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Welcome to the site of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies, IARCEES. This site provides information about the Association's background and current activities, membership and publications.

The principal activities of the Association are organising an annual conference and publishing the biennial Irish Slavonic Studies. Regular updates concerning the annual conference and other Association affairs are also posted on our Facebook page.

We aim to expand our range of activities and to develop our Association as a forum for anyone with an interest in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and welcome any suggestions and ideas.

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Invitation to book launch and AGM


Next Friday, 26 May, IARCEES will launch Maria Falina's book 'Religion and Politics in Interwar Yugoslavia: Serbian Nationalism and East Orthodox Christianity'. The launch is organised by the DCU School of History and Geography and IARCEES, and will take place from 4-6pm at DCU Belvedere House.

Prior to the launch, paid-up members are invited to attend the AGM at 2.30pm, either in person at DCU, St Patrick’s Campus, D308, or online via Zoom. The access link is also contained in the Agenda for the meeting.



Launch of the IARCEES Marcus Wheeler Bursary

We are delighted to announce the launch of the IARCEES Marcus Wheeler Bursary, named in honour of IARCEES founding member, the late Marcus Wheeler, esteemed Professor of Slavonic Studies at QUB, distinguished scholar and author of the Oxford Russian–English dictionary. The award is partially funded by a generous donation from honorary life member, Professor Ronald Hill, and will go towards research-related activity within the geographic and thematic scope of IARCEES carried out by early-career researchers. IARCEES wish to express their gratitude to Prof Ron Hill for enabling the Association to create this bursary, and to Marcus Wheeler's family for agreeing to honour Marcus's contribution to the establishment and flourishing of IARCEES in this way.

For full details on eligibility, the 2022-23 application and evaluation procedure and deadlines, please download the scheme flyer.



Recent events

Symposium on "Ukraine: Empire, War and Migration Symposium", University of Galway, 7-8 Oct 2022

Centre for Investigation of Transnational Encounters (CITE)

Organised by Dr Róisín Healy


For more information, the programme and to register, go to the Symposium website.


44th IARCEES Annual and International Conference

‘Populism and Illiberalism within East, Central and Southeast Europe’, 15-17 Sept 2022, NUIM


The annual conference investigated populism and illiberalism within different European states. The conference, which took place in hybrid format, was a very well-attended and successful event, and great thanks are due to the organisers, Dr Aneta Stępień and JP Newman (both NUI Maynooth).

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The conference was opened by a public keynote lecture by Elżbieta Korolczuk, Södertööörn University & University of Warsaw, on Thursday, 15 Sept 2022, who spoke on 'Understanding the relation between populism and gender in contemporary Europe'. A recording is available on our Facebook page.

The AGM took place on Saturday, 17 Sept 2022. A new committee was elected, with Dr Aneta Stępień (NUI Maynooth) at the helm as President, and Dr Róisín Healy (NUI Galway) and Keith Harrington (NUI Maynooth) taking up the posts of Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Warm thanks were extended to outgoing President, JP Newman, outgoing Secretary of 5 years' tenure Lili Zách, Treasurer Aneta Stępień, and long-serving committee member, Ludmila Snigireva, for their role in developing the Association.

IARCEES Conference Programme 2022



Statement on the war in Ukraine

24 February 2022

We, the committee of the Irish Association for Russian, Central, and East European Studies, scholars of diverse backgrounds and disciplinary interests, condemn with one voice this morning’s military assault against Ukraine. And we unequivocally offer our support and solidarity to all those in Ukraine and elsewhere suffering as a result of this aggression. We are deeply concerned about the human consequences of this military action, consequences which, we fear, will be grave and long-lasting. We can find no explanation – much less justification – for the invasion in the reasons given by the Russian government. It is an assault on the safety and well-being of the Ukrainian people and a basic denial of the Ukrainian state’s sovereignty and democratic existence.

In the coming days and weeks, the IARCEES committee will discuss and make public the ways in which material support can be extended to the many people who will suffer at the hands of this invasion. As an academic organisation we have deep interests in both Ukraine and Russia, and a significant portion of our membership has professional and personal attachments to those countries. We remain committed to supporting all individuals and groups invested in peaceful dialogue and exchange, and we affirm our commitment to keep such lines of dialogue and exchange open.

For today, we wish to reiterate our shock at the invasion and once again express our solidarity with all those who will be adversely affected by it.

John Paul Newman, President.

Jennifer Keating, Vice President.

Balázs Apor, Committee Member.

Katja Bruisch, Affiliate.

Maria Falina, Committee Member.

Jana Fischerová, Committee Member.

Roísin Healy, Committee Member.

Tetyana Lokot, Committee Member.

Aneta Stępień, Treasurer.

Lili Zách, Committee Member.

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