Conference reports

Andrey Bely Prize

Irina Sandomirskaja, professor of cultural studies at CBEES, Södertörn University, was awarded the most prestigious Russian prize for literary scholarship, [...]

By Irina Sandomirskaja View Comments

The post-Soviet Europe and its ”beyond”

The theme of the conference, "Beyond Transition", reflects a critical phase in current research on Eastern Europe and highlights the need for theoretical and methodological revision noted by many.

By Irina Sandomirskaja View Comments

Reversing the myth On weak post-communist civil society

The rationale of the conference “The Challenge of Collective Action: New Perspectives on Civil Society and Social Activism in Contemporary Poland” was to question the conventional view of Polish civil society by highlighting the neglect of spontaneous and informal forms of activism in studies of post-socialist and Polish civil society.

By Dominika Polanska View Comments

Russia as enfant terrible. In the eye of the ”others”

The 13th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “Russia and the World”, which took place in the main building of the University of Helsinki, October 23–25, was dedicated first and foremost to Russian foreign policy.

By Irina Kotkina View Comments

Frameworks for University Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region

From the discussions at the “Frameworks for University Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region” conference, the new EU-level interest in the region as well as increased Russian attention to the Baltic Sea sent a strong signal regarding the contemporary relevance and future importance of Baltic Sea cooperation.

By Carl Marklund View Comments

Towards a transnational history of Soviet deportations. Which aspects of the past remain unknown?

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the deportees’ memoirs in the revision of the history of deportations, especially since the memoirs were collected in different ways in the different countries.

By Egle Rindzevičiūtė View Comments

ERANOS 2013: Tolerance and Trust

ERANOS has taken place from 1933.The ERANOS Tagung (Conference) 2013 on "The Virtues of Tolerance" was held at Neamt Monastery in Romania on July 14-20, 2013. Here we publish a contribution from one of this years' speakers, Anders Björnsson.

By Ninna Mörner View Comments

Harder times for the Russian opposition

The situation for human rights in Russia is worsening. Some now even compare the country with Belarus. Opponents of the Putin regime met on a conference ”Russia – a more repressive Kremlin” in Vilnius in the end of May 2013.

By Påhl Ruin View Comments

Labor migration in the Baltic Sea Countries. “We need workers and they need work”

The expert seminar "Labor migration in the Baltic Sea Countries: Trends and prospects" April 25, took a closer look at migration-related challenges. Export of labor and lose of younger people are worrying problems for the Baltic States, noted key-note speaker professor Charles Woolfson. Other problems mentioned on the seminar were the labor migrants’ vulnerable situation, and the growing amount of abandoned children.

By Påhl Ruin View Comments

Discrimination fosters human trafficking. empowerment may help prevent it

Dehumanization of groups of people is a prerequisite for human trafficking. The very same factor that make vulnerable groups target of discrimination also make people vulnerable to human trafficking. The link between discrimination and human trafficking was the theme on OSCE:s 12th "Alliance against Trafficking in Persons" Conference.

By Ninna Mörner View Comments