Russian-East European Relations: From Tsarism to Gazprom

Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies Annual Conference 2012 “Russian-East European Relations: From Tsarism to Gazprom”

Cork, 4-5 May 2012

Deadline: 29 February 2012

Abstracts for papers are requested on the subject of Russian relations with Eastern Europe for the annual IARCEES Conference to be held at University College Cork, May 4-5, 2012.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the relations between Russia/Soviet Union and its neighbouring countries in Eastern Europe. We welcome papers on a broad range of topics.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Peter Duncan, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Russian Politics and Society at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

The 20th Century was a time of particularly turbulent relations between Russia and its Eastern European neighbours. Issues such as the 2007 relocation of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn show that political and historical differences, such as over interpretation of the events of the Second World War, persist. Increasingly the issue of Russia’s relations with her ‘near abroad’ has come under scrutiny as the Russian Government increasingly regulates its relations with the region through oil and gas contracts.

We envisage, but by no means limit, the range of possible topics to:

The effects of nationalism in both the Russian and East European context
Military and cultural relations during periods of both tension and stability
The role of Russian and East European intelligentsia
Inter-dependence, past and present
Prospects for future relations

We welcome proposals from those working across disciplines, and we welcome especially proposals from Russian and Eastern European participants. Panels are especially welcomed.

Conference papers can be published online in Irish Slavonic Studies (see website:

Abstracts of papers (no more than 250 words) should be submitted by email to no later than February 29, 2012.


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