Consortium of Belarusian and Lithuanian organisations under the auspices of Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and the Institute “Political Sphere” (Belarus) announces the call for proposals for the First International Congress of Belarusian Studies (Kaunas, Lithuania, 23-25 September 2011)
More than 100 scholars and researchers from all over the world who study Belarus and Central-East Europe region are expected to participate in the event. The Congress will gather scholars in sociology, political science, history and history of ideas. Furthermore, the discussions on regional development problems and relations of Belarus with other countries will be held.
Preliminary list of sections:
- Belarus and regional cooperation system;
- “Belarusian model”, 1991-2011 – summing up two decades;
- Soviet past in regional perspective: (de-)(neo-)(post-)sovietization;
- Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Fact and Idea;
- Nation in Central and Eastern Europe: community and identity;
- Belarusian society and culture – strategy in the context of globalization.
Preliminary topics of public debates:
- Belarus and Eastern partnership;
- Belarusian elections 2008-2010: consequences and prospects;
- Belarusian-Lithuanian relations – current conditions, prospects, obstacles.
The detailed information concerning conception of the event, organising committee and partners is available on web-page of the Congress – www.icbs.lt.
On behalf of the consortium, we invite all interested researchers and experts in the fields mentioned above to take part in the Congress.
Organisers cover accommodation expenses and provide visa support. We are also planning to cover travel expenses for participants from Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
The main working languages of the Congress are Belarusian, English and Lithuanian (there will be the simultaneous translation to these languages during plenary and joint sessions). Additional languages of communication are Russian and Polish. Spokespersons can present abstracts and make presentations in Belarusian, English, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian.
The Congress participants will have an opportunity to publish their abstracts.
To participate in the Congress, please submit:
1) CV in Belarusian, English, Lithuanian or other working language;
2) Abstract up to 400 words in any working language.
The candidates should mention in the email whether they need a visa support.
Please, send your applications to the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline – July 15, 2011.