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Podcast of the conference Area Studies in the 21st Century

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Conference Area Studies in the 21 Century took place on 9th of November 2015 as part of SSEES Centenary Programme. It was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy, American Council of Learned Societies and the Andre W. Mellon Foundation.

CEELBAS Call For International Research Visits, Knowledge Exchange Workshops And Research Network Workshops December 2015 - January 2016

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Doctoral Studentships in Russian, Slavonic & East European Languages & Culture 2016

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Podcast: Prof. Anne Pauwels on teaching less widely-taught languages at university

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Anne Pauwels

A podcast is now available of Professor Anne Pauwels' keynote talk at the recent CEELBAS workshop on Teaching Slavonic & East European Languages in Universities. Putting various aspects of language teaching in context, the talk set the scene for two days of practical training designed to introduce PhD students and early-career scholars to the challenges of teaching Slavonic & East European languages at HE level. Professor Pauwels is Dean of the Faculty of Languages & Cultures at SOAS University of London.

New online guide to Russian and Ukrainian archives

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Edited by Andy Willimott, Samantha Sherry and Jonathan Waterlow

Now available on the CEELBAS website, this updated guide features essential information and helpful tips on using over 20 archives in Russia and Ukraine.

New debate series with openDemocracy Russia - 'Frontlines II: religion, ethnicity, culture'

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Photo (c) RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nikolsky
Photo (c) RIA Novosti/Aleksei Nikolsky

Studying the post-socialist space in times of crisis: Research methods podcasts from the Platform Ukraine symposium

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Audio podcasts on Studying the post-socialist space in times of crisis are now available at the link below. In this panel at the Platform Ukraine Symposium (UCL, 19 September 2014) the speakers draw on their own experiences to discuss ethical, logistical and methodological issues of research in post-socialist territory. 

New publication: Research Ethics and Moral Dilemmas of Social Research in Post-Socialist Europe and Beyond

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A special section of papers has been published in Sociological Research Online that develops discussions first initiated by a series of CEELBAS workshops (2009-2011) exploring ethical challenges to fieldwork in Central and Eastern Europe.

AHRC PhD studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture

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UCL

Application deadline: 2nd March 2015

Further details: http://www.ceelbas.ac.uk/students/cdt

PhD scholarships in Russian & Slavonic Studies, University of Sheffield

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The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield is inviting applications for PhD studentships in Arts and Humanities subjects through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Doctoral Training Partnership.

PhD Funding Opportunity in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Manchester

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The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester hosts one of the largest and most diverse and dynamic postgraduate communities in the UK, and is committed to supporting financially the best qualified applicants. Each year the School awards approximately £800,000 in studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study. There is a range of awards on offer for both Home/EU and Overseas students at PhD level. Applicants to the PhD programmes in Russian and East European Studies can additionally apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships. The AHRC funding is available to Manchester applicants via the CEELBAS CDT. The ESRC funding is offered via the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).

New podcasts: 'Revisiting Ivan Fedorov's legacy in early-modern Europe'

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Video podcasts from the May 2014 Ivan Fedorov conference are now available via the UCL SSEES YouTube channel.

New publication: ‘All things to all people?' Internal and external approaches to Europeanisation

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'All things to all people' - Europeanisation working papers

Launched at the University of Kent's 'Europe Day' (9th April), this publication brings together working papers on aspects of Europeanisation, the challenge of its conceptualisation, and the overall future of the European studies research agenda. It is the outcome of a doctoral training workshop held at the University of Kent in October 2013, supported by CEELBAS and the Kent Graduate School.

Ukraine’s other crisis: Living in the shadow of Chernobyl - CEELBAS research student Thom Davies writes for The Independent

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'Is Russia trying to revive the Soviet Union?' Watch Sir Roderic Lyne's lecture at UCL

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Sir Roderic Lyne, British Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2004 and current Chair of the CEELBAS International Advisory Committee, recently gave a public lecture at UCL examining the Ukrainian crisis in the wider context of Russian policy and attitudes since the collapse of the Soviet Union. A recording is now available on the UCL YouTube channel, UCL TV:

New podcasts: 'The Crisis of Democracy' and 'The Protests in Bulgaria and the Balkans in 2013'

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Video recordings from two recent CEELBAS events are now available at the links below:

The Protests in Bulgaria and the Balkans in 2013: Comparing the State of Democratic Institutions

CEELBAS receives major AHRC funding award for new 'Centre for Doctoral Training'

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CEELBAS-AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training

We are delighted to announce that a CEELBAS consortium has been awarded a substantial grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop one of seven new national 'Centres for Doctoral Training' (CDTs).

CEELBAS-supported PhD student writes report on language policy for the Government of Tatarstan (Russian Federation)

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Kazan Internship

Following her recent research internship at the Department for Languages, Culture and Sport of the Government of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, Teresa Wigglesworth-Baker (University of Sheffield) has written a report for the Tatar government giving recommendations for consideration as part of its 2013-2022 Tatar language policy.

Welcome to PROeLANG! Personal Learning Environments in Polish and Romanian Language Teaching

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PROeLANG

PROeLANG is a collaborative project between Urszula Chowaniec (UCL SSEES Teaching Fellow in Polish) and Ramona Gonczol (UCL SSEES Senior Teaching Fellow in Romanian) to conceptualise, research and design e-learning toolkits for independent postgraduate language learners. Sample Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) have been created for Polish and Romanian (beginners’ levels) but the model is designed to be transferable to other languages.

New Global Europe Centre launched at the University of Kent

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The Global Europe Centre (GEC) is a new research centre focusing on Europe, its member states, and its place in a changing world.

Language-Based Area Studies Reception at the British Academy, 13 May

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British Academy

The Impact of Language-Based Area Studies 

The Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS) initiative is meeting the major strategic need to build UK capacity to understand, inform and respond to developments in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, China and Japan, and the Arab World.

Frontlines: Politics and Culture in the post-Soviet Space. New CEELBAS debate series with openDemocracy Russia

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Photo (c) Demotix/Maria Pleshkova

CEELBAS is pleased to report the launch of a new editorial partnership with the digital commons openDemocracy. Starting on March 27th, a series of articles are being published on the openDemocracy Russia pages debating various aspects of post-Soviet politics and culture.

New language training materials for Estonian, Polish and Russian

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The following language training materials have recently been created through CEELBAS funding:

LBAS language conference report

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Ukrainian Thought, 05.01.2013

The following report on the LBAS conference "Building the Language Base for Research" (14 December 2012) was published in the 5 January 2013 edition of Ukrains'ka Dumka (Ukrainian Thought), a fortnightly newspaper which is produced in London. An English translation is provided below. Click on the image for an enlarged pdf version of the original article (in Ukrainian).

Second blog series by CEELBAS research intern: migrant night workers in London

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Cezar Macarie, who recently completed the M.Res in Russian and East European Studies at UCL SSEES, has written a new series of blogs as part of his research internship at the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum in London. Following his earlier blog series for the Forum on Romanian Roma in the UK, Cezar's new series looks at the precarious lives of London's migrant night workers. Some of the findings of Cezar's research for this project were presented at the University of Leeds conference on "Vulnerable Workers, Forced Labour, Migration and Ethical Trading" on 14th December 2012: view the presentation.

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