Podcasts of the 2016 London conference ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’

Audio podcasts from the conference ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ held in London in March 2016 became available online.

The conference served as a multidisciplinary forum of Belarusian studies for researchers of Belarus in the West covering a wide range of topics - from history and foreign policy of Belarus to public art and digital engagement.

The Ostrogorski Centre and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies organised the conference in partnership with Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum, Anglo-Belarusian Society, and the Journal of Belarusian Studies.

The conference gathered around 20 speakers and moderators from the United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Canada, Poland and France. The conference panels focused on Belarusian history, politics, foreign policy and political science. Selected papers will appear in the new issue of the The Journal of Belarusian Studies.

Several presentations from the conference are available below as podcasts.


The Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies, Professor Andrew Wilson, UCL SSEES. Explaining Lukashenka's Survival.


Aliaksandr Herasimenka, CAMRI, University of Westminster, United Kingdom. Comparing digital engagement and mobilisation in Belarus and Ukraine.


Yuliya Brel, School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware, United States. Belarus – a modern dictatorship.


Ina Shakhrai, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. When autocracies have no respect for the Nobel Prize.


Stephen Hall, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, United Kingdom. The lessons given by the bison to the bear: Belarus teaching Russia authoritarianism.


Peter Braga, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, United Kingdom. In search of a third wing? Belarus–China relations and balancing amid the Russia–Ukraine conflict.


Siarhei Bohdan, Freie Universität Berlin and Ostrogorski Centre. To survive in the shadow of Big Brother: increasing elements of neutrality in Belarusian foreign and security policies in the 2010s.


Paul Hansbury, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. An awkward partner of Moscow: some thoughts on Belarus-Russia foreign relations.


Dzmitry Suslau, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, United Kingdom. Constructing urban narratives: contemporary public art in Minsk.


Lena Borise, Harvard University, United States. Pretonic Prominence in the Aŭciuki Dialect of Belarusian


Vitali Shchutski, University Paris 8, France.The changing value of the Belarusian avant-garde painting: case study of three private collections.

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