, for example, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia. Proposals are invited from scholars working in any of the following fields: History, Politics, Sociology and Geography; Languages and Linguistics; Film and Media Studies; Literatures and Cultures, and Economics.

Presentations can be on any aspect of the theme, although the Forum is particularly interested in receiving proposals that address the topic of independence alongside that of the creation of multi-national or multi-ethnic states. Papers might include discussions of different representations of independence; the form independence took; what the concept of independence means and how it was experienced by different groups or people both within the countries involved and in their diaspora; how independence has been interpreted at different points in time in those contexts; the challenges of nationalism in multi-national entities; and many other topics.

Applications, giving a proposed title for your talk, together with a brief abstract (MAXIMUM 250 words), your email and postal address and your institutional or other affiliation, should be sent as soon as possible, and in any case before 15 September 2017 to:

Julia Sutton-Mattocks, Department of Russian and Czech, University of Bristol, 17 Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1UP, U.K.
Email: julia.sutton-mattocks@

Author: Aisseco

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