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7th Annual ‘Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century’ Conference – video recordings

The 7th Annual Conference on Belarusian Studies conference took place on 18–19 February 2022 in the hybrid format. It was organised by UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library...

The 7th Annual Conference on Belarusian Studies conference took place on 18–19 February 2022 in the hybrid format. It was organised by UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum invite to the Annual London conference on Belarusian Studies.

The conference attracted over 70 participants from 11 countries, including speakers from the United Kingdom, Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic, the United States, Poland and other countries. The conference of the programme is available here.

Below you can watch videos of presentations and conference discussions. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Belarusian Studies.


Panel 1: History

Moderator: Prof Yarik Kryvoi
• Vaida Kamuntaviciene – Bernardine Nunnery and It’s Book of Miracles in the Seventeenth Century
• Anastasia Preobrazhenskaya – Poet at the Tsar court: Simeon of Polotsk in Moscow (1663-1680)
• Sándor Földvári – Martin Berzeviczy, a Hungarian Diplomat of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at King Stephen Báthory


Panel 2: Society and politics

Moderator: Dr Alena Markova
• Dr Ge Yin – New Exploration of Belarusian State Development Theory and Practice – Analysis of the Relationship between the Sixth National People’s Congress of Belarus and the Modernization of the State
• Aliaksei Kazharski – Belarus as a Liminal Space for Russia’s Ontological Security Before and After the 2020 Protests
• Dr Fabian Burkhardt and Dr Jan Matti Dollbaum – Deepening the Societal Divide? Political Attitudes towards Constitutional Reform in Belarus among Regime Supporters and Protesters


Panel 3: Protests

Moderator: Prof. Andrew Wilson
• Olena Nikolayenko – The Role of Motherhood in a Presidential Race: The Case of the 2020 Election in Belarus
• Olia Sosnovskaya – The Poetics and Politics of Interruption in the 202-21 Uprising in Belarus
• Rashed Chowdhury – The Role of Religion in the Belarusian Protests of 2020
• Vital Byl – Enchanted Revolution: the Supernatural and Occult in the Belarusian Crisis of 2020-2021


Panel 4: Political regime

Moderator: Dr Volha Charnysh
• Wasin Punthong – The Process of Authoritarian Consolidation in Belarus and Thailand: Institutional and Interpretive Manipulation
• Yuliya Miadzvetskaya – Restrictive Measures against Belarus: Are EU sanctions really Targeted, Temporary and Preventive?
• Ilya Sulzhytski – The Evolution of Lies: New Forms of State Propaganda in Belarus


Keynote Address

Keynote address: Complexity, Resilience and the Political: Understanding the Many Crises in Belarus – The Annual Lecture on Belarusian Studies: Professor Elena Korosteleva


Panel 5: Memory

Moderator: Dr Dzmitry Suslau
• Tania Arcimovich – The Performance “Paulinka” (1944-2021) as a Struggle for the Memory
• Tatsiana Astrouskaya – Contesting the Power in the Women Prison Memoirs: Evgenia Ginzburg and Larysa Heniush on their Survival and Resistance in the Gulag and After
• Yu Shirun – The Soviet Regime from the Perspective of Public Crisis – Take the Chernobyl Accident as an Example
• Hanna Chuchvaha – Memory, Trauma, and the Maternal: Post-Apocalyptic View of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster


Panel 6: Library and literature

Moderator: Dr Karalina Matskevich, Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum, UK
• Arnold McMillin – A feminist from patriarchal Belarus: The poetry of Volha Hapiejeva
• Anna Rakityanskaya – Web Archiving the Belarusian Protests: Issues, Perspectives and the Role of Curated Collecting
• Aristide LaVey – Archiving the digital semiosphere: A study in Belarus.

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Yarik Kryvoi
Yarik Kryvoi
Yarik Kryvoi is the editor-in-chief of Belarus Digest and the founder of the Ostrogorski Centre.
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