Podcasts of the Second Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies (2017)

Photo: Yaraslau Kryvoi

On Saturday 25 February, Ostrogorski Centre organised the Second Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies in cooperation with University College London and the Belarusian Francis Skaryna Library and Museum.

Speakers from Belarus, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, the United States, and other countries presented and discussed Belarus-related research. The conference panels covered Francis Skaryna’s work and legacy, problems of Belarusian national identity, foreign policy of Belarus and comparative politics, social and political movements, and language and literature.

The main conference was followed by the Annual Lecture on Belarusian Studies, delivered by Dr Ales Susha, Deputy Director of the National Library of Belarus and Chairman of the International Association of Belarusian Language and Culture Specialists.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in the Journal of Belarusian Studies. The conference programme is available here and pictures from the event are here.

Podcasts from the conference are available below.

Prof. Yarik Kryvoi, Introductory remarks


Dr Iryna Dubianetskaya, Belarusian Bible translations in the European cultural process


Uladzimir Kananovich, The Prague Slavonic Bible by Francis Skaryna (1517-1519): between the market and personal devotion.


Prof Sergejus Temcinas, The Right-Hand Sign on Skaryna’s Portrait: A New Interpretation.


Vitali Byl, When a single word matters: the role of Bible translations in the witch-hunt in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.


Dr Nelly Bekus, Building commonality and politics of re-statisation in the conditions of hegemonic states: case of Belarus.


Dzmitry Suslau, Historical simulacrum: The Minsk upper town reconstruction.


Qiaoyun Peng, Belarusian or Bela-Russian? On language and identity issues in Belarus after 1991.


Dr Simon Lewis, Towards a cosmopolitan history of Belarusian culture: Belarus in the nineteenth century literary imagination.


Stephen Hall, Learning a new normal: did the Euromaidan begin to liberalise the Belarusian regime.


Peter Braga, Belarus–China relations.


Kristiina Silvan, Echo of Komsomol? The development of Belarusian youth organisations in the post-Soviet era.


Aliaksandr Herasimenka, Transformation of the Belarusian political landscape in the era of digital platforms.


Viktorija Rusinaite, Transnational subjectivities of Belarusian political nomads.


Prof Arnold McMillin, The border between Poland and Belarus as depicted in the work of contemporary writers.


Shiori Kiyosawa, Language status planning and national language policy in Belarus: the legal protection of the Belarusian language.


Kristian Roncero, Why West Polesians have the most original anniversaries, or the noun “year” across Slavonic languages.


Dr Alexander Susha,​ Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies​


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