Library invites participants for the Belarusian studies conference in London

The Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum together with the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and the Ostrogorski Centre invite proposals from established academics and doctoral researchers for individual papers and panel discussions on various aspects of contemporary Belarusian studies.

The conference will take place on 25 February 2017, at UCL SSEES. On 27 February, a special event will be hosted by the British Library organised in cooperation with the National Library of Belarus and the Belarusian Embassy in London to celebrate the anniversary of the Skaryna’s Bible.

The 2017 conference will coincide with the 500th anniversary of the first Bible written in old Belarusian. Francis Skaryna’s translation of the Bible, published in Prague in 1517-1519, was the first printed book in the whole of Eastern and Southern Europe and carries immense significance for the understanding of Belarusian identity. Submissions devoted to the Skaryna’s legacy are particularly welcome this year.

The conference will serve as a multidisciplinary forum of Belarusian studies in the West and will offer a rare networking opportunity for researchers of Belarus. The organisers invite contributions on history, literature, linguistics, cultural, political and religious studies and are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and panel proposals. The organisers particularly welcome contributions from doctoral students and young scholars.

Submissions are requested to be submitted by the 10th January 2017, more information can be found here.

Read the story about last year’s conference (in Belarusian).

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